News: DCW:Profile: DeMingo Graham

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  1. LaTunaNostra

    LaTunaNostra He Made the Difference

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    Profile: DeMingo Graham
    By Sam Iannuzzi


    Year in NFL: Sixth; Cowboys: First

    Height: 6-3

    Weight: 310

    College: Hofstra

    Major: Marketing/art history

    Birthdate: Sept. 10, 1973

    Birthplace: Newark, N.J.


    In today's NFL, teams rarely have enough 300-pound, versatile, experienced offensive linemen on hand. The Cowboys followed such a philosophy when they signed veteran guard/tackle DeMingo Graham last March 23.

    Graham also comes well-rested. The six-year NFL veteran was cut last Aug. 26 by the San Francisco 49ers and ended up sitting out the 2003 season. In 2002, Graham started 11 of the 14 games he played in for the Houston Texans. He sat out the final two games of the season due to a league-imposed suspension.

    In 2001, his fourth and final season in San Diego, Graham started all 16 regular-season games for the Chargers on an accomplished offensive line. During that year, then-rookie LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 1,236 yards, the second best rushing total in Charger history.

    Graham originally signed with San Diego in 1998 as a rookie free agent out of Hofstra University. He made 45 consecutive starts in college and was a senior tri-captain. He earned second team Division 1-AA Independent All-America in his final season. He survived the Chargers final cut but was deactivated for all 16 games.

    His second year in the league was a lot more active. Graham participated in all 16 games and made 10 starts at right guard in 1999. He saw action in 14 games in 2000, including one start.

    During his tenure in the league, Graham has shown the ability to play both guard positions as well as swing outside at tackle. One other thing in his favor is that coach Bill Parcells has had some success with players out of Hofstra. That's where he found standout wide receiver Wayne Chrebet as a rookie free agent in 1995.


    Pro athlete I would pay to see: Michael Jordan

    Something most people don't know about me: "A lot of people don't know that I am multicultural. I like to go to plays. I like to go to the theater. My major was art history as well as marketing. I like poetry."

    Favorite food: Chicken

    After football I would like to: "One of my goals is to own a company, preferably a publishing company. Hopefully, that will work out for me. I also have a marketing backround so I could work in that field as well."

    Most influential person in my career: "I would say God so I stay focused on Him. I'm always trying to be aware of His presence."

    All-time favorite actor: Robert De Niro

    If I could live anywhere, it would be: San Diego

    One food I absolutely won't eat: Vegetables

    Professional sport I would most like to play, other than football: "Wrestling, either the pro kind or the Olympic kind."

    Most important lesson I've learned about playing in the NFL: "Takes a lot of hard work, dedication and a commitment."

    Vacation destination I'd like to go to: Montego Bay

    Best movie I've seen: Shrek 2

    Nickname: "Mingo"

    CD most likey found in my car: "Yanni, I told you I was multicultural."

    First Car: 1994 Ford Expedition

    When I want to get away and relax I: "I like to get away and listen to my new age music. I do a little bit of yoga which helps me concentrate and relax."

    Dream dinner guests: "Muhammad Ali, Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey, Cameron Diaz."

    Jul 1, 2004
    Vinny, Parcells Reunited
    Camp California
    Well-Balanced Life
    Profile: DeMingo Graham
    Ask Coach Parcells
    A Long Haul
    Long Road to NFL
    Youngsters Compete
    Memorable Games at Texas Stadium
    NFC East
    Players Become Coaches
    Thinning Ranks at RB
    Browsing the NFL
    Will Offense be Satisfactory?
    Letters to the Editor
    Cowboys Confidential
    Landry-Era Reunion
  2. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    I'm thinking if this guy starts for us this year... we've got problems.
  3. LaTunaNostra

    LaTunaNostra He Made the Difference

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    Was it the Yanni or the Shrek II that did it for you, Mike? ;)
  4. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    You've uncovered my secret bias!
  5. MikeD17

    MikeD17 Benched

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    hey hes from New Jersey he cant be all that bad
  6. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Backwoods Sexy Staff Member

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    I am with you on the Yanni thing...I was thinking ***?
    I wonder if he has John Tesh too. :mad:
  7. Bill the Butcher

    Bill the Butcher New Member

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    Is it just me, or are Grahmm and Gurode TWINS?...LOL
  8. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    What's Graham going to do next... show up on "Queer Eye?"

    Maybe he can straighten out my sock drawer... just don't touch the mags Demingo!

    Not that there is anything wrong with that of course...

    SALADIN Jumper

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    I'll give him a pass on the Yani, but if he's also got Kenny G in his CD changer then he's just camp fodder.
  10. Skeptic

    Skeptic New Member

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    Anyone else notice that head looks a little lopsided?

    Ah well, we've had our share of headcases in Dallas the last few years.

    At least his problem is structural and not coke-related.
  11. Smith22

    Smith22 Well-Known Member

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    I was thinking the same exact thing.:p
  12. Nors

    Nors Benched

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    Our Oline sucked last year. I want Flo and as many new starters as possible.
  13. Smith22

    Smith22 Well-Known Member

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    I'm guessing that we will at the least have 2 new starters along the OL, possibly 3. We are going to have to stay healthy during the preseason in order for the OL to develop some chemistry and get use to playing together as a unit. I see our OL starters getting some serious playing time in the preseason for once.
  14. Hollywood Henderson

    Hollywood Henderson Benched

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    I just see our depth & choices as being better then the past...Yes, 2 new starters will emerge...

    Johnson at C and I think Tucker has an inside track at RT...
  15. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    I totally agree. We may not finish up with Flo, LA, Johnson, Gurode and Tucker this season with our depth. But one of them probably won't be this Graham guy unless he really surprises.

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