Fenway Park Seating

Dec. 3, 1962

Wide receiver Art Graham, the day after being selected Dec. 1 by the Boston Patriots in the AFL Draft, was a lock to go in the NFL Draft one day later. He was; the Cleveland Browns drafted Graham in the 11th round, the 149th player selected.

(Note: the pro drafts were not considered a TV extravaganza back in the day. They were held when most college teams were done for the year.)

So, there was no lack of speculation on where Graham might end up. He also had expressed an interest in a pro baseball career. His father was with the Red Sox briefly in the 1934 and 35 seasons.

Patriots owner Billy Sullivan very much wanted the Boston College star to stay home, and gave Graham $10,000 as an incentive.

Graham played six seasons with the Pats on his dad’s old turf – Fenway Park – with 199 career receptions, 20 for touchdowns, and 3,107 career yards.

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