Ray Graham Interview
Sr. / Pittsburgh / RB

Updated - 1-18-13

By: Alex Khvatov


Alex Khvatov:  Describe your experience at the 2013 Shrine Game thus far. 
Ray Graham:  It has been good.  We were blessed to go to the Shriners Hospital.  Those kids loved us, and we loved them.  It was good.  I had a chance to meet new people and to see different players here.  It is a great feeling.
Alex Khvatov:  What is your most memorable moment here during the first two days?
Ray Graham:  It is definitely the Shriners Hospital.  The kids smiled when they saw us coming in.  It was just priceless.  It is definitely bigger than just putting these pads and cleats on.  The kids loved us.
Alex Khvatov:  You have been one of the top players on the East squad during the first two practices, what have been the biggest keys for you?
Ray Graham:  I am just going hard on every play.  I am trying to make a name for myself here.  I am trying to get better on every play.
Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths on the football field?
Ray Graham:  I pick up the schemes quickly.  I learn very quickly.  I like my chances one on one against the defender.  I also do a good job catching the ball out of the backfield. 
Alex Khvatov:  What areas of your game are you trying to improve upon this week?
Ray Graham:  I am just trying to show them that I have gained my explosiveness back.  Let them know that I am here to get better.
Alex Khvatov:  What players have stood out to you on the East squad?
Ray Graham:  I like the linebackers.  They have stood out.  Gerald Hodges is making a lot of plays.  Sio Moore from UConn is standing out as well.  I like the linebackers because that is who I am always dealing with. 
Alex Khvatov:  Tell me about your career at Pittsburgh.
Ray Graham:  It was good.  We have been through a lot of coaches during my time there.  It was a good time.  The sky is the limit, and only the strong survive.  That is what I have learned.  Dealing with all of those coaching changes, players could have easily transferred or could have just left.  We stayed strong and stuck together as a family.
Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence, Ray Graham is….
Ray Graham:  I am a good dude.  I am a relaxed guy.  I am always chilling.  I am always looking to get better as a football player.  I take football very seriously.  I always watch film or other running backs in order to get better in general. 


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