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His mother spent much of his early childhood handing off to family members.
Graham’s mother took him back for a couple of years but one afternoon, when Graham was eleven, she told him they were going for a ride. Graham’s mother was giving him to the State dropping him off at a group home for orphans and juvenile delinquents.
(When talking about his adoptive mother)
"I consider myself the kid with the one percent chance to make it. I’m not the kid that everyone wants to adopt. I’m that 14 year old troubled kid who everyone stays away from because they think that he has no hope. She reached down and made my one percent a hundred.
I’m a testament that […] no matter what happens if you’re willing to fight then you can be successful. If you’re willing to fight, you can change your destiny.”
Jimmy Graham, Tight End for the New Orleans Saints