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Otto Everett Graham, Jr.

December 6, 1921 - December 17, 2003

A college basketball and football player at Northwestern University, Otto Graham enrolled in the Navy's V-5 program during World War II.  After completing the program he was commissioned and received his wings as a naval aviator.  Graham served for two years.

He began his professional athletic career in 1946 when he was drafted by the newly formed Cleveland Browns.  In 1946 he also played basketball for the NBA Rochester Royals.  Graham retired from basketball that year but continued with the Browns until 1955.

In 1959 he was commissioned a commander in the Coast Guard and became the head football coach and athletic director at the Coast Guard Academy, positions he held for seven years.  In 1963 Commander Graham produced the first undefeated, untied team in the Academy's history.  In 1966 he became coach and general manager of the Washington Redskins.  He was promoted to captain in the Coast Guard Reserve at that time.  He returned to the Coast Guard as athletic director in 1970 and retired in 1985 with the rank of captain.  Captain Graham was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1965, his first year of eligibility and is consistently ranked as one of the top passers of all time.

A photo of Otto Graham

"Commander Otto Graham, the new U.S. Coast Guard Academy Athletic Director."  1959.

A photo of Otto Graham

"Commander Graham receives his College Football Hall of Fame certificate from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Superintendent Rear Admiral Stephen Evans."  No date.


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