Scottie Graham

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Scottie Graham
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Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1969-03-28) March 28, 1969 (age 46)
Place of birth: Long Beach, New York
Career information
High school: Long Beach (NY)
College: Ohio State
NFL draft: 1992 / Round: 7 / Pick: 188
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards: 1,267
Average: 3.5
Rushing TDs: 7
Stats at

James Otis Graham, better known as Scottie, (born March 28, 1969) is a former professional football player who played running back for six seasons in the NFL; New York Jets (1992), Minnesota Vikings (1993–1996) and the Cincinnati Bengals (1997).


Graham attended Long Beach High School in Long Beach, New York, where he was a high school All-American in three sports: football, wrestling and lacrosse. He continued his football career with a full scholarship to The Ohio State University, lettering four years and starting three years as running back. Senior year, Scottie was elected team captain by his peers.

Graham continued his graduate studies during the off-season and received his master's degree in Black Studies at Ohio State during his fourth year with the Minnesota Vikings. In 1993, Graham certainly climbed through the ranks to make a name for himself, finishing the season as Minnesota's leading rusher, and by the end of December, his 448 yards placed him 16th in the NFC with zero fumbles. In one two game stretch, Scottie rushed for 166 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs and the following week, rushed for 139 yards against the Green Bay Packers. These 305 total rushing yards during two games were the most ever by a Viking running back in a two-game stretch.

Currently entering his 13th year with the NFL Players Association in Washington, D.C., Graham began his career as a Regional Director with the trade association; however, he moved to the commercial subsidiary NFL PLAYERS to directly engage players with business partners, as the Director of Player Marketing and Engagement.

Personal life[edit]

Graham and his wife Mary live in Ashburn, Virginia with their two children, Mylek and Marika.