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Key Facts

Full name
Benjamin James Graham

Known as
Ben Graham

Born
2 November 1973 (age 49)

Place of birth
Geelong, VIC (3220)

Occupation
NFL Punter, Football manager

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 292d
Last game: 30y 321d

Height and weight
Height: 196 cm
Weight: 98 kg

Senior clubs
Geelong; Australia

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 36, 7

State of origin
VIC

Family links
Ricky Graham (Uncle)Jack Graham (Grandfather)

Ben Graham

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
GeelongAFL1993-20042191450.6655%8.633.674.5053
AustraliaIR1999100.00
Total1993-20042201450.66

AFL: 10,452nd player to appear, 473rd most games played, 671st most goals kickedGeelong: 918th player to appear, 34th most games played, 54th most goals kicked

Best remembered for his prodigious kicking - he was indisputably one of the longest kicks of his time - Ben Graham was also a fine all round footballer, who was a telling and often inspirational performer for Geelong in 219 AFL games between 1993 and 2004. He captained the Cats from 2000 to 2002, and was the club's joint top goal kicker in 2001 with 33 goals, although he played for most of his career as a defender. In 1999, after winning Geelong's best and fairest award, he was touted as one of the hottest properties in the game, but towards the end of his career he seemed to lose his way a little. 

At the end of the 2004 season he forsook Australian football for the athletically and aesthetically inferior - if potentially somewhat more financially lucrative - sport of gridiron, where he attained considerable success.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.