Quick Garrett Graham Story

Posted by Scott Stump – http://twitter.com/Scott_Stump

E-mail: stump@allshoremedia.com

Now that Garrett Graham is set to begin his professional career after being selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the Houston Texans, there is one former Brick Memorial player who can say he was a future NFL player for a day.

During Graham’s senior season at Brick Memorial in 2004, he suffered a season-ending meniscus injury in his knee, which no one really knew about except the team. They somehow kept it a secret leading up to a Central Jersey Group IV playoff game against Sayreville. In the days leading up to the game, a senior named Ian Jasperse approached head coach Fred Sprengel and said that he would wear Graham’s No. 16 jersey as a decoy. Jasperse was tall and thin and at least bore a passing resemblance to Graham.

They dressed Jasperse in Graham’s jersey and put him in the game. Early in the game, the Mustangs ran a reverse pass trick play and hit Jasperse deep down the field, only for the public address announcer to announce the catch being made by Garrett Graham, much to the chagrin of Jasperse’s family, as he was a wideout who had barely caught any passes all season and now he was being announced as another player. For the whole game, Sayreville was double-covering Jasperse thinking it was Graham, and the Mustangs nearly pulled off the upset before losing 22-19. After the game, the Sayreville coaches were saying that they thought Graham was a little bigger than that.

The postscript is that Garrett Graham’s No. 16 jersey has now been retired at Brick Memorial, as he is the first player in school history to get selected in the NFL Draft.

“And the last guy to actually wear that jersey,” Graham said before smiling at his recent draft party, “was Ian Jasperse.”

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