Arthur William Graham III (born July 31, 1941 in Somerville, Massachusetts) is a former collegiate and Professional Football wide receiver in the American Football League. He played six seasons for the Boston Patriots. He was named Patriots player of the year in 1963 after averaging 26.2 yards per catch and scoring five touchdowns. Drafted by both the Patriots and the Cleveland Browns, the Patriots offered him $10,000 to play for them. He played college football at Boston College.
His Father Art (Skinny) Graham II was an outfielder for 21 games for the Boston Red Sox during the 1934-35 seasons.
Art Graham III averaged 26.1 yards per reception during his rookie season with the Boston Patriots. Art had a career best 167 yards receiving in the Patriots thrilling 25-24 last second victory over the Houston Oilers @ Fenway Park on 11-06-64. He caught an 80 yard TD pass from Babe Parilli in the Patriots 34-17 win over the Houston Oilers on 11-29-64. Art made a game saving tackles on a long punt return by Hoot Gibson in the Patriots 17-14 win over the Oakland Raiders on 09-13-64. Art also made a game saving tackle on a long punt return by Lance Alworth in the Patriots 33-28 win over the San Diego Chargers on 09-20-64.
Art held the Patriots Team Record for the most receptions in a game for 33 years. He had 11 receptions for 134 yards and 2 TD's in the Patriots 27-27 tie with the Kansas City Chiefs on 11-20-66. He caught a 22 yard TD pass, even though he was only wearing one shoe, in the Patriots 20-14 win over the Miami Dolphins on 11-27-66. (It would take another 20 years before the Patriots would win another game played in Miami Florida)
Graham is a member of the Patriots' All-1960s (AFL) team.
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By Dean Hanley
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