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Packers TE Jimmy Graham hosts charity cornhole tournament over weekend

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Jimmy Graham’s cornhole challenge raised money for the Wounded Warrior Project and Angel Flight, all while getting to know the fans.

NFL: Green Bay Packers-OTA Milwaukee Journal Sentinel-USA TODAY NETWORK

The Jimmy Graham Charity Cornhole Challenge was held on Sunday at Badger State Brewing Company in Green Bay.

Graham, in town a few days before the Packers start training camp on July 26, hosted the event to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and Angel Flight. 52 teams and 104 people participated in the tournament. There were several silent auction items available to bid on including signed Jimmy Graham jerseys and helmets, a signed Clay Matthews jersey, and tickets to games against the Bears and Vikings.

Graham really wanted to get to know the fans and have the fans get to know him and what his passions are. Graham spoke candidly with fans and spent plenty of time having conversations with anyone who approached him.

“You know, Packer nation kind of loves and you know it’s much deeper than that. It’s almost part of who they are here and to really see that and be a part of that is going to be special, it really is,” Graham said.

The former Seattle Seahawk signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the Packers this past spring. Being a longtime Packer and Brett Favre fan, Graham decided on Green Bay when looking at three things: scheme, quarterback and the team’s hunger to win.

It’ll be exciting to see how Graham meshes with the rest of the offense. Graham is predicting a well-balanced offense with a surprising running game and can’t wait to start playing with the other pass-catching weapons.

“But I’m looking forward to playing with Randall [Cobb] and Davante [Adams]. Hopefully, they get doubled every play and I’ll be one-on-one with a linebacker,” Graham said, jokingly.

I’ll take Graham one-on-one over just about every linebacker in the league. He has size, speed, athleticism, and his health could be better than it has been over the past two seasons. Having Mercedes Lewis (whom Graham says is a shockingly big dude) on the roster will help keep Graham active in the passing game.

The Packers start training camp on Thursday, July 26.