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IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: BEN GRAHAM - NFL PUNTER

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Ben graham
Ben Graham will become the first Australian ever to play in a Super Bowl when he suits up later today in Tampa. He's the punter for the underdog Arizona Cardinals. He played Australian Rules Football for several years before coming to the US in 2005 and signing on with the New York Jets. Graham was waived by the Jets last year, then moved to the New Orleans Saints for a little while and then was signed as a free agent by the Cardinals. One of my first cases as a solo immigration lawyer was for an Australian NFL player and I was a law clerk in Arizona in the summer of 1988 and saw the very first Cardinals game in Arizona (versus the Saints if I recall correctly). And I like underdogs. So I'll be pulling for the Cardinals today. Good luck Ben!

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  1. erwre's Avatar
    Aren't there enough punters here. Why should he be imported from Australia! He is stealing a job!
  2. George Chell's Avatar
    "Aren't there enough punters here. Why should he be imported from Australia! He is stealing a job!"

    Odd! You wont hear CIS, FAIR, Stein or Kirkorian screaming against foreign punters or actors. Kirkorian and Stein are very angry that I am posting stuff calling them racists..I told them that I will stop calling them racists when they start an outcry against white foreign actors stealing jobs from aspiring Americans, white, Asian Amnerican (especially) or otherwise! I once met an aspiring American actress living on the street of Los Angeles trying to get a break..she looked like Popy Montgomerry with an authentic American accent, but Poppy, who is Australian got the job..I told CIS and FAIR that until I hear them protest against this, just like they protest against Indian and Chinese computer programmmers (they take about 200,000 jobs out of five million programmer jobs vs the foreign actors taking 4,000 jobs out of 40,000 acting jobs (in prominent movies and TV shows))I will keep calling them racists!

  3. George Chell's Avatar
    As I said, they only go after the professions, not actors, punters or baseball players..in most cases the professionals are of the wrong color...

    http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/090201/bailout_foreign_workers.html

    Not supporting the banks here as they have done a lousy job..however, this article assumes that all Americans laid off or not hired were A students while the foreigners were B or C students.

    Meanwhile Gillibrand seems to be changing her colors...seems like she now wants to get elected in 2010...

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/02/nyregion/02kirsten.html?ref=us
  4. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Yes, with the NFL laying off 150 people in their headquarters, how dare they keep a foreign punter??? I am 100% sure there is an American wanna-be player among those 150 people who is minimally qualified (played in high school or college) to perform a punter's job!
  5. j's Avatar
    coz aussies are the best punters in the world,don't be stupid and say he is stealing a job when if you were good at something in another country you would take that job.
  6. Chris Edwards's Avatar
    For those of you who don't know Mr. FakePunts: www.fakepunts.com

    As I told the editor from Winnipeg; Although I punted a 5.63 second hang time punt at the Stampeders 2009 tryout and a 5.9 sec. 52 yarder, wind aided, timed by two witnesses two days prior (hang times only produced by a small number of current NFL punters such as Shane Lechler, Andy Lee, Mike Scifres, Matt Turk ... and yet its likely none of them have hit a 6.0 this year, ... with passing skills that are still above and beyond all other punters), I'm getting attention, but not the serious attention I'm looking for... Since the Blue Bombers refused to allow me to tryout in Deland this year...It looks like I'll have to come back next year for both the NFL and CFL open camps, with a record breaking, mind blowing, semi-consistent 6.0-6.2 sec. hang time punts and we'll see what happens...

    4/6/09 WFTV Channel 9 Orlando - Sports at 9 - Chris Edwards: "Working On A Dream -38-year-old punter/quarterback looks for his place in pro football."

    http://www.wftv.com/video/19102290/index.html

    Although Sports Anchor Joe Kepner only filmed 2 punts on camera, where he was able to track the football hang time from foot-to-ground, (the punt on the preview news coverage, on the website), was a 5.0 second hang time punt. A punt on the full story was a 4.2. Just a few punts later (the punt aired twice near the end of the full story), I launched a monster 5.63+ at 50+ yards net with a 1.00 sec. hand-to-foot (which is probably a faster avg. getoff than all of the above punters, given my unique 1 1/2 step punting style). After that punt I turned and said... "take that one to the bank".
    http://www.fakepunts.com/punt563.jpg
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