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Fans Vote Graham as the NEXT Football Star

Pro Bowl TE received 42 percent of the vote.


Saints TE Jimmy Graham won ESPN The Magazine's Fan Poll for who is the "NEXT" football star.

More than 300,000 people voted in the magazine's poll and the Saints TE received 42 percent of the votes.

Along with Graham, Panthers QB Cam Newton (32 percent), Stanford QB Andrew Luck (18 percent), South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney (6%) and Alabama DB Dre Kirkpatrick (2%) were nominated for the category.

Graham earned his first Pro Bowl selection on Tuesday. He is currently third in the NFL in receptions (91), eighth in receiving yards (1,213) and tied for 11th in touchdowns (10) – all three are team records by a TE.

The "NEXT" story appears in the Jan. 9, 2012 NEXT issue of ESPN The Magazine.

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