The Chicago Bears made a couple of moves to bolster their tight end unit this offseason. That included signing veteran star Jimmy Graham and selecting rookie Cole Kmet in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
And according to Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times on Twitter, Kmet had a pretty funny confession about his new teammate Graham.
Bears TE Cole Kmet says he rocked a Jimmy Graham Saints jersey when he was a kid.
— Jason Lieser (@JasonLieser) August 20, 2020
Kmet was the 43rd overall pick, so naturally, it would not be surprising if he had a large role in the offense of whatever team drafted him. However, this team happens to be a Bears' group that just signed Graham as a free agent.
Graham has 649 career receptions for 7,883 yards and 74 touchdowns. While those are really good numbers, it was specifically his early years in the NFL that were dominant.
Those dominant seasons came with the New Orleans Saints. From 2011 through 2014, it was hard to find a tight end that was doing as much as Graham.
In those four years, he racked up 355 receptions for 4,396 yards and 46 touchdowns. So it is no surprise when someone tells you they owned a Saints' Graham jersey.
For Kmet, he would have been just 11 years old when New Orleans acquired Graham in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Naturally, he (like so many others) were amazed at the abilities Graham possessed.
It's funny how it all played out though. Kmet went on to be a great tight end in College himself. While Graham did it at the University of Miami, Kmet did so at Notre Dame.
And now, in 2020, they are teammates on the Bears. Kmet gets to learn from and play with someone whose jersey he used to wear as a child.
Can he duplicate the success of Graham's career? Who knows, maybe in 10 years we'll be talking about a new young tight end playing with Kmet that wore his jersey when he was a child.