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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Roger Graham: UNH's Harlon Hill Trophy winner

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When senior Roger Graham stepped onto the practice field for the first time in late August 1994, teammates had a bit of a surprise for the record-shattering University of New Haven running back.

Fresh off a junior season in which he won the Harlon Hill Trophy as the top football player in Division II, Graham had to get used to a new nickname.

“The guys have nicknamed me ‘Harlon.’ It doesn’t bother me,” Graham said in a 1994 story in the Register.

“It was a lot of fun and celebrating, at least for a while. It’s certainly something I can never forget. But once I went to the first workouts this spring, that was that. It was over. Time to move on.”


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