Otto Graham did indeed play for Rochester Royals in 1946. At the time they were in the National Basketball League, the forerunner of the NBA. He had already signed with the Cleveland Browns but their inaugural AAFC season had not yet begun. Graham had originally gone to Northwestern on a basketball scholarship and played there and later for Colgate while in flight school during WWII. Typical of Graham his team, the Royals, won the NBL title in a five-game series. That means professionally he was on 11 teams and all 11 reached eh championship game. Let’s see someone do that today!.
Ron Borges has covered the NFL since 1974. He is the lead sports columnist at the Boston Herald, a member of the 48-person Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee and nine-person senior selection committee. He has been a finalist for inclusion in the writer’s wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame seven times. His article, “Gangsta In the Huddle,’’ co-authored with Paul Solotoroff, appeared in Rolling Stone and was included in the 2014 Best American Sports Stories anthology.
Borges has regularly covered the NFL, boxing, golf, major league baseball, the NFL, NHL and five Olympics Games for the Boston Herald, Boston Globe, Oakland Tribune and other publications. He has been named Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year four times. His work has been included in Best American Sports Stories anthology 11 times and he has been named one of America’s top 10 sports columnists by the Associated Press Sports Editors numerous times in its annual competition.