McGraw, Jr., Elijah - Football, 1992

Elijah McGraw was an outstanding high school and college athlete of Savannah. He played both basketball and football at Beach High School. In football, he played offense and defense and captained the team his senior season. McGraw was named the team’s Most Valuable Lineman his senior season and was a three-year letterman in basketball. In recognition of his performance, he was named to the select group in Beach’s own hall of fame. Following his prep career, McGraw enrolled at Savannah State University and quickly made his presence known – earning the name “Grabber” for his sure-handed catches. He was a four-year co-captain and All-Conference selection his senior year, when SSU won the conference title. McGraw also played basketball at Savannah State. The team advanced to the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics Tournament twice while he was playing. After graduation, McGraw’s career was interrupted by military service, but he returned to Savannah to become a coach and teacher in local high schools. He started coaching at Johnson, and later took the position as head coach at Groves. McGraw later used his skills battling illiteracy as the director of adult and continuing education for Savannah-Chatham County public schools.

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