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December 5, 2013

McGraw named on Register All-Century Football Team

The Des Moines Register released their All-Century Iowa High School Football Team in the Sunday newspaper.

One of the players listed on the team played his high school ball in Marion County.

Named to the All-Century Team (1914-2013) was Grant McGraw as an end. McGraw played his high school football at Pleasantville under the direction of head coach John Danks.

Other ends named to the offensive squad over the past 100 years were Karl Noonan, Davenport Assumption (1961), Bill Happel, Cedar Rapids Washington (1981), Marv Cook, West Branch (1982-83), Michael Burger, Harlan (1992-93), Dallas Clark, Twin River Valley (Bode), (1997), Keenan Davis, Cedar Rapids Washington (2007-08), and Allen Lazard, Urbandale, (2011-13).

Grant currently lives and works in Indianola. He works for Edward Jones, a financial planning firm.

Grant McGraw was named to the all-state team in football three times. His senior season, he and Pleasantville quarterback Scott Koerselman, were each named to the elite Des Moines Register All-State Football Team.

“To find out I made the All-Century Football Team was a nice honor. To tell you the truth, the highlight of the whole thing is when Coach (John) Danks called me and how excited he was that I made the team,” Grant said.

“What I remember most about high school is how competitive we were as a team,” he commented.

When he graduated, Grant held three career all-time records in football for all classes.

He had 46 career touchdown passes. He had 3,710 career receiving yards. Those two records still stand 17 years after he graduated.

The third record he held when he graduated was career catches with 171. That mark has since been broken. “I’m only seventh on that list now,” Grant stated.

Grant’s junior year in high school the Trojans were knocked off in a playoff game in the UNI-Dome by Hudson.

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