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Fred Graves is an American football coach who is currently employed by the Los Angeles Chargers as a senior offensive assistant. He was previously employed by the Carolina Panthers, Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns, and Buffalo Bills as well as several universities at the college level.

Fred Graves
Los Angeles Chargers
Born: (1950-03-02) March 2, 1950 (age 69)
Los Angeles, California[1]
Career information
Position(s)Wide receiver
Career history
As coach
1975–1976Northeast Missouri State (wide receivers/tight ends)
1977–1978Western Illinois University (wide receivers/tight ends)
1979–1981New Mexico State University (wide receivers/tight ends)
1982–1989University of Utah (wide receivers)
1990University of Utah (running backs)
1991–1993University of Utah (wide receivers)
1994University of Utah (asst. head coach/wide receivers)
1995–1997University of Utah (offensive coordinator)
1998–2000University of Utah (asst. head coach/wide receivers)
2001–2003Buffalo Bills (wide receivers)
2004Cleveland Browns (wide receivers)
2005Detroit Lions (wide receivers)
2007–2010Tennessee Titans (wide receivers)
2011–2012Carolina Panthers (wide receivers)
2013–2015San Diego Chargers (wide receivers)
2016San Diego Chargers (Senior Offensive Assistant)

Playing careerEdit

Graves was a running back and wide receiver at The University of Utah from 1969-1971. As a senior, he led the team with 45 receptions.

Coaching careerEdit

Graves' coaching career began at Northeast Missouri State where he served as the wide receivers and tight ends coach from 1975-1976. He later moved on to Western Illinois University and New Mexico State University where he held the same position. In 1982, Graves returned to his alma mater, Utah, where for the next 18 years he served in a variety of positions including wide receivers coach, running backs coach, offensive coordinator, and assistant head coach. In 2001, Graves went to the NFL to be the wide receivers coach for the Buffalo Bills until 2003. Graves served as the wide receivers coach with the Cleveland Browns in 2004 and the Detroit Lions in 2005 before joining Jeff Fisher with the Tennessee Titans in 2007 as their wide receivers coach, a position he held until 2010. In 2011, Graves became the wide receivers coach for the Carolina Panthers under new coach Ron Rivera.[2][3][4] In 2013, Graves became the wide receivers coach for the San Diego Chargers under new Head Coach Mike McCoy.[5] Graves has been known to employ some unorthodox tactics as a coach; his receivers routinely catch bricks in order to improve their hands.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Fred and his wife Michele have two children: a daughter Amber, and a son Marcus.


  1. ^ "Tennessee Titans: Fred Graves". Tennessee Titans Staff. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Carolina Panthers: Fred Graves". Carolina Panthers Coaching Staff. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  3. ^ Kuharsky, Paul. "Titans position coach to watch: Fred Graves". AFC South Blog. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  4. ^ Strickland, Bryan. "Panthers hire trio of coaches". Carolina Panthers. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Meet the 2013 Chargers Coaching Staff". Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  6. ^ Kuharsky, Paul. "Titans position coach to watch: Fred Graves". AFC South Blog - ESPN. Retrieved 24 September 2012.