Acquired the second nickname of “Zev” as a quarterback for Fordham University in 1923. Graham picked up a fumble and raced 92 yards for a touchdown against Lehigh. A thoroughbred named Zev had won a race against an English horse of considerable reputation earlier in the day. As Graham crossed the goal line a fan shouted “There goes Zev.” The nickname stuck. He was an All-American choice in several polls during his Fordham playing days, once scoring 30 points in a 48-0 ram victory over St. Mary’s. Graham also starred as an outfielder for Fordham and the Akron General Tires.