Former Saints Star Jimmy Graham Takes on Arctic Ocean Rowing Challenge for Charity


Former New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is embarking on a monumental journey, swapping his football gear for rowing equipment as he joins a four-person team for a daring expedition across the Arctic Ocean in July 2025.

Graham, known for his athleticism and adventurous spirit, announced his participation in the Arctic Challenge, a grueling 1000-kilometer rowing trek that will test the team's endurance and determination like never before. The expedition, slated to begin in Tromsø, Norway, and conclude in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, will see the team rowing nonstop, 24 hours a day, for an estimated duration of 10-21 days.

Teaming up with Graham are former U.S. Navy SEAL Andrew Tropp, rowing champions Hannah Huppi and John Huppi. Graham, serving as the lead navigator, brings his passion for adventure and commitment to charitable causes to the mission.

The team's goal extends beyond personal achievement, aiming to set multiple world records, including becoming the first mixed-gendered team to row the Arctic Ocean and setting the record for the fastest four-person team to complete the journey. Additionally, Graham's participation marks a historic moment as he aims to become the first Black person to row a polar ocean.

Driven by a desire to inspire and empower disadvantaged youth, the expedition is partnering with nonprofit organizations such as Covenant House and the Jimmy Graham Foundation. Through their remarkable feat, the team hopes to showcase the power of determination, teamwork, and resilience, instilling in young minds the belief that no obstacle is insurmountable.

Preparation for the Arctic Challenge will require rigorous training and preparation, with Graham dedicating himself to cross-training, sea trials, and shorter missions in the lead-up to the expedition. Despite the physical and mental challenges that lie ahead, Graham remains undeterred, embracing the opportunity to push himself in a new direction and make a meaningful impact beyond the football field.

As Graham sets his sights on this audacious endeavor, the world watches in anticipation, eager to witness the triumph of the human spirit against the backdrop of one of nature's most unforgiving landscapes.