Graf was born on August 5, 1953 in Dunkirk to David and Arlene Graf of Dunkirk and was in the Dunkirk school system his entire career and graduated in 1971. Graf was an outstanding athlete in football, track and basketball at Dunkirk High School in the late 1960s and the early 1970s when the Marauders were one of the area's top sports programs. Graf received 10 varsity letters in high school with three each in football, track and basketball. His senior campaign (1970) saw the Marauders compile a 7-1 football record with the only loss being to Orchard Park in the final game of the season.
Graf was a standout at both offensive and defensive ends and was named All-State and All-Western New York. He played on a 19-2 basketball team and twice won the Section 6 championship in the long jump.
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