Graham in 2006.
No. 3 New Orleans Saints
|Date of birth:December 9, 1977|
|Place of birth: Radford, Virginia|
|High school: Dublin (VA) Pulaski County|
|College: Virginia Tech|
|Undrafted in 2000|
|Debuted in 2000 for the Richmond Speed|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Bengals franchise records
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Michael Shayne Graham (born December 9, 1977) is an American football placekicker who is currently a member of the New Orleans Saints. He was signed by the Richmond Speed as an undrafted free agent in 2000. He played college football at Virginia Tech. Graham has been on the rosters of 14 NFL franchises and 17 NFL teams in his career (separately signed twice to three franchises), but is known for his 7 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals where he made his only Pro Bowl in 2005.
- 1 Early years
- 2 College career
- 3 Professional career
- 3.1 Richmond Speed
- 3.2 New Orleans Saints
- 3.3 Seattle Seahawks
- 3.4 Buffalo Bills
- 3.5 Return to Seattle
- 3.6 Carolina Panthers
- 3.7 Cincinnati Bengals
- 3.8 Baltimore Ravens
- 3.9 New York Giants
- 3.10 New England Patriots
- 3.11 Washington Redskins
- 3.12 Dallas Cowboys
- 3.13 Miami Dolphins
- 3.14 Baltimore Ravens
- 3.15 Houston Texans
- 3.16 Cleveland Browns
- 3.17 Pittsburgh Steelers
- 3.18 Return to New Orleans
- 4 Bengals franchise records
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Graham attended Pulaski County High School in Dublin, Virginia, graduating in 1996. He holds many of the school's kicking records including most field goals in career (28, from 1992–1995), most field goals in a season (15, 1995), and longest field goal, a 54-yarder against Anacostia in 1995.
Graham played college football at Virginia Tech and was named to the first-team All-Big East Conference in all four seasons. In 1999, as a senior, Graham earned Big East Special Teams Player of the Year honors after leading the conference and breaking the school's single-season scoring record with 107 points on 56-of-57 extra points and 17-of-22 field goals. He was 68-of-93 (73.1%) in field goals for his Virginia Tech career and set a Virginia Tech and Big East record with 97 consecutive successful extra points. He left Virginia Tech as the all-time scoring leader in school history and Big East history with 371 points.
Following a tryout with the Cleveland Browns, it was announced in May 2000, that Graham would play in two games for the Richmond Speed of the AF2, and that he would use the time to practice for a future NFL tryout with the Tennessee Titans. As it turned out Graham played in only one game for the Speed, a 60 - 21 loss against the Arkansas Twisters on May 26, 2000.
New Orleans Saints
After going undrafted in the 2000 NFL Draft, Graham signed with the New Orleans Saints on June 30, 2000. After going 1-for-1 on extra points and not attempting a field goal in the preseason, he was waived on August 22, 2000.
Graham was signed by the Seattle Seahawks on April 27, 2001. He was 6-for-6 on extra points in the preseason but had his only field goal attempt blocked. He was waived on September 2, 2001. On October 30, 2001, Graham was invited back for a tryout after kicker Rian Lindell missed two field goals in a 24-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Graham did not get a contract and Lindell was retained as the Seahawks' kicker for the remainder of the 2001 season.
The Buffalo Bills signed Graham on November 27, 2001 to replace rookie kicker Jake Arians; Arians had missed several key field goals and a crucial extra point over the course of the season. Graham played in the Bills' final six games, going 6-for-8 on field goals. He was released at the end of the season and replaced by Mike Hollis.
Return to Seattle
Graham signed with the Carolina Panthers on September 28, 2002, after an injury to veteran John Kasay. He played in 11 of the Panthers' final 13 games, leading the team in scoring with 60 points. He was 13-of-18 on field goals and averaged 66 yards on his five kickoffs. After spending the 2003 preseason with Carolina, Graham was waived on August 31, right before the season began.
In the following offseason, Graham was tendered a restricted free agent offer sheet by the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the offer was matched by the Bengals. In 2004, Graham narrowly missed matching his previous season's accuracy mark, finishing the year 27-of-31 (87.1%) on field goals. In 2005, Graham made 28-of-32 field goals (87.5%), scored a franchise record 131 points, was selected to be the kicker for the AFC Pro Bowl squad, and helped the Bengals record their first winning season since 1990. Graham was the first kicker in franchise history ever to be selected to play in a Pro Bowl.
In 2005, Graham set the NFL record for tackles by a kicker with 11 combined (7 plus 4 assists.)
In 2006, Graham finished fourth in the AFC with 115 points and was 25-of-30 (83.3%) on field goals on the season. In 2007, Graham missed his first field goal attempt of the season (a 53-yard attempt). But after that, he set set a Bengals record by kicking 21 consecutive field goals without a miss over the season's first 10 games. This included a game against the Baltimore Ravens where he set a franchise record by kicking 7 field goals (the second highest total in NFL history). His streak came to an end when he missed a 26-yard attempt in Week 12. By the end of the season, Graham set new franchise records for field goals in a season (31) and field goal percentage (91.2).
Graham finished the 2008 season with an 87.5 field goal percentage, going 21-of-24. In 2009, Graham went 23-of-28 in the regular season, his lowest percentage — 82.1 — in his Bengals career. In the Wild Card playoffs on January 9, 2010, Graham missed two field goals in the Bengals' 24–14 loss to the New York Jets, including a 28-yard attempt that would have cut the score to 24–17 late in the fourth quarter. After the game, Marvin Lewis commented on Graham's missed field goals stating "It is a shame, and it killed us. Unfortunately kicking is mostly a one-man operation. I know Shayne feels worse about it than anyone. Those points obviously make a big difference."
He was not re-signed as an unrestricted free agent following the 2009 season.
New York Giants
On October 16, 2010, the New York Giants signed Graham due to an injury to kicker Lawrence Tynes. Graham only played in one game for the Giants and did not attempt a field goal. He did, however, make all four of his extra point attempts. On October 18, 2010, just two days after being signed, the Giants released Graham.
New England Patriots
On November 10, 2010, the New England Patriots signed Graham after an injury to kicker Stephen Gostkowski. In his first game, in Week 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Graham was 2-for-2 on field goals but missed one of four extra point attempts on the night. In eight games, Graham finished the 2010 season 12-for-12 on field goals, and 35-for-37 on extra points. In the playoffs, Graham was 2-for-2 in the Patriots loss to the Jets.
The Baltimore Ravens signed Graham on December 21, 2011 to back up Billy Cundiff, who had a calf injury throughout most of December. Graham made both field goal attempts and both extra point attempts in his short stint with the team. Graham was released on January 3.
The Texans signed Graham on May 7, 2012, to battle rookie Randy Bullock for the position. In August, Graham was named the team's kicker after Bullock went on injured reserve. On January 13, 2013, Graham set his career longest field goal after he made a 55-yard field goal against the New England Patriots in the divisional round of the playoffs.
On April 15, 2013, the Cleveland Browns signed Graham to replace Phil Dawson who left as a free agent. On August 31, 2013, he was surprisingly released, even after making all of his pre-season attempts, leaving the Browns with no kicker on the roster days before the season began.
On September 9, 2013, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed Graham due to a hamstring injury to Shaun Suisham. Graham was on the roster for one game, but was inactive due to Suisham's ability to play through his injury. Since he was not needed, Graham was released by the Steelers on September 17.
Return to New Orleans
Graham was re-signed by the Saints on December 17, 2013 to replace Garrett Hartley. Hartley had been cut from the Saints after he had struggled in the 2012 and 2013 seasons and the final straw came when he missed two close range field goals in a game against the St. Louis Rams. On January 4, 2014 Graham went 4 for 4 including a 32-yard game winner as time expired to propel the Saints past the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card round of the 2014 playoffs. However, the following week during the Divisional Round game he missed two field goals versus the Seattle Seahawks. On his first miss, from 45-yards, holder (and backup quarterback) Luke McCown had the laces facing the wrong way. Strong winds also contributed to his poor performance.
On February 14, 2014, the Saints re-signed Graham to a new one-year contract with a base salary of $955,000.
Bengals franchise records
- Most field goals in a season (31)
- Most field goals in a game (7)
- Highest field goal percentage in a season (91.2)
- Highest field goal percentage in a career
- Most points in a season (131) (since surpassed by Mike Nugent, who scored 132 in 2011.)
- The Deuce Scoop www.oursportscentral.com, Retrieved February 10, 2014
- Hokie day in af2 www.cnnsi.com, Retrieved February 9, 2014
- Week 9: Arkansas 60 at Richmond 21 www.arenafan.com, Retrieved February 9, 2014
- Transactions The Seattle Times, July 1, 2000, Retrieved January 11, 2014
- Seahawks One Signed www.KFFL.com, Retrieved January 11, 2014
- Three kickers given tryout by SeahawksThe Seattle Times, October 31, 2001, Retrieved January 11, 2014
- Seahawks Roster Cuts www.KFFL.com, Retrieved January 11, 2014
- Former Hokie finds a job The Free Lance-Star, November 28, 2001, Retrieved February 8, 2014
- Kicker Signed www.KFFL.com, Retrieved January 11, 2014
- Training camp highlights: Day 17 The Seattle Times, Retrieved January 11, 2014
- Herrera, Tom (2010-01-09). "Shayne Graham May Have Played His Last Game as Bengals' Kicker". FanHouse. Retrieved 2010-11-18.
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- Giants sign Shayne Graham with injured kicker Lawrence Tynes' status in doubt for Sunday NY Daily News, October 16, 2010, Retrieved February 8, 2014
- GIANTS CUT FILL-IN KICKER The New York Times, October 18, 2010, Retrieved February 8, 2014
- "Redskins bring in veteran K Shayne Graham". WJLA.com. 2011-08-02. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
- Jones, Mike (2011-08-14). "Redskins cut kicker Shayne Graham - The Insider". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram (2011-08-23). "Cowboys Corner: K Shayne Graham signs with Cowboys". Sportsblogs.star-telegram.com. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
- Dolphins sign Shayne Graham with Dan Carpenter out www.phins-spotlight.com, Retrieved February 7, 2014
- Ravens sign Shayne Graham www.espn.com, Retrieved February 7, 2014
- "Texans sign Shayne Graham". ESPN.com. 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2014-03-23.
- "Texans report: Shayne Graham wins kicking job (by default)". Sporting News.com. 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2012-08-27.
- "Patriots head to AFC title game without Gronkowski". Chicago Tribune. 2013-01-13. Retrieved 2014-03-23.
- "Shayne Graham signs with Cleveland Browns". NFL.com. 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
- Northeast Ohio. "Cleveland Browns cut Shayne Graham, looking for a new kicker a week before the season; waive 13 others". cleveland.com. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
- "Steelers sign Shayne Graham". Freak Fan Gear. 2013-09-09. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
- "Steelers cut Shayne Graham, sign some CB depth | ProFootballTalk". Profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
- Garafolo, Mike (2013-12-17). https://twitter.com/intent/user?original_referer=file%3A%2F%2F%2Fvar%2Fmobile%2FApplications%2F2744A41B-4A15-47E3-A115-53B3BE3751DA%2FtheScore.app%2F&partner=tweetdeck&screen_name=MikeGarafolo&tw_i=413095136575635456&tw_p=tweetembed. Retrieved 2013-12-17. Missing or empty
|title=(help) In the 2014 NFL Wild-Card Playoff Game, Graham kicked a game-winning 32-yard field goal to give New Orleans the win over Philadelphia 26-24.
- Seahawks beat Saints, 23-15, to reach NFC championship cbsnews.com, Retrieved January 17, 2014
- Saints inexplicably never got one final chance The Seattle Times, Retrieved January 17, 2014
- New Orleans Saints re-sign kicker Shayne Graham, offensive lineman Bryce Harris www.nola.com, Retrieved February 15, 2014
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