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Jim Pyne
Date of birth: November 23, 1971 (1971-11-23) (age 38)
Place of birth: Milford, Massachusetts
Career information
Position(s): Offensive lineman
Jersey №: 60, 61, 71, 73
College: Virginia Tech
NFL Draft: 1994 / Round: 7 / Pick: 200
Organizations
 As player:
1995–1997
1998
1999–2000
2001
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Detroit Lions
Cleveland Browns
Philadelphia Eagles
Career highlights and awards
Retired #s: 73 (VT)
Playing stats at NFL.com

James M. Pyne (born November 23, 1971 in Milford, Massachusetts) is a former American football player and coach in the National Football League. He played college football at Virginia Tech.

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College career

Pyne attended Virginia Tech and was selected as a unanimous All-American becoming Virginia Tech's first player ever to do so and was also awarded the Dudley Award, which is given to the Commonwealth of Virginia's Outstanding Player of the Year. He was a finalist for both the Lombardi Trophy and the Outland Trophy. Virginia Tech retired his number (#73); it is one of only four football numbers retired by the school in over 100 years of football. He was named to the Big East Conferences All-time team at the turn of the century. The offensive line meeting room at Virginia Tech has been named in his honor. He has been inducted to Virginia Tech's hall of fame.

Professional career

Pyne joined the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers and played four of his nine professional seasons with the team as a starter at left guard. In 1998 he went to Detroit to play with the Lions and started 16 games at center. In 1999 he became the first overall pick of the Cleveland Browns in the 1999 expansion draft. In Cleveland he was a starter for two seasons at left guard before injuring his knee. He was named the team MVP by the Akron Browns backers and named the teams top offensive lineman by the touchdown club. He was also elected team captain while with the Browns. He was named three times to Muscle and Fitnesses' NFL all strength team. He finished his career with the NFC east division champion Philadelphia Eagles in 2002.

Personal

Pyne's father, George, Jr. played for the Boston Patriots of the American Football League in 1965. Pyne's grandfather, George Sr. played for the Providence Steam Roller of the NFL in 1931. The Pynes became the NFL's only family to play three generations of professional NFL football. They have since been joined by the Matthews family (Clay Matthews, Sr., Clay Matthews, and Clay Matthews III). He has been inducted into three halls of fame: Virginia Tech, Milford High School (Ma.), and Choate Rosemary Hall (Wallingford, CT).

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