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Shayne Graham

Shayne Graham during the 2006 season.
No. 17     Cincinnati Bengals
Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: December 9, 1977 (1977-12-09) (age 32)
Place of birth: Radford, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
College: Virginia Tech
Undrafted in 2001
Debuted in 2001 for the Buffalo Bills
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Franchise Tag
Career highlights and awards

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, career
  • Most points in a season (131)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Field Goals Made     196
Field Goals Attempted     230
Field Goals %     85.2
Long Field Goal     53
Stats at NFL.com

Michael Shayne Graham (born December 9, 1977 in Radford, Virginia) is an American football placekicker for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. He was originally signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2001. He played college football at Virginia Tech.

Graham has also played for the Carolina Panthers.

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Career

Graham attended Pulaski County High School (graduated in 1996) and was an avid soccer player as a kid.

He played college football at Virginia Tech and signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints in 2000, but was waived before the start of the regular season.

He spent the second half of the 2001 season with the Buffalo Bills, replacing erratic rookie Jake Arians after Arians had missed an extra point. The Bills released Graham at the end of the season, and Graham signed with the Carolina Panthers for the 2002 season, and in 2003, began his current stint with the Bengals. Ever since joining the Bengals, Graham has had an extremely successful career. In his first year with Cincinnati in 2003, Graham set a franchise record by making 88% (22 of 25) of his field goals. In the following season, Graham narrowly missed equalling his previous mark, finishing the year 27 of 31 (87.1%). 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 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 unexpectedly missed a 26-yard attempt in game 11. By the end of the season, Graham set new franchise records for field goals in a season (31) and field goal percentage (91.2)

On January 9, 2010, Graham missed two field goals during the Bengals' 24-14 wild card playoff 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.

Personal

Graham is known for his ability to eat massive quantities of food and is currently considered to be the undisputed eating champion of the Cincinnati Bengals. [1]

Charity Work

Graham has joined two other Bengals kickers (Doug Pelfrey and Jim Breech) as Executive Board Members of Kicks For Kids. Kicks For Kids is a children's charity that was founded by former kicker Doug Pelfrey in 1995 and strives to provide opportunities to children at risk in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana.

Graham has also worked to gain sponsorship for a program that donated $200 for each of his field goals in 2004 to Cincinnati's FreeStore/FoodBank, and he extended that program to also cover field goals made by the Cincinnati Marshals indoor team. He built a partnership with the Westin Cincinnati to give deserving children a chance to eat with him at the hotel's gourmet restaurant. He donated proceeds from a local kicking clinic to the YMCA. He also has worked with the Cincinnati Veterans Administration Hospital, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the IHOP Read Across America.

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Simple English

Shayne Graham
No. 4     Baltimore Ravens
Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: December 9, 1977 (1977-12-09) (age 33)
Place of birth: Radford, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
College: Virginia Tech
Undrafted in 2001
Debuted in 2001 for the Buffalo Bills
Career history
 As player:
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl selection (2005)
  • All-Pro selection (2005)

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, career
  • Most points in a season (131)

Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Field Goals Made    196
Field Goals Attempted    230
Field Goals %    85.2
Long Field Goal    53
Stats at NFL.com

Michael Shayne "The Franchise" Graham (born December 9, 1977 in Radford, Virginia) is an American Football placekicker for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). Graham played college football at Virginia Tech University.

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