The New Orleans Saints signed Shayne Graham late in the 2013 season to handle placekicking duties as he returned to the club where he originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2000. Graham ranks fifth in NFL history in field goal accuracy, hitting 85.5% of his attempts (247 of 289). He played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2003-09, where he owns several franchise records. In the final two regular season games, Graham drilled both of his field goal attempts and also hit a 32-yard game-winner in the postseason to help the Saints to their first road playoff win in franchise history.
NFL CAREER – The New Orleans Saints signed Shayne Graham late in the 2013 season to handle placekicking duties as he returned to the club where he originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2000. Graham ranks fifth in NFL history in field goal accuracy, hitting 85.5% of his attempts (247 of 289). He played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2003-09, where he owns several franchise records. In the final two regular season games, Graham drilled both of his field goal attempts and also hit a 32-yard game-winner in the postseason to help the Saints to their first road playoff win in franchise history.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Signed by New Orleans Saints, 12/18/13; Released by Pittsburgh Steelers, 9/17/13; Signed by Pittsburgh, 9/9/13; Released by Cleveland Browns, 8/31/13; Signed by Cleveland (UFA-HST), 4/15/13; Signed by Houston Texans to a one-year contract, 5/5/12; Waived by Baltimore Ravens, 1/3/12; Signed by Baltimore, 12/21/11; Waived by Miami Dolphins, 11/30/11; Signed by Dolphins, 11/19/11; Released by Dallas Cowboys, 9/3/11; Signed by Cowboys, 8/23/11; Released by Washington Redskins, 8/14/11; Signed by Washington, 8/1/11; Signed by New England Patriots, 11/10/10; Released by New York Giants, 10/18/10; Signed by Giants, 10/16/10; Released by Baltimore, 9/4/10; Signed by Baltimore Ravens (UFA-CIN), 6/3/10. Signed one-year franchise tender with Cincinnati Bengals, 5/1/09; Designated franchise player by Cincinnati, 2/16/09; Re-signed by Cincinnati to a five-year contract, 3/5/04; Acquired by Cincinnati off waivers from Carolina Panthers, 9/2/03; Waived by Panthers, 9/1/03; Signed by Carolina, 9/27/02; Waived by Seattle Seahawks, 8/15/02; Signed by Seahawks, 5/15/02; Waived by Buffalo Bills, 4/23/02; Signed by Buffalo, 11/27/01; Waived by Seattle, 9/2/01; Signed by Seattle, 4/27/01; Waived by Saints 8/22/00; Originally signed by Saints as an undrafted free agent, 6/30/00.
HONORS – 2005: Pro Bowl; Associated Press second-team All-Pro.
2013 – In the final two regular season games, drilled both field goal attempts and seven-of-seven PAT attempts…In the NFC Wild Card Playoff at Philadelphia, 1/4/14, connected on a club playoff record four-of-four field goal attempts, booting a 32-yard game-winner as time expired and on two-of-two PATs…In NFC Divisional Playoff at Seattle, 1/11/14, missed field goal attempts from 45- and 48-yards and converted one PAT…Before signing with New Orleans with two regular season games remaining, went to training camp with the Browns and spent part of the season on the Steelers roster. 2012 – Appeared in all 16 games with Houston...Set a Texans franchise record with a career-high 138 points, ranked fifth in the league...Connected on 31 of 38 (81.6%) field goal attempts...31 made field goals tied a career best...Set a career-high with 28 touchbacks on kickoffs...Became the 45th kicker in NFL history to score 1,000 career points after connecting on a 33-yard field goal against Tennessee, Sept. 30...Tied a team single-game record after converting on five field goals against Indianapolis, Dec. 16. 2011 – Appeared in two games with Miami and one with Baltimore...Converted on four of five field goal attempts with the Dolphins and both attempts with the Ravens. 2010 – Appeared in one game with the New York Giants and eight with New England. Connected on all 12 field goal attempts...Made two field goal attempts and a PAT vs. the Jets during the Divisional Round of the playoffs, 1/16/11. 2009 – Led Bengals with 98 points. Made 23 of 28 field goals and 28 of 29 PATs...Tied career-long with 53 yard field goal vs. Cleveland, Nov. 29. 2008 – Totaled 78 points in 14 games. Missed two contests with a groin injury. Connected on 21 of 24 field goal tries and all 15 PATs. 2007 – Recorded a career-high and Bengals franchise record by recording a 91.2% mark on field goals (31 of 34). Tied a career-high with 31 field goals. Totaled 130 points. Set a team record with 21 consecutive field goals made...Converted on all seven field goal attempts at Baltimore, Nov. 11. The seven made field goals tied for the second-most in a single-game in NFL history. 2006 – Scored more than 100 points for fourth consecutive season (115). Tied for fifth in NFL with 13 touchbacks on kickoffs. Recorded career-high 11 special teams tackles. 2005 – Selected to Pro Bowl. Finished third in NFL with 131 points, which set a team record. Connected on 28 of 32 field goal attempts and all 47 PATs, which marked a career-best. 2004 – Totaled 122 points after converting 27 of 31 field goals and all 41 PATs…Tied a career-long with a 53-yard field goal against Denver, Oct. 25. 2003 – Converted 22 of 25 field goal attempts and all 40 extra PATs in his first season with Bengals...Scored 106 points. 2002 – Played in final 11 games of season with Panthers. Made 13 of 18 field goals and all 21 PATs. 2001 – Converted on six of eight field goals and all PATs during seven games with the Bills. 2000 – Attended the Browns rookie minicamp on a tryout basis…Spent training camp with the Saints.
COLLEGE – Four-year letterman at Virginia Tech (1996-99)...Became second player in conference history to be named Big East first-team four consecutive seasons...Finished career as conference’s career scoring leader with 371 points...Named the Big East Special Teams Player of the Year after leading the conference and setting the Hokies’ single-season scoring record with 107 points in 1999.
PERSONAL – Native of Radford, Virginia, who attended Pulaski (Dublin, Va.) HS...Also played soccer...Lists playing golf and flying planes as a hobby...Lists “The Goonies” as his favorite move...Established the Shayne Graham Foundation in 2008, which provides resources to underserved children, military and their family and other charitable initiatives…His foundation can be found at www.shaynegraham.com...Also has a passion for charities involving the military.
New Orleans Saints senior writer John DeShazier talks with kicker Shayne Graham about his game-winning field goal against the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday, January 4, 2014 (New Orleans Saints video)
Saints kicker Shayne Graham kicks a game-winning 32-yard field goal against the Philadelphia Eagles.