Former Bengals kicker Graham retires after 15 seasons

By Ron Clements 7 February 2017
Former Bengals kicker Graham retires after 15 seasons

Shayne Graham, the most accurate kicker in Cincinnati Bengals history, is calling it quits.

Graham announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday, ending a career that spanned 15 seasons.

The 39-year-old last appeared for Super Bowl LI runners-up the Atlanta Falcons in 2015 and he was without a team in 2016.

Graham made 86.76 percent of his 204 field-goals attempts over seven years with the Bengals. 

Undrafted out of Virginia Tech in 2000, Graham signed with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent. He did not make the team and had a failed tryout a year later with the Seattle Seahawks before landing on the Buffalo Bills' roster. He spent the 2002 season in Carolina before joining the Bengals in 2003.

"One of the great regrets I have in my career is that I didn’t realize how good I had it in Cincinnati," Graham told Bengals.com.

"There was a time I fooled myself into thinking there were other things more important than what they were. I lost grasp of what true reality was. When I look back on it I feel like I could have been there a lot longer if I made different decisions. But think it made me a better person, made me a better professional."

Graham signed with the Baltimore Ravens as a free agent in 2010, but was released prior to the season opener. He appeared in one game with the New York Giants before finishing the season with the New England Patriots. He was perfect on all 12 of his field-goal attempts in eight games.

Graham continued to bounce around the league in 2011, splitting the season with the Miami Dolphins and Ravens. He was with the Texans for all of 2012, but Houston went with youngster Randy Bullock the next year. Graham spent 2013 training camp in Cleveland, but did not make the team. He then signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers and was with them for one game before kicking in two games for the Saints.

He finally had a home in New Orleans for all of 2014 and then signed with the Atlanta Falcons in 2015, but was released prior to the start of the 2016 season. 

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