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Virginia Tech Football: Shayne Graham Retires from the NFL

After 15 years in the NFL, Hokies’ all-time leading scorer, Shayne Graham, retires.

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Virginia Tech’s all-time leading scorer, Shayne Graham, with the Atlanta Falcons in 2015
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Shayne Graham will always be remembered for the kick that defeated West Virginia in the 1999 season. That kick defeated the hated Mountaineers and played a major part in the best season in Virginia Tech history, as the Hokies went on to play in the national championship game.

But Graham’s legacy was much more than that. A four-year starter from the moment he arrived on campus in 1996, Graham broke every school and Big East record during his time with the Hokies.

In his four years in Blacksburg, Shayne connected on 69 field goals, 169 point-after attempts and holds school records for most career points, field goals made in a career, single-season points and numerous other accomplishments. When he left the Hokies after the 1999 season, Graham was the Big East’s all-time leading scorer with 376 career points.

On Monday, Graham decided to call it a career.

Not only did Graham have a historic college career, he was pretty good in the NFL, too. He retires as the 10th-most accurate kicker in NFL history and scored 1,260 points in a career that saw him spend time with 15 organizations and kick for 10 different teams in actual games. He was best known for his time with the Cincinnati Bengals where he made the Pro Bowl and spent one season under the franchise tag.

Best of luck, Shayne, and thanks for all the memories.