The most accurate kicker in Bengals history is calling it quits.
Shayne Graham announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday, ending a career that spanned 15 seasons. Graham, 39, 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 Saints as a free agent. He did not make the team and had a failed tryout a year later with the Seahawks before landing on the Bills’ roster. He spent the 2002 season in Carolina before joining the Bengals in 2003.
It’s appropriate it happened in Houston, where in 2004, Vinatieri delivered the game-winning field goal in the Patriots’ 32-29 Super Bowl 38 win over the Panthers.
“Thirteen years ago — I can’t believe it. Flying back in and seeing all the Super Bowl stuff brought back great memories of the last time,” Vinatieri said. “Time flies — I’m just happy to have those memories.”
That was the third ring Vinatieri won for the Patriots, before adding another in Indianapolis. The Patriots will be going for their fifth against the Falcons on Sunday. It doesn’t surprise Vinatieri that his former team is still rolling with its dynasty.
“With a quarterback like Tom Brady and a coach like Blill Belichick with Robert Kraft as owner, they’ve built a great thing there,” he said. “With gentlemen like that in your organization, you’re going to win a lot of games. ”
As what for Brady keeps doing for New England — as the oldest Cheap Jerseys Direct NBA non-kicker Cheap Jerseys And Snapbacks in the NFL at 39 — Vinatieri has the utmost respect.