Graham Lands NFL Job
November 27, 2001

Former Virginia Tech kicker Shayne Graham has finally landed the NFL job he coveted when he left Virginia Tech following the 1999 season. The Dublin, Va., native has been signed by the Buffalo Bills and will be their kicker starting this weekend.

At his Monday press conference, Bills coach Gregg Williams announced that the team will be making a change at the kicking position, meaning the end of Jake Arians' career as a Bill. Enter Graham.

Graham, who still is both the BIG EAST Conference's and Tech's all-time leading scorer with 371 points, boarded a plane at Roanoke Regional Airport Monday night for Buffalo. His status as the new kicker was announced Tuesday afternoon by the Buffalo Bills media relations staff.

Graham was signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints in 2000 and with the Seattle Seahawks in 2001, but was released prior to the start of the regular season each year. He is remembered most by Tech fans for hitting a 44-yard field goal as time expired to help the Hokies beat West Virginia and keep the national championship drive alive for Tech in 1999. Graham connected on 68 of 93 career field goals (73.1%) for the Hokies and joins Donovan McNabb as the only players ever to earn All-BIG EAST honors four consecutive seasons.

Graham, 23, will wear jersey No. 17 with the Bills. Hokie fans will get to see Graham immediately as the Bills (1-9) will be in action Sunday night against another former Hokie, John Engelberger, and the San Francisco 49ers. The game, which kicks off at 8:30 p.m., will be shown on ESPN.