Shayne Graham kicks his way into the NFL record book

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NFL placekickers have a way of staying anonymous… that is until they make a big kick, or worse, when they miss a big kick.

New Orleans Saints kicker Shayne Graham quietly made a pair of second quarter field goals in his team’s 17-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week #16. In the process, he became the first placekicker in NFL history to make field goals for eight different NFL teams.

Graham, who is best known for a seven-year career as kicker for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2003-09 where he made 177 field goals, signed with the Saints on December 17, replacing Garrett Hartley (ironically, Graham signed his first professional contract with the Saints back in 2000 after being undrafted). Through games of December 23, 2013, Graham has made 247 field goals. In addition to the two he made last week with New Orleans, Graham has now made field goals with Baltimore, Buffalo, Carolina, Cincinnati, Houston, Miami and New England.

Graham is one of 18 kickers to make field goals with five or more NFL teams. Here’s a list of those players (also noted is the career years for each kicker and the number of career made field goals):

Field Goals with 8 NFL teams
Shayne Graham, 2001-active (247 field goals made)

Field Goals with 7 NFL teams
Joe Nedney, 1996-2010 (256)
Eddie Murray, 1980-2000 (352)

Field Goals with 6 NFL teams
Doug Brien, 1994-2005 (207)
Greg Davis, 1989-98 (224)
Todd Peterson, 1994-2005 (235)
Matt Bahr, 1979-95 (300)
John Carney, 1988-2010 (478)

Field Goals with 5 NFL teams
Fred Steinfort, 1976-83 (63)
Dave Raynor, 2005-11 (65)
Brett Conway, 1998-2003 (69)
Benny Ricardo, 1976-84 (92)
Tom Dempsey, 1969-79 (159)
Cary Blanchard, 1992-2000 (165)
Jay Feely, 2001-active (327)
Olindo Mare, 1997-2010 (356)
Gary Anderson, 1982-2004 (538)
Morten Andersen, 1982-2007 (565)

* To qualify for the above list, player must have had a minimum of 50 made field goals and played a majority of his career in the Super Bowl era.

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