Former All-Pro NFL kicker Shayne Graham, a 15-year veteran in the league, is joining the Michigan State Spartans coaching staff, according to his Instagram post.
Very excited to begin my next journey in my coaching career at Michigan State University. I’m very grateful for the opportunity I had at Central Michigan University over the past year. It was hard to say goodbye for now. But I leave with amazing memories that I will cherish forever. I will always be a fan of coach John Bonamego and the rest of the #fireup family. Looking forward to the hard work and preparation for the 2018 season. #gogreen
Graham, who was selected as first team All-Pro and to the Pro Bowl in 2005, spent last season as a quality control coach for the Central Michigan Chippewas. It was his first season as a coach after retiring from the NFL in February of 2017.
MSU has not officially announced the hire yet, but according to the Lansing State Journal, Graham will serve as a special teams intern. Graham’s Twitter bio now also makes reference to his new gig, as it reads "Michigan State special teams #GoGreen."
Graham will work under (kind of) newly-hired special teams coordinator (among other things), Don Treadwell. Treadwell is now in his third stint with the Spartans, and takes over the special teams role for Mark Snyder, who left MSU with Harlon Barnett to join the Florida State staff.
The former Virginia Tech Hookie played for multiple NFL teams, including notable long-term stints with the Cincinnati Bengals and New Orleans Saints, and he holds several Bengals kicking records. He last played in a regular season game for the Atlanta Falcons in 2015. Graham made an impressive 85.5 percent of his field goal attempts througout his career.
Welcome to East Lansing, Shayne!