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Andy Graham

Ever wonder what happens to those talented kids who perform in the finals of the Ford sponsored National Football League's Pass, Punt and Kick Contests. In Andy Graham's case he went on to become a highly successful kicker at The University of Akron. In 1970, when Graham was 12, he earned a trip to San Diego and wound up third nationally in the specialty contest. A year later, he went to Houston and placed in the top 10 in the old American Football Conference's competition. As a freshman at UA in 1977, Graham became the Zips' punter, accumulating 3003 yards for one of his six records that are still intact today. Before his four-year career ended he would add eight more marks and tie two others in the kicking department. Graham's best season in field goal kicking came in 1979 when he converted 16 of 21 tries. In the season's finale against Eastern Illinois, he booted an NCAA record-breaking five of five field goals. Eventually, Graham kicked 12 consecutive field goals for another NCAA mark and in 1980 booted a UA record-breaking 53 yard effort versus Middle Tennessee. For his career he punted 274 times for 10,673 yards for an average of 39.0 yards per kick. In kick scoring he converted 54 of 62 points after touchdown and 31 of 50 field goal attempts. As a Zip tri-captain in 1980, Graham was voted first team Academic All-American, became the first UA gridder to participate in a major bowl game (East-West Shrine Game) and was voted UA's Athlete of the Year.

Inducted 1993 | Football