|No. 60, 61, 71, 73|
November 23, 1971|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||297 lb (135 kg)|
|High school:||Wallingford (CT) Choate Rosemay Hall|
|NFL Draft:||1994 / Round: 7 / Pick: 200|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
James M. Pyne (born November 23, 1971) is a former American college and professional football player who was an offensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons. He played college football for Virginia Tech, and earned All-American honors. Drafted by the Buccaneers, Pyne became a reliable starter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL.
Pyne was born in Milford, Massachusetts. He attended Milford High School and Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, and played high school football for the Milford Scarlet Hawks and the Choate Wild Boars.
Pyne attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and played for the Virginia Tech Hokies football team from 1990 to 1993. As a senior in 1993, he was selected as a unanimous All-American, becoming Virginia Tech's first player ever to do so, and was also awarded the Dudley Award, which is given to the Commonwealth of Virginia's outstanding player of the year. He was a finalist for both the Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy. Virginia Tech retired his number (#73); it is one of only four football numbers retired by the school in over 100 years of football. He was named to the Big East Conferences All-time team at the turn of the century. The offensive line meeting room at Virginia Tech has been named in his honor. He has been inducted to Virginia Tech's Sports Hall of Fame. He later was named a legend of the ACC
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Pyne in seventh round (200th pick overall) in the 1994 NFL Draft, and he played four of his nine professional seasons with the Buccaneers as a left guard, starting in 38 of his 42 appearances from 1995 to 1997. In 1998, he went to Detroit to play with the Lions and started 16 games at center. In 1999, he became the first overall pick of the Cleveland Browns in the 1999 expansion draft. In Cleveland he was a starter for two seasons at left guard before injuring his knee. He was named the team MVP by the Akron Browns backers and named the teams top offensive lineman by the touchdown club. He was also elected team captain while with the Browns. He was named three times to Muscle and Fitnesses' NFL all strength team. He finished his career with the NFC East division champion Philadelphia Eagles in 2001.
Pyne's father, George Pyne III, played for the Boston Patriots of the American Football League in 1965. Pyne's grandfather, George Pyne II, played for the Providence Steam Roller of the NFL in 1931. The Pynes became the first family to play three generations of professional football. They have since been joined by the Matthews family (Clay Matthews, Sr., Clay Matthews, Jr., and Clay Matthews III). He has been inducted into three halls of fame: Virginia Tech, Milford High School (Massachusetts), and Choate Rosemary Hall (Wallingford, Connecticut). His brother George played football at Brown University and is a businessman.
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