Pro Football Hall of Fame Inducted Its First Punter: Ray Guy

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Ray Guy is an iconic NFL punter and played professionally for the Oakland Raiders. He has become the first punter to be inducted into the the Pro Football Hall of Fame. According to NBC Sports, Guy said with punters being included into the Hall of Fame, “[i]t’s been long, long overdue, but now the Hall of Fame has a complete team.”

Guy played a fundamental part in Raiders history and was a key component for the three Super Bowl-winning teams. SB Nation states that “in his 13-year career, Guy played in 207 consecutive games, averaged 42.4 yards per punt with a 33.8 net yards average, and had 210 punts down inside the 20-yard line.”

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After thanking everyone, including his Southern Miss Golden Eagles football coach P.W. Underwood and former Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, Guy said as he was inducted, “Man, am I glad to be here tonight, to be a part of this very special clubhouse called the Pro Football Hall of Fame — and knowing it’s forever — is beyond my wildest dreams.”

In 1973, the football world was shocked by Davis’ decision to spend a first-round pick on Guy, and he became the first punter to ever feel that type of excitement and hype. He focused all his attention and practiced during every second of free time at mastering the craft of punting the football and performing his job perfectly on every fourth down. Guy did just that and is considered the best punter there was. Check out his football highlights below.

Hall of Fame vignette: Ray Guy


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