The Oakland Raiders are chock full of history and great players and coaches. People like John Madden, Marcus Allen, Tim Brown, Howie Long and Jack Tatum have donned the Silver & Black. The long list of Raiders that deserve to be in the hall is still long and growing, however, this coming weekend Raider Nation can finally get one of the best players to ever play the game into the hall – punter Ray Guy.
Guy has been the poster boy for punters coming into the league. He was one of the best during his time and is going to be the FIRST EVER full-time punter inducted into the Hall of Fame — after seven tries.
Now the question is, how good was he?
Here are some quick amazing stats and career highlights:
- Only three of his 1,049 NFL punts during his career were blocked.
- Guy finished his career with 619 consecutive punts without a block.
- He has a career average of 42.4 yards and his punts traveled 44,493 yards in his career.
- Played in all 207 games during his 14 year career.
- Led the NFL in punting in 74, 75 and 77).
- Named to NFL’s 75th anniversary All-Time team and the NFL All-Decade team of the 1970s.
- 7× Pro Bowl selection (1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980)
- 6× First-team All-Pro (1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978)
- 3× Super Bowl champion (XI, XV, XVIII)
- Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame
- Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
Back in 2012, after not being elected into the Hall of Fame for the seventh time, Guy told Yahoo Sports Les Carpenter:
“I watch them (young punters) and in the back of my mind I know you’re wasting your time because we got some stupid people who don’t understand. Here’s a kid who’s got a dream of being a punter in the NFL, but you got people here who cut him down before they even get out of the chute. So what are you telling these kids? To forget about it? I guess it all stems around people just don’t understand the importance of a punter. They really don’t. Unless you played. You have to be in there. You have to understand every player on that team has a position or play to do. And all they do is drag and fuss about ‘well yeah he can punt and this and that and the other thing,’ but they don’t really respect that and they think it shouldn’t be alongside the other guys in the Hall of Fame.”
With the importance of punters on all teams like Andy Lee (49ers), Sam Koch (Ravens), Mike Scifres (San Diego) and of course former Raider Shane Lechler – more and more fans are seeing the importance of a punter.
Finally with Guy’s persistence and all the players supporting him, the NFL Hall of Fame can now recognize these professional athletes.
Congratulations Mr. Guy. You’re finally in.