Last Saturday, the National Football League announced its current Hall of Fame Class. Among the class, one player sticks out in my mind more than anyone else on the list. That player is former Oakland Raider Punter Ray Guy.
When I starting following football as a kid, my favorite team was the Oakland Raiders. They had great players. One of my favorites was QB Kenny “The Snake” Stabler. I am left handed, like Stabler, and I used try to be like him when I played football with my friends. Other great players included Kenny King, Cliff Branch, Dave Casper, Mark VanEagen, just to name a few.
Then there was punter Ray Guy. The kicking game was not like what is today, so specialized. Guy was the first of his kind. Great yardage on his kicks, placing the ball inside the 20 yard line of the other team and one of the greatest hang times a punter every had, which allowed the Raiders to have great coverage on their punts. The Raiders were a great team in the 70’s and early 80’s and Guy was a big part of that success.
Ray Guy had a great career, but at the time, a kicker, let alone a pure punter, was never considered for the Hall of Fame. Several decades past and still punter was elected to the Hall of Fame. All I have to say that it is about time that a pure punter is a Hall of Famer and that Ray Guy was the first.
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