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Ray Guy Inducted Into Hall of Fame

Posted Aug 2, 2014

Legendary Raiders punter Ray Guy was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during enshrinement ceremonies in Canton, Ohio.

Legendary Raiders punter Ray Guy was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during enshrinement ceremonies in Canton, Ohio. Hall of Fame head coach John Madden presented Guy for induction.

Ray Guy joined Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Derrick Brooks, Falcons DE Claude Humphrey, Seattle Seahawks T Walter Jones, Buffalo Bills WR Andre Reed, New York Giants DE Michael Strahan, and Arizona Cardinals CB Aeneas Williams to make up the Class of 2014. With Guy's entrance to the Hall of Fame, an illustrious 22 Raiders have now been selected for induction into the Hall of Fame.

Ray Guy, who played for the Raiders from 1973-86, will be the first pure punter ever enshrined into the Hall of Fame. He was originally selected by the Raiders in the first round (23rd overall) of the 1973 NFL Draft, becoming the first full-time punter drafted in the first round.

Over his 14-year career, Guy played in 207 games – all of which were consecutive – and punted 1,049 times for 44,493 yards (42.4 avg.) with 128 punts downed inside the 20-yard line. He averaged more than 40 yards per punt in 13 of his 14 seasons, and the lone season he didn’t came in the strike-shortened 1982 year. Only three of his 1,049 punts were blocked and he punted 619 straight times from 1979 until the end of his career in 1986 without having a punt blocked.
 
In addition to winning three Super Bowls with the Raiders, Guy was named as the punter for the NFL’s 75th Anniversary All-Time Team and All-Decade team for the 1970s. Widely known for pioneering directional punting and quantifying the importance of punting hang time, Guy was a seven-time Pro Bowler (1973-78, 80), six-time First-Team All-Pro honoree (1973-78) and two-time Second-Team All-Pro honoree (1979-80).