Guy senior nominee for Hall of Fame
CANTON, Ohio – Oakland Raiders punting great Ray Guy is one of two senior nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014.
Guy and former Atlanta Falcon and Philadelphia Eagle defensive end Claude Humphrey were the selections from the senior nominating committee on Wednesday.
Guy confirmed he received the call to Rick Sang, the camp founder of the Ray Guy Prokicker.com Academy that is considered the best in the United States.
Guy and Humphrey will join 15 still to be named modern-day nominees in the voting for the Class of 2014, which will take place in February the day before the Super Bowl.
Last year, Curly Culp and Dave Robinson were senior candidates and both were elected to the Hall of Fame. It was the first time both senior nominees were elected.
Guy defined punting during an electric career with the Raiders from 1973 to 1986. He was the first and only punter ever to be taken in the first round of the NFL Draft in 1973 out of the University of Southern Mississippi.
Guy played his entire career with the Raiders and redefined the punting game with his tremendous hang time and directional kicks that changed field position.
He came to Oakland after a standout career at USM where he punted and played cornerback. He was also a member of the baseball team and was drafted out of high school and college by the Cincinnati Reds.
However, Guy chose football and a career in the NFL with the Raiders over baseball despite being able to throw a 100 mph fastball.
Currently there are no pure punters in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Many critics have said that when and if the Hall of Fame allows a punter in, the first one should be Ray Guy, who changed the position with his amazing skills.
Guy has been inducted into both the Mississippi and Georgia Sports Halls of Fame, the National High School Sports Hall of Fame, and the College Football Hall of Fame. In 1994, he was the first pure punter to be nominated for enshrinement. On April 21, 2008, Guy was inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.
At the 1976 Pro Bowl, Guy became the first punter to hit the Louisiana Superdome video screen. Officials raised the screen from 90 feet to 200 feet. The NFC team pulled the ball and had it tested for helium; it was filled with regular air.
Guy and Humphrey must receive the same 80 percent voting support that is required of all finalists. The Hall’s Selection Committee can elect a maximum of two senior candidates and five modern-era candidates for a class no smaller than four or larger than seven.
The Seniors Committee is comprised of nine members of the overall selection committee. Through mail vote, the 2014 senior nominees were reduced to a final list of candidates. On Wednesday, five members of the Seniors Committee met at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton to discuss each of the senior finalists. A senior nominee is an individual whose career ended at least 25 years ago.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 will be formally enshrined during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival in Canton, Ohio next August.
Guy has been associated with the Ray Guy Prokicker.com kicking, punting and long-snapping camps for more than 20 years. Prokicker.com director Rick Sang struck up a friendship with Guy and made his first instructional video. From there the idea of the camp formed.
Today the Ray Guy Prokicker.com camps have helped produce more than 700 college players and is associated with more than half the punters in the NFL, including All-Pro punters Shane Lechler of the Houston Texans and Andy Lee of the 49ers.
Eighteen players associated with Prokicker either as a former staff instructor or camper is in the NFL.
Guy’s name is already on the award for the best punter in college football. The Ray Guy Award was started by the Georgia Sports Council.
Here are a few of Guy’s NFL highlights:
- Played in 207 consecutive games
- Punted 1,049 times for 44,493 yards, averaging 42.4 yards per punt, with a 33.8 net yards average
- Had 210 punts inside the 20 yard line (not counting his first 3 seasons, when the NFL did not keep track of this stat), with just 128 touchbacks
- Led the NFL in punting three times
- Had a streak of 619 consecutive punts before having one blocked
- Has a record of 111 career punts in post season games
- Had five punts of over 60 yards during the 1981 season
– This story was originally published at Prokickernews.com