Ray Guy - First Punter in the NFL Hall of Fame
The first punter ever chosen as a 1st-round pick in the college draft, Ray Guy from Southern Miss was picked by the Oakland Raiders in 1973 after an outstanding college career.
During his 14-year NFL career he would define what a professional punter’s role should be. His punts seemed to have an almost unnatural hang time allowing coverage teams time to get down field and stop punt returners. Oilers Head coach Bum Phillips even went as far as accusing the Raiders of filling the balls with helium
and demanding they be sent for evaluation after a game in 1977.
In 2014 he was elected to the Hall of Fame and remarked “Now the Hall of Fame has a complete team” in his enshrinement speech.
Ray Guy’s Career Highlights
- 207 consecutive games
- 1,049 Punts for 44,493 yards, 42.4 Yards-per-Punt Average
- 210 punts inside the 20-yard line (not counting his first 3 seasons) just 128 touchbacks
- 3 times NFL Season Punting Leader
- 619 consecutive punts without a block
- Record of 111 career punts in postseason games
- Five punts of more than 60 yards during the 1981 season
- Hall of Fame Class of 2014
Image Gallery of Ray Guy, Punter 1973 to 1986
Ray Guy Football Cards
Ray Guy Career Statistics
|14-Year NFL Career||207||1049||44493||77||3||42.4|
|22 Career Playoff Games||111||4705||71||1||42.4|
- + – All-Pro Selection
- * – Pro Bowl Selection
- ♦ – Led the League
- ♚ – NFL Champion