You guys, can we talk about how absurd it is that Ray Guy isn’t in the Pro Football Hall of Fame? And how it’s bullshit that he’s kept out just because he played punter, especially since he could also play quarterback, but never played that position because his coaches valued him so much as a punter? Sure. Punter sits near the bottom of the positional ladder (just above Long-Snapper and Holder), but Ray Guy was the one of the rarest of all sports cryptids: a punter who could win games.
The Raiders won three Super Bowls during his tenure, each based in part on the fact that they had a punter who was known for his power but could also consistently trap opponents deep in their own territory. His hangtime stats attest to his absurd leg, and his punts inside the twenty attest to his precision. He’s also the primary reason that the NFL started keeping track of those stats.
He had three blocked punts. Ever.
No one ever returned one of his kicks for a touchdown.
He once hit a videoscreen hanging from the ceiling of the Louisiana Superdome with a punt during the Pro Bowl.
He is, quite simply, the best to ever play his position, and the Hall of Fame will be incomplete until he is in it.
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