Ray Guy, Hall of Fame punter with Raiders, dies at 72

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Ray Guy, a three-time Tremendous Bowl champion with the Raiders and the primary punter to make the Professional Soccer Hall of Fame, died Thursday. He was 72.

Southern Mississippi, the place Guy starred earlier than turning into the primary punter ever taken within the first spherical of the NFL draft, stated he died following a prolonged sickness. He had been receiving care in a Hattiesburg-area hospice.

Guy was drafted twenty third total by Al Davis’ Raiders in 1973 and performed his complete 14-year profession with the workforce in Oakland and Los Angeles. He was a three-time All-Professional choice.

In 2014, Guy turned the primary participant to make be inducted into the Professional Soccer Hall of Fame solely for his punting. The seven-time Professional Bowl choice was chosen to the NFL’s one hundredth anniversary workforce and the all-decade workforce of the Seventies.

“Ray Guy was a football player who punted,” the late John Madden said in 2014 before he presented Guy for induction into the Hall of Fame.

A native of Thomson, Georgia, Guy is also a member of the College Football Football Hall of Fame and the National High School Sports Hall of Fame.

At Southern Mississippi, Guy also played defensive back, He still shares the school single-season record for most interceptions with eight in 1972 and his 61-yard field goal at Utah State set an NCAA record at the time.

In 2015, Southern Miss renamed the street outside The Duff Athletic Center on its campus “Ray Guy Method.”

Guy ended his NFL profession in 1986 with a streak of 619 punts with out having one blocked. But it surely took practically three a long time for him to be chosen to the Professional Soccer Hall of Fame.

He was a finalist for induction seven instances beginning in 1992 with out being voted in and did not even make it that far on different events.

“That kind of bothered me because they were saying that’s not a position, it doesn’t take an athlete to do that, it’s not important,” Guy said before his Hall of Fame induction in 2014. “That is what actually acquired beneath my pores and skin. It wasn’t a lot whether or not I did or did not. I want any person had. It was simply realizing that they did not care. That is what sort of frosted me somewhat bit.”

Guy in some ways revolutionized the place.

His kicks went so excessive that one which hit the Superdome scoreboard 90 ft above the sector in a Professional Bowl helped put “hang time” into the football vernacular. His ability to pin the opponent deep with either high kicks or well-positioned ones was a key part of the success for the great Raiders teams of the 1970s and ’80s.

“It was one thing that was given to me. I do not understand how,” he stated. “I am actually blessed in that class. It is one thing I actually admire and I superior it and I made it into one thing nice.”

Guy’s statistics look considerably pedestrian in comparison with right this moment’s punters. His profession common of 42.4 yards per kick ranks 61st all time and his web common of 32.2 yards (excluding his first three seasons when the statistic wasn’t stored by the NFL) is not even within the prime 100.

But, he nonetheless is taken into account by many as one of the best to ever play the place.