Hall of Fame Punter Ray Guy Dead at 72
NFL - Ray Guy, Hall of Fame Raiders punter widely considered the best punter of all time, has died, according to an announcement from his alma mater, Southern Missouri. Guy was 72.
Guy was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1973, becoming the first punter in NFL history to be drafted in the first round. Guy spent his entire career with the Raiders, making six First-team All-Pros and winning three Super Bowls. His punting efforts particularly helped the Raiders take home Super Bowl XVIII, where five of Guy's seven punts pinned Washington inside their own 20.
Guy is a member of both the NFL's 75th Anniversary and 100th Anniversary All-Time team. In his 13-year career, he averaged 42.4 yards per punt, with more punts inside the 20-yard line than touchbacks (210 to 128, although the NFL did not track punts inside the 20 until Guy's fourth year in the league). Guy held the record in career punts with 111 and had 619 consecutive punts before having one blocked.
Guy was the first-ever punter to be nominated for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994. He was finally inducted in 2014, becoming the only punter to date inducted into the Hall. During his Hall of Fame induction speech, Guy said "Now, the Hall of Fame has a complete team."
In 2000, Guy was given the honor of being the namesake for the Ray Guy award, awarded to the nation's best collegiate punter.