Former USM punter Ray Guy to be enshrined in Hall of Fame
Former Southern Miss punter Ray Guy was one of seven players in the 2014 class elected to be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Guy will be the first pure punter to receive the honors.
"Good things are worth waiting for," Guy told The Associated Press Saturday night.
Guy played defensive back and handled all kicking duties for the Golden Eagles from 1970-72. He averaged an NCAA-record 44.7 yards per punt for his career and holds the Southern Miss record for interceptions in a season with eight and the longest field goal at 61 yards. Guy was an All-American as a senior in '72.
Guy was selected in the first round of the 1973 NFL Draft by the Raiders and played in Oakland/Los Angeles from 1973-86. He was the first full-time punter drafted in the first round.
Guy punted 1,049 times for 44,493 yards, good for a 42.4 average. He had 128 punts downed inside the 20-yard line and averaged more than 40 yards per punt in all but one season in his career. The 1982 season he didn't reach the mark was shortened by a strike. Only three of his punts were blocked, the final 619 of his career were never touched.
"With his ability, he was such a unique and great punter that he changed the way that punting was viewed and changed the whole complexion of the game," Raiders Super Bowl-winning head coach Tom Flores said via Raiders.com.
Guy won three Super Bowls with the Raiders and was selected as the punter for the NFL's 75th All-Time Anniversary Team and All-Decade team for the '70s.