Over the offseason, thousands of fans voted in our "Team For the Ages" contest to construct the best imaginable 50-man roster from the NFL’s modern era, which began in 1967. The votes have been counted, and we’re unveiling one player each weekday between now and the kickoff of the 2018 NFL season.
The entire Team For the Ages roster will be unveiled at "Football Legends LIVE!" Sept. 8 in Crystal Lake, Ill. Tickets are on sale now: https://shawmediaevents.com/e/pfw50
Raiders P Ray Guy
Ray Guy was the first punter in the history of the National Football League to be selected in the first round of the draft and the first and only punter to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is one of only five unanimous selections by our expert panel to PFW's Greatest Team of the Modern Era.
Over the course of his 14-year NFL career, all spent with the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders, Guy was a first-team PFW/PFWA All Pro six times, seven-time Pro Bowl selection, three-time Super Bowl Champion and a winner of our 1975 Golden Toe Award, given annually to the NFL’s best kicker or punter.
They said it
"He's the first punter you can look at and say, ‘He won games.'"
— Joe Horrigan, longtime Pro Football Hall of Fame curator and historian
Guy’s 42.4-yard average per punt for his career is not exceptional, and his career net average of 33.8 is actually poor by today’s standards, but he played in a very different era of special teams.
Guy is credited by many for creating the concept of hang time, as he kicked the ball so high that he rarely had punts returned. A great example is Super Bowl XVIII, where he punted seven times for a 42.7-yard gross average and 34.8-yard net, but five of his seven punts were downed inside the 20, and the Raiders easily beat Washington, 38-9.
Did you know?
Guy was a great football player— not just a great punter — who handled both punting and place-kicking chores in college at Southern Mississippi, also starting at safety. Guy had a 61-yard field goal in a snowstorm against Utah, had a 93-yard punt against Ole Miss and picked off a Southern Miss-record eight passes his senior season, when he was named an All American.
The best example of Guy’s remarkable height and hang time on his kicks came in the 1976 Pro Bowl, which was played in the Superdome in New Orleans, and Guy became the first kicker ever to hit the video scoreboard, causing Saints officials to raise it from 90 to 200 feet for the next season.
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