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Ray Guy dies at 72: Raiders legend, first punter inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame, passes away

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Ray Guy, widely regarded as the greatest player in NFL history, passed away Thursday morning after a long illness. announced. He was 72 years old.

A member of the College and Pro Football Hall of Fame, Guy became the first player to be inducted in Canton, Ohio when he was inducted in 2014.

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“Accordingly, when Ray Guy was inducted into Canton, much was written about how his election as the first real player created a “full roster” of players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. However, the man behind his powerful right leg has been overlooked too often,” said Hall of Fame President Jim Porter. in a statement. “Ray was a warm, unassuming southern gentleman who always represented the game, the Raiders organization and the Hall of Fame with dignity and class.

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“A truly gifted athlete, he could have been a star in Major League Baseball or professional basketball. NFL fans thank Ray for choosing to focus on football.”

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Guy was selected 23rd overall in the 1973 NFL Draft. An immediate star, Guy was named to his first of six consecutive Pro Bowl during his rookie season. He was an All-Pro every season from 1976 to 1978 before earning his seventh Pro Bowl nod in 1980.

An integral part of three Super Bowl championship teams, Guy hit 111 punts in the postseason, including a 71-yard boot in the 1980 postseason. Guy’s best game in the NFL may have come in Super Bowl XVIII when he managed a high one-handed snap before punting 40-plus yards to save a potential Washington touchdown. The Raiders ended up winning the game 38–9 in one of the biggest losses in Super Bowl history.

Guy spent his entire 14-year career with the Raiders, retiring after the 1986 season. After a 22-year wait, he joined many of his former teammates in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Prior to joining the Raiders, Guy had a distinguished career with South Mississippi, where he was a player, kicker, and defenseman for the Golden Eagles from 1970 to 1972. His honors included a 93-yard shot against Ole Miss and a 61-yard field goal in a snowstorm against Utah, which at the time was an NCAA record. He finished his college career with a school record for career average of 44.7 yards per hit.

In addition to his success as a kicker, Guy was the starting quarterback for the Golden Eagles. He intercepted eight passes in 1972, which is still the school’s single-season record. After his senior season, he was named a unanimous All-American.

The Ray Guy Award was established in 2000 in honor of the most outstanding player in American football.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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