First punter in Hall of Fame Ray Guy looking forward to Saturday’s induction ceremony in Canton

It took longer than the hang time one of his punts, but Ray Guy has figured out what he will say Saturday when he is inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Busy with invitations and arrangements and scheduled to leave Tuesday for the start of the festivities, Guy said in a conference call with local reporters he has finally had time to finish his speech and can begin to relax.

“It’s been kind of tough for me to compose it and put it exactly the way I want and describe how I got to this point, which is pretty much the last thing I’ll ever do as far as sports are concerned,” Guy said Monday morning. “It’s going to be very emotional but I’m pretty sure everybody goes through this. I’ll pretty much highlight the road that I took to the final destination, the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I think what you’ve got to do is wait to hear what I have to say.”

Guy selected former coach and Hall of Fame inductee John Madden to do his presentation for a simple reason.

“I wanted Al (Davis) to do it but of course he’s not going to be there _ he is there, but he won’t be introducing me verbally,” Guy said. “I wanted to keep it within the family, and when I talk about family I mean the Raiders. “I wanted to keep it through the chain of command.”

Selected by the seniors committee, Guy becomes the 22nd player to wear a Raiders uniform to be enshrined.

Although the first true punter selected to the Hall, Guy felt he was accepted because he never really saw himself that way.

“I know a lot of the veterans were thinking, `What’s Al doing? He’s drafting a punter with his No. 1 draft choice? How is that going to help?’,’ ” Guy said. “But after the first day of practice, it was obvious I was more than just a punter.”

Guy was a starting safety at Southern Mississippi, as well as a pitcher in baseball, and said adjusting to a specialty was the most difficult thing about his transformation into an NFL player. He aid he at times angered Madden and Davis with his penchant for racing downfield to make a tackle after punts and kickoffs. He was also an emergency quarterback with a powerful throwing arm.

“I think being able to do more things made me more acceptable to (my teammates) and it sure made my life a little easier because I began to relax a little more because I wanted to be a part of that team,” Guy said.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • the super genius dr robert


  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    11 game winning drives in 2 years,4 last year to go with a 60%, 23 TD, 9 Int, 3822 yard season is pretty damn good for a 2nd year. Damn good indeed. rushed for 377 as well, but I agree that is not a QB stat.

  • BigTed707

    I’d take Ben, same reason I’d take Luck. They make good decisions.

  • the super genius dr robert

    #10 all time–montana–92.3 rating
    #17 all time–marino–86.4 rating

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Last years stats say other wise. See reply above.

  • the super genius dr robert

    manning is better than ben.

    ur making ur decisions based on hindsight, saying “they won.”

    their teams won.

  • the super genius dr robert

    he does some very good things. probably will be great.

    but he throws too may picks and his overall numbers say he shouldn’t need all those comebacks if he did better during the game.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I advocated Freeman based on age and cost, knowing it was a longshot. I still think he may have it in him. Mainly because JFB thinks he’s toxic and damaged goods.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    9 picks is not too many picks. And your 2nd point is one of the silliest things I’ve ever heard you say.

  • BigTed707

    Yes, and Luck may not have better numbers than Can Newton in his career, but I predict that Luck’s teams will win more SBs than Newton’s teams.
    The Goal of an NFL QB is to win SBs, not have the best passer rating.

  • BigTed707

    Marino was the most consistant QB of all time:

    Most games, 400 or more yards passing, Career: 13

    Most seasons leading league, pass attempts: 5 (1984, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1997)

    Most seasons leading league, completions: 6 (1984–86, 1988, 1992, 1997)

    but it looks like Montana edged him out on overall passer rating.


  • the super genius dr robert

    well of course, but a better rating means ur a better qb, and that means u make ur team better.

    it’s not complicated. newton is better right now. his team is not.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I was going to make a point once and use Montana as an example. Went back and looked at his numbers and said, ‘Nevermind’.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Go thru the play by play of Pryor 135 rating game vs SD. Was not a game to hang your hat on, no matter the QB rating. small sample sure, but you get the point.

  • the super genius dr robert

    well, he had 18 picks his rookie year, so he halved it, which is good, but only 23 tds, which isn’t close to elite. and he completes only 60% of his passes for a modest ypa. he’s ok but not great at this point.

    my 2nd point is while the comebacks are nice, if he played better more consistently, he would already be ahead.

  • the super genius dr robert

    u know i’m about a body of work, which is why over time, the true qb shows himself.

  • siiiiiick. i’m going to the game in Seattle. Gotta get myself a new Jersey. Can’t decide who to sport yet. Kind of want to see someone stick around for a little bit. haha.

  • BigTed707

    Joe was the best I’ve ever seen. That’s why I changed to the Ben/Peyton comparison.

  • BigTed707

    I would take Luck over Vick, even if Vick has a better passer rating.