Ray Guy was an American professional football player who was a punter with the Oakland / Los Angeles Raiders of the National Football League (NFL) (NFL). The guy was a unanimous All-American selection in 1972 as a senior at the University of Southern Mississippi and was the first pure punter ever to be picked in the first round of the NFL Draft when the Oakland Raiders selected him with the 23rd overall pick in 1973.
An American professional football player Ray Guy dies at 73
NFL and collegiate icon Ray Guy has passed away. The information was released on Thursday morning by Guy’s alma mater, the University of Southern Mississippi.
He was 73. Guy is regarded as one of the all-time great punters in both NFL and collegiate football history. He had a stellar career at Southern Miss, where he was an All-American in 1972, and played for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders for his whole professional career.
Ray Guy was born on December 22, 1949, in Swainsboro, Georgia. He holds an American nationality. His Zodiac sign is Capricorn. He belongs to the white race.
Ray Guy attended Thomson High School in Thomson, Georgia.
Hall of Fame, Ray Guy Career
Ray Guy is a punter and placekicker at Southern Mississippi, once made a then-record 61-yard field goal during a game in Utah while playing in a snowstorm. He punted 93 yards in a contest against the University of Mississippi in 1972. Guy won the title of Most Valuable Player of the 1973 Chicago College All-Star Game, in which an all-star team of college seniors competed against the reigning Super Bowl champion.
The game took place after Guy’s senior year. At Southern Miss, he was a starting safety as well. During his senior year, he set a school record with eight interceptions and was recognized as an All-American defensive back.
When the Oakland Raiders selected Guy with the 23rd choice in the 1973 NFL Draft, he became the first punter to ever be chosen in the first round. On August 2, 2014, Guy became a member of the 2014 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was regarded as one of the most deserving players who had not yet been voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame for many years prior to his induction in 2014.
Ray was the first pure punter to receive an enshrinement nomination in 1994. He exclaimed with pride, “Now the Hall of Fame has a complete team,” in his enshrinement address. Guy was admitted into the College Football Hall of Fame, the National High School Sports Hall of Fame, and the Sports Halls of Fame in Georgia and Mississippi. Guy was admitted to the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame on April 21, 2008.