80 overall, in 1968. And in addition to his kicking prowess, Guy was also a starting safety in college. The other half wanted the reigning Heisman Trophy winner from USC. On April 21, 2008, Guy was inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.. American Football Wiki is a FANDOM Lifestyle Community. Consider that only six players have been on all three Raiders Super Bowl-winning teams: Guy, Ted Hendricks, Cliff Branch, Dave Dalby, Henry Lawrence and Steve Sylvester. Who else could study the playbook the night before a game by the light of a jukebox in some hole-in-the-wall bar and then light up an opposing defense? 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He was also an outstanding placekicker at Southern Mississippi, once kicking a then-record 61-yard field goal in a snowstorm during a game in Utah. In 2005, Ray Guy helped organize and participated in two-day kicking camps, held throughout the United States, for high-school punters, placekickers, and longsnappers. Ray Guy has been inducted into both the Mississippi and Georgia Sports Halls of Fame, the National High School Sports Hall of Fame, and the College Football Hall of Fame, and many feel he is worthy of induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But when he was away, Davis pulled Upshaw's card. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. In 2007, the camp was once again held on the campus of Colorado College. William Ray Guy (born December 22, 1949) is a retired American football punter for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). 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 drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft, when the Oakland Raiders selected him with the 23rd overall pick in 1973. A formula was needed to select the Oakland Raiders' best-ever draft pick, one that included titles and risk-reward. Ray Guy was selected to seven Pro Bowl teams, and in 1994, he was named the punter on the National Football League's 75th Anniversary Team. But after sticking in Oakland in 1970, Stabler became the NFL MVP in 1974 and led the team to the Super Bowl XI championship. At the 1976 Pro Bowl, Guy became the first punter to hit the Louisiana Superdome video screen. Officials raised the screen from 90 feet to 100 feet. And of those six, three were drafted by the Raiders and were also key players/starters on all three title teams: Guy, Branch and Dalby. Guy was a key member of three Super Bowl-winning Raiders teams: Super Bowls XI, XV, and XVIII. Ray Guy was the first, and only, punter to ever be selected in the first round in the NFL Draft as of 2010. Ray Guy retired in 1986. 23 overall, on Guy in 1973 just as eccentric, er, progressive? We would like to express to you our deepest thanks for your contribution. Yeah, I know selecting a punter as the best draft pick in franchise history is, well, unconventional. Stabler, Oakland's second-round pick in 1968 out of Alabama, No. And of those three, only one is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Guy. Saner heads prevailed; Allen went 10th overall. Ken Stabler, QB: Snake epitomized the hard-partying, swashbuckling Raiders of the 1970s, the winningest team of the era, even if they won only one Super Bowl. Ray Guy interesting facts, biography, family, updates, life, childhood facts, information and more: William Ray Guy (born December 22, 1949) is a retired American football punter for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). Joe Horrigan, the historian of the Pro Football Hall of Fame once said: "He's the first punter you could look at and say: 'He won games.'". Howie Long, DL: How much of an impact did Long make on Davis? During his career, Guy: Ray Guy was selected to seven AFC Pro Bowl teams, and in 1994, he was named the punter on the National Football League's 75th Anniversary Team. Guy also played quarterback in his early years and was officially the Oakland Raiders' last-string emergency quarterback, ironically replacing kicker-quarterback George Blanda in this position. William Ray Guy (born December 22, 1949) is a retired American football punter for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders. He was the first special teams player to be enshrined. Much-maligned Broncos tackle Garett Bolles is ... good now? After his senior season at Southern Miss, Guy was named Most Valuable Player of the annual College All-Star game, in which an all-star team of college seniors played the current Super Bowl champion. More than six years after Long retired, and on the weekend he was selected for the Hall of Fame in 2000, Davis tried to get Long to come out of retirement. Ray Guy was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014. Arguably, his best performance was in Super Bowl XVIII against the Washington Redskins. No one complained. But wasn't Al Davis using a first-round draft pick, No. Upshaw became an institution at left guard for the Raiders for 15 years and became the first player in NFL history to play in the Super Bowl in three decades (Super Bowls II, in 1968, XI, in 1976, and XV, in 1981) and he entered Canton in 1987. “Our giant,” as the 6-foot-5, 265-pound Shell was called by Davis, protected the blind sides of Daryle Lamonica and George Blanda before watching over the left-handed Ken Stabler's front side and then Jim Plunkett's back. Put away your torches and pitchforks and hear me out, would ya? Art Shell, LT: With Jim Otto at center and Upshaw inserted at left guard a year earlier, the Raiders solidified the left side of their offensive line by selecting Shell out of little-known Maryland-Eastern Shore in the third round, No. So that's how punter Ray Guy edged out the likes of Art Shell, Ken Stabler, Howie Long and Marcus Allen. With the 2020 NFL Draft taking place this Thursday through Saturday, take a look back at the top 10 draft picks in Raiders history. He passed away from cancer last July and will be enshrined in Canton this summer. Since many collegiate punters nominated for the Ray Guy Award are either former students or work at his kicking camps, Guy himself does not participate in the voting process to avoid accusations of favoritism. Shell, who went into the Hall of Fame in 1989, was also the first African-American head coach in modern NFL history, though his second tenure with the Raiders was less than memorable. With so many homegrown players who ended up in the Hall of Fame, picking punter Ray Guy as the best Raiders draft pick was a tough call. Former Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders players, https://americanfootball.fandom.com/wiki/Ray_Guy?oldid=68047, *7× Pro Bowl selection (1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980), 6× First-team All-Pro selection (1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978), 2× Second-team All-Pro Selection (1979, 1980), Punted 1,049 times for 44,493 yards, averaging 42.4 yards per punt, with a 33.8 net yards average, Had 210 punts inside the 20 yard line (not counting his first 3 seasons, when the NFL did not keep track of this stat), with just 128 touchbacks, Had a streak of 619 consecutive punts before having one blocked, Has a record of 111 career punts in post season games, Had five punts of over 60 yards during the 1981 season, Never had a punt returned for a touchdown.
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