RAY GUY NFL LEGEND DEAD AT 73: Ray Guy dies at 72: Raiders legend, first punter inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame, passes away

RAY GUY NFL LEGEND DEAD AT 73: Ray Guy dies at 72: Raiders legend, first punter inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame, passes away

Ray Guy, the most famous punter of all time and an NFL Hall of Famer, has died. He was 73 years old at the time.

Guy was the first pure punter to be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft, going 23rd overall to the Oakland Raiders in 1973 following a strong career at the University of Southern Mississippi.

With the Raiders, he won three Super Bowls in 1977, 1981, and 1984.

Guy has an impressive resume, having been a 6-time first-team All-Pro pick, 2-time second-team All-Pro, 7-time Pro Bowler, and a member of the NFL’s 75th and 100th Anniversary teams.

Guy was known for his long-hanging punts, which allowed the Raiders to go downfield in coverage before rival teams could return them.

Every year, the Ray Guy Award, named for the punter, is given to the greatest punter in college football.


He was a very great athlete who could have made it in Major League Baseball or professional basketball. Ray’s decision to concentrate on football is appreciated by NFL fans.


William Ray Guy (December 22, 1949 – November 3, 2022) was an American professional football punter with the National Football League’s Oakland / Los Angeles Raiders (NFL).

Guy was a unanimous All-American selection as a senior at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1972, and the Oakland Raiders picked him with the 23rd overall choice in the 1973 NFL Draft, making him the first pure punter ever drafted in the first round.

In 2014, Guy was inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. William Ray Guy , an eight-time NFL All-Pro, is widely regarded as the best punter of all time.

Ray Guy was selected 23rd overall in the 1973 NFL Draft. Guy was an instant sensation, earning his first of six consecutive Pro Bowl appearances during his rookie season. From 1976 through 1978, he was an All-Pro every year before being named to his seventh Pro Bowl in 1980.

Ray Guy was a key member of three Super Bowl winning teams, and he had 111 postseason punts, including a 71-yard blast in 1980. Guy’s best NFL performance came in Super Bowl XVIII, when he managed to catch a high snap with one hand before making a 40-plus-yard punt and preventing a Washington touchdown. The Raiders won the game 38-9, completing one of the greatest upsets in Super Bowl history.

Guy became the first punter to be inducted into the Canton Hall of Fame in 2014. “Now the Hall of Fame has a complete team,” he famously quipped during his address.


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