Ray Guy: First NFL Punter in Hall of Fame

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Football’s Coffin Corner

Wedged between the end zone pylon and the 5 yard line of any football field sits a small area of turf. It’s cleverly called Coffin Corner.

Coffin Corner comes into play whenever a punter attempts to kick the football out of bounds between the 5 yard line and the end zone.

No punter buried opposing teams with poor field position better than newly enshrined NFL Hall of Fame inductee Ray Guy.

More popularly known for his booming punts with lengthy hang times, Guy could also pin point punts wherever and whenever asked.

Tonight the former Oakland Raiders’ 1973 first round draft pick will be the first punter ever to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Guy will enjoy his long overdue bronze bust after seven previous attempts of being nominated, but not getting elected.

Raiders’ coach John Madden called Guy the best punter ever. That’s because Guy both defined and dominated the position. A seven-time NFL All-Pro punter, Guy earned the opportunity to have his name on the trophy, the Ray Guy Award, given to college football’s best player.

Oft overlooked, punters like Ray Guy have proven to be valuable special team players for their squads. Instrumental in the Oakland Raiders’ success, Guy retired with three Super Bowl rings and an impressive 42.4 yards per punter average. He only got three punts blocked out of 1,047 career kicks.

The 6’3” and 195 lb. Guy also dispelled the NFL myth that punters weren’t “real” athletes.

Guy started at free safety in college for the University of Southern Mississippi and is still second in school career interceptions.

The Cincinnati Reds drafted him as a pitcher in the 1973 because he pitched two no-hitters in college and could throw in the upper 90’s.

Also, Guy served as the Raiders’ emergency third string quarterback for several of his 13 years with the franchise.

A football team’s bad field position may prove to be the kiss of death at a crucial time in the game when they desperately need good field position in order to start a drive.

And, new Hall of Fame inductee Ray Guy was the very best to deny it and bury an opponent deep in their own territory. Guy would routinely place a perfect punt in Coffin Corner – the deadliest place on the football field.

That’s one of the impressive skills as a punter that got Ray Guy elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Congratulations, Ray Guy!

MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!

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