NFL Career: Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders (1973-1986)
Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee: 2014
A standout punter and defensive back for Southern Miss, Ray Guy proved to be one of the most versatile players in school history. A football and baseball star for the Golden Eagles, Guy's legend began on the gridiron, where he set records in placekicking, punting and as a defensive back. He was the first Southern Miss player to have his jersey retired and also became the first Golden Eagle football player, and first punter, ever inducted into the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame as a member of the 2004 Division I-A class.
Guy has proven that he is the finest punter in the history of NCAA football. He set the standard that punters have tried to emulate since his playing days were finished. The Greater Augusta Sports Council believed that Guy is the best punter in the history of NCAA collegiate football and because of that belief, named an annual award in his honor. That award, the Ray Guy Award, is given annually to the best collegiate punter in the nation.
The Thomson, Ga., native set school records as a placekicker, punter and defensive back and was the NCAA punting champion in 1972. He finished with a career punting average of 44.7 yards a kick, which is the highest average in NCAA history for punters with 200-249 attempts in their careers. He was an All-American selection by seven different publications in 1972 and was selected in the first round by the Oakland Raiders (NFL), the first punter ever taken in the first round. He also was named to Southern Miss' Team of the Century as well.
Guy also was proficient in areas other than as a punter. As a defensive back, he holds the school record for most interceptions in a season (8), is second in career interceptions (18) and is third in school history in interceptions yardage (268). As a kicker, he holds the school record for longest field goal made (61 - a then NCAA record), sixth on the school's field goals made list, and his baseball prowess, attained during a time when teams played limited schedules, continues to be prominent in the Southern Miss record books. He struck out 266 in 220.2 innings pitched, threw 14 complete games in 31 starts and is fourth in career strikeouts, though appearing in only 31 games; he was also drafted for three-straight years.
In 1972, he was a member of The Sporting News, Football Writers Association, Walter Camp, Gridiron, Football News, Playboy and Associated Press All-America teams.
Guy had an outstanding professional career after being selected by the Oakland Raiders in the first round (23rd pick overall) in the 1973 draft. He had an all-pro career, playing 13 seasons in the NFL - seven of them as a pro-bowl selection, leading the league in punting three times and has been honored as a member of the 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, the Super Bowl Silver Anniversary Team and as a member of the NFL All-Century team. He also was a member of three Super Bowl teams.
Guy was inducted into the Bay Area Hall of Fame, honoring him for his successes with the Oakland Raiders.