HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Former Southern Miss and Oakland/Los Angeles Raider standout, Ray Guy, was honored Tuesday by both the Mississippi House of Representatives and Senate on the floor of the State Capitol in recognition of his induction to the Pro Football Hall.
One of seven members of the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, Guy was presented with a Senate resolution. Joining Guy in Jackson were University President Rodney D. Bennett and Golden Eagle Director of Athletics Bill McGillis.
Guy addressed the legislators on being the first true punter to be elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, before signing autographs and taking pictures with the elected officials.
The six-time All-Pro selection and seven-time Pro Bowl selection played in all 207 games during his 14-year NFL career and appeared in three Super Bowls (XI, XV, XVIII) marking the most victories by a punter in NFL history.
He is tied for the fifth longest service with the Raiders, along with Fred Biletnikoff (1965-78), Cliff Branch (1972-85) and Dave Dalby (1972-85), while he also is fifth for games played with Art Shell (1968-78).
Guy holds the Raiders record for most career punts (1,049), and led the NFL three times in gross punt average. In addition, he had 210 punts inside the 20-yard line (not counting his first three seasons, when the NFL did not keep track of this stat), with just 128 touchbacks. He closed out his career with a streak of 619 consecutive punts without a block.
The Thomson, Ga., native is a member of the Bay Area, College Football, Southern Miss M-Club, Mississippi, Georgia and National High School Sports Hall of Fames.
His NFL honors include being named to the 75th Anniversary NFL All-Time Team at punter, as well as the 1970s All Decade Team, the All-Time NFL Team chosen by the Hall of Fame Committee in 2000 and the AFL-NFL 1960-1984 All-Star Team.
The Augusta (Ga.) Sports Council named an award in his honor to reward the top punter in collegiate football each year.
While at Southern Miss, Guy was a standout defensive back in addition to his role at punter. He proved to be one of the most versatile players in school history. A letterwinner from 1970-72 for the Golden Eagles, Guy still holds the single-season school record for most interceptions with eight in 1972, along with Billy Devrow (1965) and Bubba Phillips (1949). His career records include holding the longest punting average in school history of 44.7 yards, while still holding down second in career interceptions with 18.
Guy will be officially enshrined into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
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