NFL History Lesson: Why Raiders’ Ray Guy Isnt the Best Punter of All-Time

In 2007, former Oakland Raider’s Punter Ray Guy told the Oakland Tribune, “To this day, that’s the thing I get asked about the most.”

Can you guess what that one thing is?

Maybe being the first and only pure punter selected in the first round of the NFL draft in 1973? Nope.

His experience at the Super Bowl, in which he was a participant three times? Negative. How about his seven Pro Bowl appearances? You’re getting hotter.

In 1976, Ray Guy, who was representing the AFC in the Pro Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome, punted a ball into the scoreboard, and that’s the thing that Guy gets asked about more than anything to this day.  

Hence, the legend of Ray Guy.

The height of the scoreboard in the Superdome that day was 90 feet off the playing field. It was later raised to 200 feet.

Fast-forward to August 2009.

In a preseason game, Titans Punter A.J. Trapasso hit the bottom of the giant video screen at Cowboys Stadium. Not coincidentally, the video screen sat just 90 feet above the playing field, the minimum required level.

So let’s now delve into Guy’s career numbers to disprove the popular belief that he is, in fact, the greatest punter in NFL history.

Ray Guy played 14 seasons in the NFL. He led the league in punting three times, meaning he had the best gross average. His highest single-season average (45.3) was in his rookie campaign of 1973. His career long punt was 74 yards.

Guy played in 207 games, punted for 44,493 yards and averaged 42.4 yards in his career. He received three first-team All Pro selections.

Now let’s evaluate Jerrel “Thunder Foot” Wilson, a punter who had just as much of a statistically-rewarding career as Ray Guy.

Jerrel Wilson was an 11th-round draft pick in the AFL by the Kansas City Chiefs, and 17t-round pick in the NFL b...

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