First things first: Congratulations to Tim Brown for making it to the final vote for Hall of Fame induction. Brown’s career certainly is Hall worthy and his enshrinement seems imminent. Even though he’s in a tough field up against the likes of Emmitt Smith, Jerry Rice and Cris Carter, Brown’s numbers should eventually get him a bust in Canton.
Now let’s get to the heart of the matter.
Once again Ray Guy was overlooked despite getting well over a half-a-million votes from the fans. He’s not alone as Tom Flores, Todd Christensen, Lester Hayes, Jim Plunkett and Cliff Branch were also cut from the final ballot.
I can easily make a case for all of the aforementioned all-time Raider greats, but Guy is once again the most glaring omission.
I don’t care what anybody thinks about the position of punter. I don’t care what any sports writers, coaches or even players think of the job of punting.
Punter is a legit position on the roster and it is a legit job.
If that wasn’t the case then teams would just go old school and roll some fat defensive lineman onto the field that just so happened to play a year of soccer in 5th grade. Instead, the best of best are groomed and then paid handsomely to kick balls down field when the offense stalls.
Ask any head coach and they’ll all tell you that having a great punter is as valuable a weapon as any in football.
Ask anybody who knows anything about football and they’ll tell you that Ray Guy is hands down the greatest punter ever.
Now, I’m not saying that we should start to consider every punter. I’m just saying that if the Hall of Fame is about honoring the greatest who ever played the game then how can it not include Ray Guy?
In the future, once all these stale relics that cling to their idiotic notions of what football is and what football isn’t are gone, I have faith that we’ll see Guy in Canton.
Until then, I’m afraid that this now will become Shane Lechler’s lot in life as well.
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