Ray Guy thinks most of the Hall of Fame voters a “stupid people who don’t understand” and he’s right. That the greatest punter in the history of the game is still on the outside looking in at Canton is beyond frustrating…it’s embarrassing.
Guy’s continued Hall of Fame snub is an embarrassment to the Hall itself. After all, if it’s not about honoring the greatest to ever play the game then what’s purpose of any Hall of Fame?
Some will argue that the position of punter just isn’t as important to the game. I and any other reasonable fan would respond with one simple question. Why then is punting a specialized position?
It’s not like this is 1935 and coaches just grab some offensive lineman with a soccer background sending him out on the field to kick. These days high school punters earn scholarships to kick in college. The select few – keep in mind there are only 32 punting jobs available in this country – graduate to the NFL where they make good money just for booting a ball downfield.
If the position is so unimportant than why are these men paid such good money?
Over the years Guy has had his fare share of disappointment. In recent years he had to sell his Super Bowl rings in order to pay off a tax debt. But nothing compares to the empty feeling he gets every year when it comes time for the Hall of Fame vote.
So distraught with the entire process is the greatest punter of all-time that he no longer holds out any hopes of ever making it to Canton.
“I used to anticipate [the call] but not anymore. It crosses my mind and it’s just a fluke. I don’t think about it anymore. I just go on.”
It really is a shame that HOF voters are allowed to create their own standard for enshrinement. Nobody is arguing that every punter should get Canton consideration. Certainly the best to ever play the position should. Beyond that Guy is also one of the great weapons in the history of the game. His story, how he changed the position and indeed the game is a part of the history of football. A Hall of Fame without Ray Guy is an incomplete work. Here’s hoping he’ll be alive to see the day when “stupid” voters finally come to their senses.