OAKLAND (KCBS) – Oakland Raiders legend Ray Guy became the first punter elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday, 23 years after he left the game.
“Saying ‘it’s about time’ would be too obvious,” Guy’s former coach John Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew, noting it’s no easy achievement for a kicker. “I used to tell Ray — and it was easy to say but hard to have to live through — that you’re going to be in the Hall of Fame. You are a Hall of Famer, you deserve to be there, and it’s just a matter of time. I didn’t think the time would really be that long.”
As superb a punter as Guy was, he wanted to play defense for the Raiders too.
“He was a good safety and he could throw the ball farther than any of our quarterbacks,” Madden said, recalling when Guy ran out with the defense on his first day at training camp. “I told him, ‘Get the heck out of there… You’ll never play any defense. We’ve got safeties covered. We don’t need you at safety, we need you at punter…’ Ron Wolf was our director of player personnel at the time. (Guy) said ‘Ron Wolf told me that I could play defense too.’ And I said, ‘Ron Wolf lied.’ That was the end. The conversation never came up again.” Madden will introduce Guy at the Hall of Fame ceremonies in Canton this summer. (7:20)
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