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Ray Guy: Hall of Fame recognitions should include NFL shrine

It's been a few big weeks for Thomson legend Ray Guy.

The NFL great was selected for the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., and the National High School Sports Hall of Fame in recent weeks.

Mr. Guy was certainly elated to be named to both halls, but let's hope the journey isn't over. The National Football Hall of Fame should be the next step.

His NFL accomplishments are certainly honorable:

Mr. Guy then became the first and only punter to be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft. He played 14 seasons in the NFL and won three Super Bowl rings with the Oakland Raiders.

He also played in seven Pro Bowls, led the NFL in punting three times and holds a host of post-season records ranging from highest putting average to most career punts.

He also played in 207 consecutive games, averaged 42.4 yards per punt for his career and made "hang time" a part of the game.

And through it all, Mr. Guy remains humble and patient -- more humble and patient than most people would be in his position.

We'll just have to wait and see on that," he said of the NFL hall. "We'll take it one step at a time."

He's right. As a community, we should take it one step at a time. Local supporters should initiate a letter and public relations campaign, targeting each voting member of the hall of fame committee.

Ray Guy deserves this honor and our area should help open the doors to the hall. He's long been behind McDuffie County; we should not hesitate to get behind him.



Web posted on Thursday, April 22, 2004


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