Skip to comments.Guy, Brooks, Jones among 7 elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame
Posted on 02/01/2014 4:49:53 PM PST by Doogle
NEW YORK Ray Guy has become the first punter elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Joining the long-time Oakland Raider were two first-time eligible players, linebacker Derrick Brooks and offensive tackle Walter Jones.
The class of 2014 also included defensive end Michael Strahan, receiver Andre Reed, defensive back Aeneas Williams and defensive end Claude Humphrey, who like Guy was a senior selection.
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Good for GUY! Finally.
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Did Guy not make it his first chance? He should have.
Unfortunately, this was either Guy’s seventh or eight time as a Hall of Fame finalist...a true tragedy.
Aeneas Williams was a great defensive back and is an even better person.
Guy was also a pretty good backup QB.
I guess I never saw him play QB but that is what the announcer would always say so probably true.
Williams, Humphrey and of course Guy were all great picks.
Ray Guy was more than a punter. He was an artiste, back fromwhen the Raiders were fun. Biletnikoff, and that guy with the stickum) and even Mark Van Eeghan made for a great team to watch.
Strahan was good football player but he is an annoying pundit, disastrous husband and big promoter of homosexual marriage.
Also note that Manning just won MVP, and deservedly so.
Guy could pin that ball like no other I have ever seen. I can not simply understand why todays punters cant punt for the coffin corner like he could.
Guy should have been elected a long time ago. Strahan got in only because he played in New York. He was good, but not Hall of Fame good.
Not like the Baseball Hall of Fame is it? I’ve never heard of a lot several of these players,and I’m about an average fan I’d guess.
Yup he was actually the emergency backup QB for the Raiders for years. I actually saw him play QB a couple of times in his career, once during the mid 70s, and later on in a game in 1980 he came in after Plunkett came out with a hamstring injury. On the next play Dan Pastorini got his bell rung and came out... Guy stepped in and completed a pass which extended the drive. Plunkett came back out after some quick medical attention.
Yes, but one voter selected Tom Brady as MVP, denying Manning a unanimous vote. Voter claimed Brady was more valuable because he carried his team on his back, even though he acknowledged Manning may have had the greatest season an NFL QB ever had.
As a result, Brady remains the only player ever to win a unanimous NFL MVP.
Manning's been robbed of appropriate acknowledgement before. See, e.g., Heisman Trophy.
Agreed, and I'll add my disappointment that Jerome Bettis was passed over again (4th time). There just is no excuse for that IMHO.
Southern Miss bttt
Safety too and I think ran a few returns back himself
I saw him play a number of times
Him not me
If I remember correctly, Ray Guy was also a devastating last man on punt coverage and could lay a mean hit on a punt returner.
Maybe a month or two back there was an hour or maybe two hour long program about the Mannings. Archie was a real home movie addict and there was plenty of film of the kids growing up.
They also showed a lot of footage of Archie playing with Ole Miss and I had forgotten just how good he was. Maybe the best there ever was. He had the misfortune of playing for one of the worst pro teams ever.
I never got to see Guy play but did get to see Favre at Southern Miss. I believe he had the strongest arm ever.
I once saw him throw in the most awkward position possible and hit the tight end on the opposite side of the field. The ball was thrown so hard he couldn’t handle it.
I had a class with that tight end the next Monday and he told me, yes it was just thrown too hard.
A lot of these guys are in a lot worse shape when they become eligible so I don’t hold it against them about the minimum of four inducted per year. If are going to do a hall of fame for the sport of football let them enjoy it and get some gravy off of it while they can. That said, yes, there’s a reason it’s generally a bigger deal to get in Cooperstown. Or even not to get into it.
No Charles Haley? Come on, man!
I’d have voted for Will Shields over Aeneas Williams. Williams deserves to go some year, but Shields made the Pro Bowl 12 times to 6 for Williams.
The pro bowl has been such a dog for so long it hasn’t been much of a way to burnish your credentials,IMO. In the old days,the check they got for playing meant something , it’s about nothing now to most of them.
Aeneas Williams was also very fan friendly, after practices he was never too busy or too tired to sign stuff for fans, same as Kurt Warner.
Absolutely. Ray Guy in the HOF is long, long overdue.
Claude Humphrey is the neglected man here.
Humphrey was a one man band on defense for the (at the time hapless) Atlanta Falcons. And it is really hard to be a one man band on defense.
I thought the guy was the best I ever seen because he was double teamed on almost every play and still made most of the stops on defense.
It is a shame no one got to see him play because Atlanta never was on tv.
I’m very glad for Ray Guy. I don’t know that there are many HOF-worthy punters/kickers, but he certainly is.
He also had to sell his Super Bowl rings at a bankruptcy auction a couple of years ago. Being in the HOF ought to get him invited to a few more revenue-generating events.
He was FAR more outstanding at his position than any of the others listed were at their positions..
In fact, he may have had a greater impact on his team’s success that any of the other player chosen this year.
Belitnikoff was considered a "cheater" at the time.
Don't get me started on just WHY Snake Stabler is not in the HOF.
Some say it's because the Raiders of the time were considered "dirty" players.
Ergo, why only a few of them made the HOF.
IMHO, the 70s Raiders were awesome. And I'm not even a Raiders fan.
I’m happy to see Ray Guy finally get in.
>>>>>>>”Joining the long-time Oakland Raider were two first-time eligible players, linebacker Derrick Brooks and offensive tackle Walter Jones.
The class of 2014 also included defensive end Michael Strahan, receiver Andre Reed, defensive back Aeneas Williams and defensive end Claude Humphrey, who like Guy was a senior selection.”>>>>>>>>>>
Dungy and Marvin Harrison snubbed?
Dungy and Marvin Harrison snubbed?.....this time
“Don’t get me started on just WHY Snake Stabler is not in the HOF.”
I think it is because that era has so many great qbs, Tark, Bradshaw, Staubach, Griese, A Maning, Jones, Hart ... not all HoFers, but close enough to Stabler to muddy the waters,
It always gets my goat how today's writers... never know any history about what they write about. In this instance, they forgot that Yale Lary was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979 after playing for the Detroit Lions from 1952 to 1964. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yale_Lary:
"Lary won punting titles in 1959, 1961 and 1963, missing another one in 1962 by just 3.6 inches. A year he didn't win, 1960, Detroit opponents averaged less than one yard per return on his punts. From the end zone, Lary could consistently punt past midfield with enough hang time to let the coverage team get downfield and do its work. According to Paul Hornung in 2004, he was the best punter ever.
"Once, Lary had a string of six games and 32 punts with no returns, and he had just four punts blocked out of 503 in his career. Lary also returned kickoffs in 1952-53 and 1956, scored three times on punt returns (longest: 74 yards in 1953), was named All-NFL four times and played in nine Pro Bowls. Lary was also a member of the All-Decade Team of the 1950s."
Granted, Lary also played Free Safety but it was his punting abilities that got him into the NFL Hall of Fame.
Congrats to Claude Humphrey, a great Falcon from back in the day. And all the other inductees too.
“Im happy to see Ray Guy finally get in.”
Yes, its about time.
Dungy DOES NOT belong in the HOF, period.
If you put him in, might as well put Brian Billick (1 SB win) in too. Actually, Billick did more with less. Dungy had the luck of having one of the best QB’s of all time - without Gomer, Dungy is essentially a Ron Meyer-ish level of NFL coach; hardly worthy of HOF honors.
Looks like the NFL HOF may go the way of the MLB HOF - it’s going to become the “HOE” (Hall Of Ehhh).
Nice historical knowledge!
Russell Erxleben continues to be denied his rightful entry in to the HoF. (I just like saying his last name)
I'm thinking that the shout-out from Jesus Christ, on Judgment Day, will mean a lot more to Manning than trophies.
I’m thinking you are right.