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Guy, Brooks, Jones among 7 elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame
foxnews ^ | 02/01/14 | AP via FOX

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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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: fame
Congrats to all, though I was hoping Tony Dungy made it
1 posted on 02/01/2014 4:49:53 PM PST by Doogle
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To: Chode

ping


2 posted on 02/01/2014 4:50:25 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

Good for GUY! Finally.


3 posted on 02/01/2014 4:50:26 PM PST by boop (I just wanted a President. But I got a rock.)
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4 posted on 02/01/2014 4:54:56 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Doogle

Did Guy not make it his first chance? He should have.


5 posted on 02/01/2014 4:56:51 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: yarddog

Unfortunately, this was either Guy’s seventh or eight time as a Hall of Fame finalist...a true tragedy.


6 posted on 02/01/2014 5:01:40 PM PST by RonPaulLives (I won't be a neo-pawn in the game.)
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To: Doogle
Derrick Brooks was as good a linebacker as you'll ever want to see. Covered so much ground.

Aeneas Williams was a great defensive back and is an even better person.

7 posted on 02/01/2014 5:01:44 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (I had a long conversation with Aeneas Williams at an airport once.)
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To: RonPaulLives

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.


8 posted on 02/01/2014 5:14:34 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Doogle

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.


9 posted on 02/01/2014 5:20:27 PM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: yarddog

Strahan was good football player but he is an annoying pundit, disastrous husband and big promoter of homosexual marriage.


10 posted on 02/01/2014 5:20:43 PM PST by heye2monn
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To: Doogle

Also note that Manning just won MVP, and deservedly so.


11 posted on 02/01/2014 5:23:18 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Doogle

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.


12 posted on 02/01/2014 5:24:31 PM PST by crz
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To: Doogle

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.


13 posted on 02/01/2014 5:25:43 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: Doogle

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.


14 posted on 02/01/2014 5:25:48 PM PST by gusopol3
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To: yarddog

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.


15 posted on 02/01/2014 5:30:29 PM PST by gallandro1
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To: dfwgator
Also note that Manning just won MVP, and deservedly so.

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.

16 posted on 02/01/2014 5:33:11 PM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: Doogle
good on him...
17 posted on 02/01/2014 5:40:37 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: dfwgator

ditto


18 posted on 02/01/2014 5:42:24 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle
Congrats to all, though I was hoping Tony Dungy made it

Agreed, and I'll add my disappointment that Jerome Bettis was passed over again (4th time). There just is no excuse for that IMHO.

19 posted on 02/01/2014 5:45:37 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: crz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0267M6f1jvw


20 posted on 02/01/2014 5:45:38 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

Southern Miss bttt


21 posted on 02/01/2014 5:50:22 PM PST by wardaddy (wifey instructed me today to grow chapter president beard back again....i wonder why?)
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To: Scoutmaster
Manning's been robbed of appropriate acknowledgement before. See, e.g., Heisman Trophy.

Those of us who are old enough remember that his father, Archie, should have been a Heisman Trophy winner as well. During the Civil Rights Movement era, some of the voters were known to have said that they would not vote for someone from Mississippi.

Archie was the most exciting quarterback that I have ever watched. If you haven't seen The Book of Manning, get it. It provides a hint of what he was like, both on and off the field.
22 posted on 02/01/2014 5:51:18 PM PST by Engraved-on-His-hands (Conservative 2016!! The Dole, H.W. Bush, McCain, Romney experiment has failed.)
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To: yarddog

Safety too and I think ran a few returns back himself

I saw him play a number of times

Barefoot

Him not me


23 posted on 02/01/2014 5:55:57 PM PST by wardaddy (wifey instructed me today to grow chapter president beard back again....i wonder why?)
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To: Doogle

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.


24 posted on 02/01/2014 5:56:37 PM PST by Engraved-on-His-hands (Conservative 2016!! The Dole, H.W. Bush, McCain, Romney experiment has failed.)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

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.


25 posted on 02/01/2014 5:56:41 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: wardaddy

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.


26 posted on 02/01/2014 6:02:40 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: gusopol3

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.

Freegards


27 posted on 02/01/2014 6:11:48 PM PST by Ransomed
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No Charles Haley? Come on, man!


28 posted on 02/01/2014 6:22:31 PM PST by Hayride
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To: Doogle

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.


29 posted on 02/01/2014 6:40:33 PM PST by Our man in washington
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To: Our man in washington

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.


30 posted on 02/01/2014 6:46:52 PM PST by gusopol3
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To: Charles Henrickson

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.


31 posted on 02/01/2014 7:04:51 PM PST by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: boop

Absolutely. Ray Guy in the HOF is long, long overdue.


32 posted on 02/01/2014 7:27:23 PM PST by RatRipper (The political left are utterly evil and corrupt)
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To: RatRipper

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.


33 posted on 02/01/2014 7:39:52 PM PST by staytrue
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To: Dr. Sivana

I’m very glad for Ray Guy. I don’t know that there are many HOF-worthy punters/kickers, but he certainly is.


34 posted on 02/01/2014 7:54:56 PM PST by perez24 (Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap.)
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To: perez24

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.


35 posted on 02/01/2014 7:56:31 PM PST by perez24 (Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap.)
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To: RonPaulLives

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.


36 posted on 02/01/2014 9:05:01 PM PST by BwanaNdege
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To: Dr. Sivana
Yes. I'm old enough to know when wide receivers not only couldn't wear gloves, but if a guy had stickum on his hands it was considered "cheating".

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.

37 posted on 02/01/2014 11:02:46 PM PST by boop (I just wanted a President. But I got a rock.)
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To: Doogle; Bender2; Perdogg; dfwgator; GOPsterinMA; GeronL; NFHale

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?


38 posted on 02/01/2014 11:20:12 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

Dungy and Marvin Harrison snubbed?.....this time


39 posted on 02/02/2014 3:21:59 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: boop

“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,


40 posted on 02/02/2014 4:31:35 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: Doogle; big'ol_freeper; shove_it; TrueKnightGalahad; Larry Lucido; Diplomat; RockinRight; ...
Re: Ray Guy has become the first punter elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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.

41 posted on 02/02/2014 5:37:49 AM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Doogle

Congrats to Claude Humphrey, a great Falcon from back in the day. And all the other inductees too.


42 posted on 02/02/2014 6:29:24 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Impy; Doogle; Bender2; Perdogg; dfwgator; NFHale

“I’m 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).


43 posted on 02/02/2014 6:52:47 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (You're a very weird person, Yossarian.)
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To: Bender2

Nice historical knowledge!


44 posted on 02/02/2014 6:54:47 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (You're a very weird person, Yossarian.)
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To: Doogle

Russell Erxleben continues to be denied his rightful entry in to the HoF. (I just like saying his last name)


45 posted on 02/02/2014 7:02:17 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (http://thegatwickview.tumblr.com/ http://thepurginglutheran.tumblr.com/)
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To: Scoutmaster
Manning's been robbed of appropriate acknowledgement before. See, e.g., Heisman Trophy.

I'm thinking that the shout-out from Jesus Christ, on Judgment Day, will mean a lot more to Manning than trophies.

46 posted on 02/02/2014 7:07:49 AM PST by rabidralph
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To: rabidralph

I’m thinking you are right.


47 posted on 02/02/2014 7:13:41 AM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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