Ray has his day
By Gene Walker

Parents and punters was the theme of Ray Guy’s acceptance speech on Saturday night as he became the first punter ever inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Guy’s brief and humble comments to the crowd assembled at Fawcett Field and to a national television audience credited his father and mother as the greatest influences in his life.
He emphasized that, “the Hall of Fame now has a complete team.” That reference was not about him personally but a tribute to the vital position of punter in the game of football. Guy had been passed over seven times previously in Hall of Fame balloting in an obvious slight to the position. Nineteen former NFL punters, including Thomson’s Chris Mohr, were in attendance Saturday in support of Guy.
Guy was born in Swainsboro and was the hero of Thomson High School’s 1967 and 1968 state championship teams. He matriculated at Southern Mississippi University where he punted and played defensive back as well as pitched for the baseball team. He now works as a development officer for the university.

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