Guy 'wrote the book' on punting

Morris News Service
Thomson native Ray Guy (left), considered the top punter in NFL history, is holding his annual camp in Thomson. He has co-written a book on punting.

THOMSON --- Ray Guy is adding to his resume these days.

The former star punter with the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders and Thomson native is the co-author of a book entitled, Football Kicking and Punting . The book was co-written by Rick Sang, director of the Ray Guy Kicking Academy.

The foreword to the new book is written by Guy's longtime coach with the Raiders, John Madden, the retired football television color commentator.

"It's a little different being called an author," laughed Guy, who is putting on a two-day kicking camp which ends today at Thomson High School.

Sang said it took about 18 months to co-write the book.

"It's doing real well on the market right now and we're very pleased," Sang said.

Guy, considered by many the greatest pure punter in the history of the NFL, remains a popular figure amongst football fans. At The Official Van Heusen Pro Football Hall of Fame Fan's Choice, Guy's name is atop the list of candidates.

As of Wednesday night, Guy led all nominees with more than 49,000 votes. The other six leading former NFL players behind him include Tim Brown, Jerry Rice, Jim Plunkett, Lester Hayes, Emmitt Smith and Cliff Branch. Both Plunkett and Branch played with Guy on the Raiders' team.

"I've always known that the fans are behind me and that's always meant a lot to me," Guy said. "The fans make you. I sincerely appreciate the fans supporting me and fighting for a position that should have already been in the NFL Hall of Fame."

Guy said he tries not to think about whether he'll ever be honored in such a way, "because I've been there so many times -- a couple of times real close. Whether I do or not, the satisfaction for me comes from knowing that the fans know what kind of player I was and that's good enough for me."

"It's amazing that in the 90 years of the (Pro Football) Hall of Fame, a punter has never been inducted," Sang said.

Forty-two teenagers from across the Southeast traveled to Thomson to learn from Guy.

Guy has had a good year helping raise money for the upcoming 100-year anniversary at his alma mater, the University of Southern Mississippi. He's hopeful 2010 is even better.

Guy is one of 25 semifinalists for the induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Reach Billy W. Hobbs at billy.hobbs@mcduffiemirror.com.

VOTE FOR GUY

Go to fanschoice.com to vote for the NFL player you think deserves to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. As of late Wednesday evening, Ray Guy led the list of 25 semifinalists with more than 49,000 votes.

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