Answer is still no for punter Guy

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Ray Guy knows the routine by now, but that doesn't make it any easier.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame's Board of Selectors met Saturday afternoon for its annual election process. Once again, the members gave Guy their stock answer.

No.

Despite stellar credentials, Guy, 58, was rejected for the seventh time as a finalist in his bid to become the first pure punter elected into the Hall of Fame. The seven-time Pro Bowler, a member of the NFL 75th anniversary all-time team, Super Bowl silver anniversary team and all-time NFL team said it's about time Hall of Fame voters recognize punters.

"If that is not a position, don't have it," Guy said in a phone interview Saturday. "If it's not important, why in the hell have them? Why spend the time drafting them? Why spend money on them?"

Two former Washington Redskins -- wide receiver Art Monk and cornerback Darrell Green -- head up the 2008 class to be inducted, Aug. 2. Also voted in were New England linebacker Andre Tippett, San Diego/San Francisco defensive end Fred Dean, Minnesota/Denver tackle Gary Zimmerman and senior committee choice, Kansas City cornerback Emmitt Thomas, a member of the Atlanta Falcons coaching staff who finished last season as the interim coach.

"I can't be as disappointed as Ray is," said Paul Leroy, Guy's coach at Thomson High School. "I can't understand why they keep passing him up."

"Every year, I feel like it's going to happen," said Rick Sang, director of the Ray Guy/Prokicker.com Kicking Academy. "He always seems to be an automatic one."

Guy, a member of the National High School Sports Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame, played 14 seasons for the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders and won three Super Bowl rings.

Guy popularized the term "hang time" in reference to his sky-high directional punts. He posted a career 42.5 average. Of his 1,049 punts, not one was returned for a touchdown.

Despite the latest snub, Guy is receiving recognition. In January, he was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation Alumnus of the Year. In April, he will be inducted into the Bay Area Hall of Fame in San Francisco.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Reach Chris Gay at (706) 823-3645 or chris.gay@augustachronicle.com.

CLASS OF 2008

For the seventh time, Thomson native Ray Guy advanced to the final 15 for the Pro Football Hall of Fame but was not selected. Here is a look at the six who were elected Saturday:

FRED DEAN


Defensive end


1975-1985


49ers, Chargers

DARRELL GREEN


Cornerback


1983-2002


Redskins

ART MONK


Wide receiver


1980-1995


Redskins, Jets, Eagles

EMMITT THOMAS


Cornerback


1966-1978


Chiefs

ANDRE TIPPETT


Linebacker


1982-1993


Patriots

GARY ZIMMERMAN


Tackle


1986-1992


Vikings, Broncos

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/03/08 - 07:52 am
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Ray Guy is THE punter. He

Ray Guy is THE punter. He epitomized the valuable punter for his entire career. He set the standard that all teams strive for when hiring a punter. He'll make the Hall of Fame.

markxr7
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markxr7 02/03/08 - 11:48 am
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Hello you nitwits who vote

Hello you nitwits who vote for the nfl hall of fame! You have kickers inducted on your ballots in the past so why not a punter? It is a position player is it not? You %^$%^&* idiots! It would not surprise me that it is another Al Davis led Raider conspiracy with his dirty tricks to steal a former players thunder. I hope Ray gets in before he kicks the "ball" instead of the bucket. We are rooting for you Ray!

SANTA CLAUS JR
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SANTA CLAUS JR 02/03/08 - 05:30 pm
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do like ozzy osbourne said

do like ozzy osbourne said about the rock n roll hall of fame.he didn't want to be in it.if ray guy said who cares he we'll get in the next time.damn if he was in jail,took steroids,slap his wife,molested some kid he'd be in.wheres jesse jackson ,al sharpton .this a is racist.next year the holder from the 1942 packers well get in.geez lay off the crack.man he is the man.look up punter on the net.it says ray guy.ray(is the)guy

SANTA CLAUS JR
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SANTA CLAUS JR 02/03/08 - 05:31 pm
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hall of crap.hey next year

hall of crap.hey next year britney spears gets in

The Bottom Line
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The Bottom Line 02/04/08 - 12:12 am
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You would think that the rest

You would think that the rest of the crowd (all the players) would be sick and tired of the selection committee overlooking one of the most valuable players to ever set foot on the field and refuse to accept any more inductions until Ray Guy was inducted...that is what it will take for this to happen. Good Luck Ray! You need some PR people to get involved with this.

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