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Thomson's Ray Guy a Finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Augusta, GA (August 21, 2013) – The Augusta Sports Council, owner  of the Ray Guy Award, is pleased to announce that Ray Guy has been named  as a Senior Committee nominee and finalist for election into the Class of 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Guy, former NFL punter for the Oakland Raiders, has been a modern-era finalist seven times (1992, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002 and 2007) with this being his first nomination by the Senior Committee.  Guy will join 15 modern-era candidates, which have yet to be named, on the list of finalists from which the Class of 2014 will be selected.

Guy became the first punter ever drafted in the first round when the Oakland Raiders selected him as the 23rd overall pick of the 1973 NFL Draft, later becoming a key member of three Super Bowl-winning teams.  He was named to six straight Pro Bowls (seven total), the most ever for a punter.  He led the NFL in punting three times, named to the NFL 75th Anniversary Team and is considered one of 300 Greatest Players in NFL History by the Official Encyclopedia of the NFL.  Guy played in 207 games in a row, without ever have missed a game.

Guy attended Southern Mississippi University where he booted a 77-yard punt in his first collegiate game.  He was the NCAA leading punter in 1972 with a 46.2 yard average and a unanimous All-American choice in the same year.  Southern Mississippi inducted him into the school's Hall of Fame in 1978.

John Madden, former Oakland Raiders' head coach and ABC Monday Night Football commentator, referred to Guy as "The best punter I've ever known."  He also said, "When we first drafted him, it was a heck of a choice.  I thought then he could be the greatest in the league, but I changed my mind.  I think Ray proved he's the best of all time." 

Brinsley Thigpen, ASC CEO says, "We are honored to be associated with Ray and the Ray Guy Award.  We are proud that his accomplishments and that the importance of the punter position are being recognized on a global scale."

The Augusta Sports Council presents the Ray Guy Award, given to the collegiate punter of the year at The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN in Orlando, FL.  The award is a member of the National Collegiate Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football.  The Ray Guy Preseason Watch List was announced on July 10, 2013 with nominations opening in September.

To learn more about Ray Guy and the Ray Guy Award, visit www.RayGuyAward.com.

(Courtesy: Augusta Sports Council)

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