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Chris Kluwe supports Ray Guy with note over Hall of Fame patch (Picture)

Chris Kluwe is one of the most outspoken players in the NFL, so it’s no surprise that he used his platform as a punter for the Minnesota Vikings to campaign for Ray Guy to be voted into the Hall of Fame.

All NFL teams had patches on their jerseys Sunday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. As seen in the screenshot above, Kluwe decided to cover his patch with a message that read, “Vote Ray Guy.”

“Of course, I’m going to get fined,” Kluwe told 1500 ESPN after the game. “For me it’s hard to support a Hall of Fame that doesn’t recognize punters. If you took a kid into the Hall of Fame and that was the only thing they knew about football, they would have no idea that punters even played the game. Why am I going to support a Hall of Fame that does that? So, vote Ray Guy.”

Guy is considered to be the greatest punter in NFL history. Drafted in the first round of the 1973 NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders, he reached the Pro Bowl seven times and was voted All-Pro three times. He averaged 42.4 yards per punt for his career, and his punts were so high and far in distance, they led to the concept of “hang time.”

Last month, Guy went off about the lack of punters in the Hall of Fame (none have been elected). Kluwe wrote a long complaint in response where he called Hall of Fame voters “petulant, ignorant, and flat-out stupid” for keeping Guy out of Canton.

Though special teams is a smaller part of the game than offense or defense, is still is important. Guy was an extremely valuable player, in many ways an innovator, and he was the best ever to do his job. I’m really not sure what more the Hall of Fame is looking for out of a player. There really is little justification for keeping him out of the Hall. It just seems spiteful at this point.

H/T Deadspin

Former Raiders punter Ray Guy goes off about no punters being in Hall of Fame

There are plenty of times when punter is easily the most underrated position on the football field. Take Thursday night’s game between the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills, for example. Buffalo rookie punter Shawn Powell tied a franchise record by landing five punts inside Miami’s 20-yard line during the 19-13 victory — one of which went out of bounds at the 1-yard line at a crucial time late in the fourth quarter. Without Powell’s performance, you could easily make the argument that the Bills would have lost.

After seeing a game like the one Powell had on Thursday night, it’s easy to understand how people like former Oakland Raiders punter Ray Guy become infuriated that there are no punters in the Hall of Fame. Here’s what Guy had to say about young punters aspiring to play in the NFL.

“I watch them and in the back of my mind I know you’re wasting your time because we got some stupid people who don’t understand,” Guy told Les Carpenter of Yahoo! Sports earlier this week. “Here’s a kid who’s got a dream of being a punter in the NFL, but you got people here who cut him down before they even get out of the chute. So what are you telling these kids? To forget about it?

“I guess it all stems around people just don’t understand the importance of a punter. They really don’t. Unless you played. You have to be in there. You have to understand every player on that team has a position or play to do. And all they do is drag and fuss about ‘well yeah he can punt and this and that and the other thing,’ but they don’t really respect that and they think it shouldn’t be alongside the other guys in the Hall of Fame.”

Personally, I agree with Guy. No one is saying punters are ever the best player on the field, but I believe the best players to ever play the game at their position deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. That being said, the prospect of making a few hundred thousand a season to play the safest position in football and have the opportunity to do it for 20 years should be enough to keep youngsters interested in punting.

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