Ray Guy was one of the greatest punters in NFL history. Coming from the University of Southern Mississippi, in 1973, he was the first pure punter ever selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders. Only once in his 14 years as a Raider did he average less than 40 yards, and his career average of 42.4 was achieved on a total of 1049 punts. Guy was a key member of three Super Bowl-winning Raiders teams: Super Bowls XI, XV, and XVIII. His best performance may well have been Super Bowl XVIII against the Washington Redskins. When the Raiders offense faltered just outside the range of placekicker Chris Bahr, Guy, known for his power, used finesse instead to boot a 27-yard punt that pinned the Washington Redskins on their own 12-yard line late in the first half. On the very next play, Jack Squirek intercepted a pass by Washington quarterback Joe Theismann and returned it for a touchdown that gave the Raiders a 21-3 halftime lead. The Raiders would eventually win 38-9. Guy retired in 1986.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
Plaque location: Oakland Coliseum