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Ray Guy officially becomes first pure punter in Pro Football Hall of Fame

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The long wait is finally over. Both for Ray Guy and for punters in the Hall of Fame. After 23 years of eligibility the greatest punter in NFL history will finally be entered into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

On Saturday it was announced that Ray Guy along with Claude Humphrey have become a Senior Committee inductees into the Hall of Fame. They join five modern-era finalists as the class of 2014.

The term "hang time" was invented because of Guy. He was the first pure punter the game had ever seen. Before him punting was not taken seriously enough for teams to have one guy to perform the function. After him, punter became a pure position. He changed the game. That's what it means to be a Hall of Famer.

He entered the league in 1973 and is to this day the only punter ever taken in the first round of the NFL draft. Guy spent 14 seasons in the NFL. During that time he was named to the Pro Bowl 7 times, an All Pro 6 times. He played in seven AFC Championship games and played a pivotal role on each of the Raiders three Super Bowl teams winning teams.