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Ray Guy: 1949-2022



One of the Golden Eagle greats has died. SouthernMiss.com reports Ray Guy passed away Thursday morning after a long illness.


During his Golden Eagle days, Guy was a standout defensive back in addition to being a punter. Guy retains the single-season school record for most interceptions with eight in 1972 -- along with Billy Devrow in 1965 and Bubba Phillips in 1949. Guy's career records include holding the longest punting average in school history of 44.7 yards -- while still holding down second in career interceptions with 18.


Guy was also a great field goal kicker -- converting 25 in his career, including a then-record 61-yarder in a game at Utah State. Guy also played baseball for the black and gold -- pitching one of only six no-hitters in Southern Miss history.


Considered by many as the greatest punter of all time, Guy was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014. Guy spent his entire NFL career with the Raiders from 1973-1981, when they called Oakland home, and from 1982-1986, when they relocated to Los Angeles.


Guy was 72.


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