Friday, Aug 1, 2014, the National Football League officially begins the festivities for the annual "Hall of Fame Weekend". On Saturday, Aug 2, 2014, the best part of the NFL's "Hall of Fame Weekend" will take place. This is the night when the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class will be formally inducted. This year's class includes LB Derrick Brooks (TB), DL Claude Humphrey (ATL, PHI), OT Walter Jones (SEA), WR Andre Reed (BUF/WAS), DL Michael Strahan (NYG), DB Aeneas Williams (AZ, StL), and finally after so many years, P Ray Guy (OAK). Guy will become the first punter ever inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Everyone who watched Ray Guy in action, knows he should have been in the HoF years ago. In fact, it was a no-brainer.
Guy was the first punter ever drafted in the first round (23rd overall 1973), excelled at directional punting, and the term "hang time" was practically invented because of him. He was All-Pro six years straight (1973-78), and was 2nd team All-Pro in 1979 and 1980. He was also named to the "1970's All-decade team".
Guy's punts were so high, and hung for so long, that there was once even an accusation that there was helium in the ball.
Congratulations are in order for the entire 2014 class, but especially for Ray Guy. Also, be prepared to forgive him if he shows any bitterness during his speech; that can happen when one has been slighted for so long.
The induction ceremony will air live on ESPN2, Saturday night, Aug 2, from 4:00-7:00 pm PT. The ESPN network has aired the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies since 1995, and will continue to do so, at least thru 2020.
*2014 NFL Training camp injury update - 1) Brent Urban (DL) Baltimore Ravens: Torn ACL; out for season. 2) Donald Thomas (G) Indianapolis Colts: Torn quadriceps; out for season. Both injuries were reported on July 31.