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08:01 AM ET 12.14 | Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer isn't nearly as entertained as about 140,000 Twitter followers. [Priefer] fired a brushback pitch at his activist punter after Chris Kluwe was fined for violating the NFL's uniform policy by taping "Vote Ray Guy" over the Pro Football Hall of Fame emblem on his jersey against Chicago. ... Priefer casually was asked at the end of his weekly news conference whether he would hide the Post-It notes from Kluwe this week to prevent a repeat of the stunt, and he used the question to take his punter to task. "Those distractions are getting old for me, to be quite honest with you," Priefer said Thursday, Dec. 13. "Do I think Ray Guy deserves to be in the Hall of Fame? Absolutely. But there's other ways of going about it."

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December 14, 2012  08:11 AM ET

"Activist punter"... two words one doesn't see together very often.

December 14, 2012  08:18 AM ET

Coaches attention span must be near zilch, if he can get distracted by a punter.

December 14, 2012  08:22 AM ET

Punters should be seen and not heard.

December 14, 2012  08:33 AM ET

Kickers have always been seen as flakes, but at least this one has a legitimate cause.

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December 14, 2012  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

This guy sounds like he's wound too tight.

Punters and kickers don't practice like the rest of the team. They have a lot more time on their hands.

December 14, 2012  08:53 AM ET

"Do I think Ray Guy deserves to be in the Hall of Fame? Absolutely. But there's other ways of going about it."

What other ways? What are you doing about it, coach? The fact is, a guy (pun intended) who deserves to be in the HOF is not, and he's now 62 and has been out of the League for over a quarter of a century. Every year that goes by, there are fewer and fewer of us who remember watching him play.

If not now, when? And if not Chris Kluwe, who?

As a special teams coach, Mike, you should be wearing a post-it note to agitate for your kind of players, who I'm sure are very under-represented in Canton.

December 14, 2012  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Punters should be seen and not heard.

He definitely knows how to draw attention to himself.

December 14, 2012  09:01 AM ET

A player that is in only a few plays ever game, has no place in the HOF. IMO

December 14, 2012  09:22 AM ET
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A player that is in only a few plays ever game, has no place in the HOF. IMO

He's the only punter ever drafted in the first round. He changed the way we thought about punters, as he was very effective at what was then called the "coffin-corner kick" to pin the opponents deep in their own territory. He dominated punt statistics for years. A running back or likebacker that led the league in stats for a decade would be a shoo-in for the HOF. He was the third-string quarterback, too.

How many times have you seen a punter make a girly attempt at a tackle when the punt coverage broke down and he was the last guy between the returner and a touchdown? Ray Guy practiced tackling with the rest of the team, and he'd put his shoulder into the runner's midsection, wrap his arms around him and throw him to the ground.

December 14, 2012  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

He's the only punter ever drafted in the first round. He changed the way we thought about punters, as he was very effective at what was then called the "coffin-corner kick" to pin the opponents deep in their own territory. He dominated punt statistics for years. A running back or likebacker that led the league in stats for a decade would be a shoo-in for the HOF. He was the third-string quarterback, too.

How many times have you seen a punter make a girly attempt at a tackle when the punt coverage broke down and he was the last guy between the returner and a touchdown? Ray Guy practiced tackling with the rest of the team, and he'd put his shoulder into the runner's midsection, wrap his arms around him and throw him to the ground.

He was a lethal weapon.

A no-brainer HOF'er as far as I'm concerned... but then again so is the Snake (IMHO).

December 14, 2012  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

He's the only punter ever drafted in the first round. He changed the way we thought about punters, as he was very effective at what was then called the "coffin-corner kick" to pin the opponents deep in their own territory. He dominated punt statistics for years. A running back or likebacker that led the league in stats for a decade would be a shoo-in for the HOF. He was the third-string quarterback, too.How many times have you seen a punter make a girly attempt at a tackle when the punt coverage broke down and he was the last guy between the returner and a touchdown? Ray Guy practiced tackling with the rest of the team, and he'd put his shoulder into the runner's midsection, wrap his arms around him and throw him to the ground.

He averaged 5 plays a game. Billy White Shoes Johnson had more impact in his 5 plays (on special teams). Is he a HOFer?

Plus, it's not like Guy lead the league in punting all 14 of his years in the NFL, or was 1'st team all pro every year. I think it was only 3 years.

Again, just my opinion. It seems with age comes embellishment. He was a great punter, but at best he meant an extra 25-30 in field possition per game.

December 14, 2012  09:32 AM ET

The backlog of worthy players who aren't in the HOF is getting pretty severe. Right or wrong, I just don't see a punter jumping to the head of the line.

December 14, 2012  09:37 AM ET
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The backlog of worthy players who aren't in the HOF is getting pretty severe. Right or wrong, I just don't see a punter jumping to the head of the line.

But if you consider the amount of yards he held opponents to, by kicking inside the 20 or just booming one down field -- could have been enough yards to make the difference in a field goal. I think a special teams section could be opened in the Hall. Special teams is a huge part of the game and players like Guy and Steve Tasker should get some consideration for being elete at their specialty

December 14, 2012  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

He definitely knows how to draw attention to himself.

Someone must claim that distinguished role as being most flamboyant punter in the NFL. Congrats Kluwe

December 14, 2012  09:46 AM ET

The other thing about Guy was the height of his punts - it led to a new statistic: hang time, and it changed the way future punters developed their skills. He was an innovator, and that type of player, who changes the game, usually gets serious consideration.

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December 14, 2012  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

He was a lethal weapon. A no-brainer HOF'er as far as I'm concerned... but then again so is the Snake (IMHO).

I'll second both of those

December 14, 2012  09:53 AM ET

Grumpy Old Coach! Maybe, just maybe he should try punting!

 
December 14, 2012  09:54 AM ET

Ray Guy was the first punter to make me as interested in the guy kicking the ball as the guy receiving it. He raised directional punting to an art form and it's only now making a comeback in the NFL. The only other punter who's name I can remember is Reggie Roby.

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