Ray Guy will become the first punter inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the NFL revealed on Saturday.
Guy, who was an NFL star with the Oakland Raiders, is also the first Southern Miss product to be elected into the Hall.
Guy was joined by six other retired NFL - Tampa Bay linebacker Derrick Brooks, Seattle Seahawk Walter Jones, Buffalo Bills receiver Andre Reed, Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, Cardinals cornerback Aeneas Williams, Falcons defensive end Claude Humphrey.
Guy and Humphrey were both senior committee selections.
“Good things happen when you wait,” former USM athletic director Richard Giannini said of Guy's election. “Well deserved, should have happened years ago."
The class of seven will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Aug. 3 in Canton, Ohio.
Guy spent his entire 14-year NFL career with the Oakland Raiders. He was the first punter selected in the first round of the NFL Draft in 1973 out of Southern Miss.
Guy led the NFL in punting in 1974, 1975, and 1977 and finished second three times and third once. He played in seven Pro Bowls