The violation takes the form of a patch Kluwe wore over the ‘NFL Hall of Fame’ logo on his jersey. The patch was a statement urging voters to put legendary punter Ray Guy in the Hall, it simply said: Vote Ray Guy.
Most people familiar with Kluwe know that he isn’t afraid to speak his mind. He recently made headlines speaking out on behalf of gay marriage, even challenging a politician to a debate.
Here’s Kluwe’s comment on the fine, and if he thinks he got his money’s worth:
“I think so. It got people talking about it. I heard the broadcast team talked about it for a bit. Hopefully people will realize, ‘Hey, punters aren’t in the Hall of Fame. Maybe we should do something about that.’ “
This is a pretty small fine when it comes to the NFL these days, and at least this has a good message behind it from Kluwe. I honestly didn’t know there weren’t any punters in the Hall. If anyone deserves entry, it’s undoubtedly Guy, who averaged 42.4 yards per punt in his career. He’s known as the punter that changed the game of football, and was the first punter ever nominated for enshrinement.
Guy made the Pro Bowl seven times, and won three Super Bowls from 1973-1986. He was also named the punter on the NFL’s 75th anniversary team.
I think that it’s fair to say there shouldn’t be very many punters in the Hall, but the fact that there are zero currently inducted, does seem a bit wrong. It’s an important position in the game, and just like all the others, it deserves representation in Canton. Take it for what it is, punting, but the best still deserve to be recognized.
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