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Best NFL punters of all time
Consistency, NFL records, Pro Bowls, punting records, hang time and players who gave their teams the field position advantage make up the list of the top five punters of all time. Jeff Feagles(notes) may be the iron man of the NFL, Sammy Baugh a Hall of Fame member who did more than punt, first round pick Ray Guy, 20 year punter Sean Landeta, and powerful Reggie Roby make up the list.
Jeff Feagles played in an NFL record 336 consecutive games. The 336 games placed Jeff fourth on the All-Time games played list in the NFL. According to Giants.com "Feagles' 1,649 punts, 68,607 yards and 531 punts inside the 20-yard line are all NFL records." During his long career Feagles was an All-Pro twice. Jeff played from 1988 until 2009. Feagles is one of the top five punters of all time on the basis of holding four NFL records and having a career filled with consistency and durability.
Sammy Baugh might be better known for his passing. The Hall of Fame member played in a different era where players played multiple positions. However, Sammy led the league in average yard per punt five times including four seasons in a row between 1940 and 1943. He finished his career ranked sixth All Time. Sammy had the longest punt each season for five seasons in a row from 1940-1944. In 1943 Baugh led the league with the longest punt, the longest average per punt, the most punting yards, and the most punts during the season.
Ray Guy was the first pure punter to be drafted in the first round. Guy was not known for the longest punts. However, he was known for high punts with long hang times which were difficult to return. Ray was a seven time Pro Bowl player. In 1977 he had the longest punt of the season in the NFL. He led the league in yards per punt three times 1974, 1975 and 1977. In his 14 year career Ray Guy only had three punts blocked and never had a punt retuned for a touchdown in his career.
Sean Landeta enjoyed a twenty year career as a punter. He was named to two Pro Bowl Teams. Sean is second on the All-Time list with 1,401 punts and he led the league in 1999 with 107 punts. In 1997 Sean had the longest punt of the year a 74 yard punt. Landeta is ranked second on the All-Time list with 60,707 career punting yards. In 1994 Sean led the league in punting average. Landeta averaged 44.8 yards per punt. He was consistent averaging 43.3 yards per punt for his career.
Reggie Roby enjoyed a 15 year NFL career in which he was named to a Pro Bowl team three times. Reggie had the longest punt in both the 1986 and 1987 season. In 1991 Reggie had the best punting average in the NFL for the season. Reggie Roby died in 2005 at the age of 43.Don Shula his coach with the Miami Dolphins told the Miami Sun Sentinel Roby "had one of the most strong, powerful legs in the history of the NFL."
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