In a game against the Chicago Bears last December, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe covered the Pro Football Hall of Fame patch on his jersey with a post-it that read "Vote Ray Guy," in protest to the Hall's 50th anniversary celebrations because no pure punters are in the Canton shrine.
Now Kluwe is the punter on the team for which Guy played. The Oakland Raiders confirmed Friday they signed the controversial free agent punter who spent the past eight years with the Vikings.
Kluwe already made it clear that the only punting he will do is on the football field. When it comes to the social issues for which he is infamously passionate -- especially same sex marriage and equality in sports -- the vociferous Kluwe will continue to attack as he sees fit through social media.
Originally signed as a free agent rookie out of UCLA by the Seattle Seahawks in 2005, Kluwe played in127 career games in his eight years with Minnesota. He holds the franchise record with a 44.4-yard average (623 punts, 27,683 yards). His net average of 37.2 yards is second in Vikings history.
"I'm excited to be an Oakland Raider and be playing in California," Kluwe told FOX Sports. "Now, my family can actually come to games. ..."Hopefully, I'll be able to play for the next seven years and end my career in California."
The Raiders needed a punter to replace Shane Lechler, who signed a three-year contract with the Houston Texans, after breaking many of Guy's records. Lechler is a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and had two of the top four punting averages in NFL history -- 51.1 yards in 2009 and 50.8 yards in 2009.
Kluwe told FOX Sports he intends to remain a vocal advocate of equality in sports and beyond.
"I'm still going to be myself socially and continue to tweet and interact with my fans," Kluwe said.
Kluwe says he already has his eye on California's Proposition 8 that was passed by voters in 2008 and limits the state to recognize only marriages between a man and a woman. The legality of the law was argued in the U. S. Supreme Court in March and a ruling is expected next month. Kluwe says if the measure is not repealed he will address it.