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This punter really got the hang of it

LOS ANGELES--Ray Guy had a thundering leg, sure, but did he really have the power to punt a football from one end zone to the other? John Madden didn't buy it. "When we scouted him I saw a film that he kicked the ball 100 yards," recalled Madden, coach of the Oakland Raiders at the time. "He kicked it out of his own end zone into the other team's end zone. I said, that's the definition of a guy that could really flip field position. And I looked at the film so many times and I thought it was trick photography. In those days it was real film, and we had a splice an editor could make himself." Madden painstakingly went through the reel frame by frame. "I thought it had to be two punts,"...

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