Ray Guy, arguably the greatest punter in NFL history, has died at 72 years old.

According to his alma mater, Southern Mississippi, Guy’s death followed a lengthy illness.

Guy, the only punter in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was selected in the first round, 23rd overall, by the Oakland Raiders in the 1973 NFL Draft. It was the first time a punter had ever been picked in the first round, and it’s only happened one other time since — Steve Little, in 1978 by the Cardinals, and he was also a kicker.

Guy played with the Raiders, who moved to Los Angeles in 1982, through the end of his career in 1986. He made the Pro Bowl seven times and was a first-team All-Pro in six different seasons. He played a role in three Super Bowl championships.

Ray Guy getting elected into the Hall of Fame in 2014.

John Madden, who coached Guy on the Raiders from 1973-78, called him “The best punter I’ve ever known.”

“When we first drafted him, it was a heck of a choice,” Madden once said. “I thought then he could be the greatest in the league, but I changed my mind. I think Ray proved he’s the best of all time.”

According to his Southern Miss bio, Guy downed 210 punts inside the 20-yard line, compared to just 128 touchbacks in the NFL. This statistic is also slightly incomplete, as it was not kept his first three seasons in the league.

Ray Guy punting for the Raiders in 1975.

He also played defensive back at Southern Miss.

Guy was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2014.

He was a finalist for induction seven times starting in 1992 without being voted in and didn’t even make it that far on other occasions.

“That kind of bothered me because they were saying that’s not a position, it doesn’t take an athlete to do that, it’s not important,” Guy said before his Hall of Fame induction in 2014. “That’s what really got under my skin. It wasn’t so much whether I did or didn’t. I wish somebody had. It was just knowing that they didn’t care.

“That’s what kind of frosted me a little bit.”

— with AP