Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is known for being outspoken. He has been a vocal proponent of gay rights, and he often uses his Twitter account to stump for important causes.
During the Vikings’ 21-14 win over the Bears, Kluwe used his uniform to push for another matter close to his heart. Kluwe covered up the Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary patch on his uniform with a simple message written on a Post-it note. “Vote Ray Guy.”
Kluwe wants to see Guy become the first punter in the Hall of Fame. His numbers support his election. Over 14 seasons, Guy averaged 42.4 yards per punt. He was in the top five of the leagues’ punters for his entire career. His longest punt was 77 yards.
But the Hall of Fame voters don’t often honor players whose only impact was on special teams. Guy told Yahoo! Sports that his absence in Canton can be blamed on voters not understanding what punters do for a team.
As a punter, Kluwe understands what his position does for his team. The likelihood of a fine for putting a personal message on a uniform didn’t stop Kluwe. It would be nice if the Hall of Fame voters would show the same guts.
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