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  1. 1. Who is the # 1 greatest Punter of all-time?

    • Shane Lechler, OAK/HOU (2000-2017)
    • Andy Lee, SF/CLE/CAR/AZ (2004-present)
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    • Ray Guy, OAK/RAI (1973-1986)
    • Jerrel Wilson, KC/NE (1963-1978)
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    • Sean Landeta, NYG/LAR/STL/TB/GB/PHI (1985-2005)
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    • Dave Jennings, NYG/NYJ (1974-1987)
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    • Donnie Jones, SEA/MIA/STL/HOU/PHI/LAC (2004-2018)
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    • Reggie Roby, MIA/WAS/TB/HOU/TEN/SF (1983-1998)
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    • Jeff Feagles, NE/PHI/AZ/SEA/NYG (1988-2009)
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    • Chris Gardocki, CHI/IND/CLE/PIT (1991-2006)
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    • Todd Sauerbrun, CHI/KC/CAR/DEN/NE (1995-2007)
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    • Rich Camarillo, NE/LAR/PHO/HOU/OAK (1981-1996)
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    • Tom Tupa, PHO/IND/CLE/NE/NYJ/TB/WAS (1988-2004)
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    • Sam Koch, BAL (2006-present)
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    • Dustin Colquitt, KC/JAX/PIT/ATL/CLE (2005-present)
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    • Thomas Morstead, NO/ATL/NYJ (2009-present)
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    • Brett Kern, DEN/TEN (2008-present)
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    • Matt Turk, WAS/MIA/NYJ/STL/HOU/JAX (1995-2011)
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    • Brian Moorman, BUF/DAL (2001-2013)
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    • OTHER (Specify in thread)
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  2. 2. Who is the # 2 greatest Punter of all-time?

    • Shane Lechler, OAK/HOU (2000-2017)
    • Andy Lee, SF/CLE/CAR/AZ (2004-present)
    • Ray Guy, OAK/RAI (1973-1986)
    • Jerrel Wilson, KC/NE (1963-1978)
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    • Sean Landeta, NYG/LAR/STL/TB/GB/PHI (1985-2005)
    • Dave Jennings, NYG/NYJ (1974-1987)
    • Donnie Jones, SEA/MIA/STL/HOU/PHI/LAC (2004-2018)
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    • Reggie Roby, MIA/WAS/TB/HOU/TEN/SF (1983-1998)
    • Jeff Feagles, NE/PHI/AZ/SEA/NYG (1988-2009)
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    • Chris Gardocki, CHI/IND/CLE/PIT (1991-2006)
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    • Todd Sauerbrun, CHI/KC/CAR/DEN/NE (1995-2007)
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    • Rich Camarillo, NE/LAR/PHO/HOU/OAK (1981-1996)
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    • Tom Tupa, PHO/IND/CLE/NE/NYJ/TB/WAS (1988-2004)
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    • Sam Koch, BAL (2006-present)
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    • Dustin Colquitt, KC/JAX/PIT/ATL/CLE (2005-present)
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    • Thomas Morstead, NO/ATL/NYJ (2009-present)
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    • Brett Kern, DEN/TEN (2008-present)
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    • Matt Turk, WAS/MIA/NYJ/STL/HOU/JAX (1995-2011)
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    • Brian Moorman, BUF/DAL (2001-2013)
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    • OTHER (Specify in thread)
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  3. 3. Who is the # 3 greatest Punter of all-time?

    • Shane Lechler, OAK/HOU (2000-2017)
    • Andy Lee, SF/CLE/CAR/AZ (2004-present)
    • Ray Guy, OAK/RAI (1973-1986)
    • Jerrel Wilson, KC/NE (1963-1978)
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    • Sean Landeta, NYG/LAR/STL/TB/GB/PHI (1985-2005)
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    • Dave Jennings, NYG/NYJ (1974-1987)
    • Donnie Jones, SEA/MIA/STL/HOU/PHI/LAC (2004-2018)
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    • Reggie Roby, MIA/WAS/TB/HOU/TEN/SF (1983-1998)
    • Jeff Feagles, NE/PHI/AZ/SEA/NYG (1988-2009)
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    • Chris Gardocki, CHI/IND/CLE/PIT (1991-2006)
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    • Todd Sauerbrun, CHI/KC/CAR/DEN/NE (1995-2007)
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    • Rich Camarillo, NE/LAR/PHO/HOU/OAK (1981-1996)
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    • Tom Tupa, PHO/IND/CLE/NE/NYJ/TB/WAS (1988-2004)
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    • Sam Koch, BAL (2006-present)
    • Dustin Colquitt, KC/JAX/PIT/ATL/CLE (2005-present)
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    • Thomas Morstead, NO/ATL/NYJ (2009-present)
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    • Brett Kern, DEN/TEN (2008-present)
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    • Matt Turk, WAS/MIA/NYJ/STL/HOU/JAX (1995-2011)
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    • Brian Moorman, BUF/DAL (2001-2013)
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    • OTHER (Specify in thread)
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  4. 4. Who is the # 4 greatest Punter of all-time?

    • Shane Lechler, OAK/HOU (2000-2017)
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    • Andy Lee, SF/CLE/CAR/AZ (2004-present)
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    • Ray Guy, OAK/RAI (1973-1986)
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    • Jerrel Wilson, KC/NE (1963-1978)
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    • Sean Landeta, NYG/LAR/STL/TB/GB/PHI (1985-2005)
    • Dave Jennings, NYG/NYJ (1974-1987)
    • Donnie Jones, SEA/MIA/STL/HOU/PHI/LAC (2004-2018)
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    • Reggie Roby, MIA/WAS/TB/HOU/TEN/SF (1983-1998)
    • Jeff Feagles, NE/PHI/AZ/SEA/NYG (1988-2009)
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    • Chris Gardocki, CHI/IND/CLE/PIT (1991-2006)
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    • Todd Sauerbrun, CHI/KC/CAR/DEN/NE (1995-2007)
    • Rich Camarillo, NE/LAR/PHO/HOU/OAK (1981-1996)
    • Tom Tupa, PHO/IND/CLE/NE/NYJ/TB/WAS (1988-2004)
    • Sam Koch, BAL (2006-present)
    • Dustin Colquitt, KC/JAX/PIT/ATL/CLE (2005-present)
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    • Thomas Morstead, NO/ATL/NYJ (2009-present)
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    • Brett Kern, DEN/TEN (2008-present)
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    • Matt Turk, WAS/MIA/NYJ/STL/HOU/JAX (1995-2011)
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    • Brian Moorman, BUF/DAL (2001-2013)
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    • OTHER (Specify in thread)
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  5. 5. Who is the # 5 greatest Punter of all-time?

    • Shane Lechler, OAK/HOU (2000-2017)
    • Andy Lee, SF/CLE/CAR/AZ (2004-present)
    • Ray Guy, OAK/RAI (1973-1986)
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    • Jerrel Wilson, KC/NE (1963-1978)
    • Sean Landeta, NYG/LAR/STL/TB/GB/PHI (1985-2005)
      0
    • Dave Jennings, NYG/NYJ (1974-1987)
    • Donnie Jones, SEA/MIA/STL/HOU/PHI/LAC (2004-2018)
      0
    • Reggie Roby, MIA/WAS/TB/HOU/TEN/SF (1983-1998)
    • Jeff Feagles, NE/PHI/AZ/SEA/NYG (1988-2009)
    • Chris Gardocki, CHI/IND/CLE/PIT (1991-2006)
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    • Todd Sauerbrun, CHI/KC/CAR/DEN/NE (1995-2007)
      0
    • Rich Camarillo, NE/LAR/PHO/HOU/OAK (1981-1996)
      0
    • Tom Tupa, PHO/IND/CLE/NE/NYJ/TB/WAS (1988-2004)
    • Sam Koch, BAL (2006-present)
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    • Dustin Colquitt, KC/JAX/PIT/ATL/CLE (2005-present)
      0
    • Thomas Morstead, NO/ATL/NYJ (2009-present)
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    • Brett Kern, DEN/TEN (2008-present)
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    • Matt Turk, WAS/MIA/NYJ/STL/HOU/JAX (1995-2011)
    • Brian Moorman, BUF/DAL (2001-2013)
    • OTHER (Specify in thread)
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Leading up to the start of the season, I'll be posting a thread once every day or so devoted to determine the top 5 all-time at each position, as voted on by JN.

I am using football-reference.com's AV (Approximate Value) metric to help compare across eras.  The "Peak AV Average" means the average "score" for each player's among their top 5 performing years in the league, to help establish which players had the high peaks and which players were more of the "compilers" over a long career.  Utilizing a "peak AV" also allows for players with careers shortened by injury to be included.

Also note that AV only goes back so far, so some players from the earliest days in NFL history (primarily the 30s, 40s and early 50s) are, unfortunately, excluded.

 

Earlier in the week, JN voted on Fullbacks:

 

 

 

Today, we vote on Punters!  Because Punters are people, too.  Supposedly.

Below are the candidates and their resumes, ranked in the order weighted by AV/Peak AV:

 

1.  Shane Lechler, OAK/HOU (2000-2017)

  • Career AV:  69
  • Peak AV Average:  5
  • 1st Team All-Pro Selections:  6
  • Pro Bowl Selections:  7
  • Career Long:  80

2.  Andy Lee, SF/CLE/CAR/AZ (2004-present)

  • Career AV:  53
  • Peak AV Average:  4
  • 1st Team All-Pro Selections:  3
  • Pro Bowl Selections:  3
  • Career Long:  82

3.  Ray Guy, OAK/RAI (1973-1986)

  • Career AV:  44
  • Peak AV Average:  4
  • 1st Team All-Pro Selections:  3
  • Pro Bowl Selections:  7
  • Career Long:  77

4.  Jerrel Wilson, KC/NE (1963-1978)

  • Career AV:  48
  • Peak AV Average:  4
  • 1st Team All-Pro Selections:  0
  • Pro Bowl Selections:  3
  • Career Long:  72

5.  Sean Landeta, NYG/LAR/STL/TB/GB/PHI (1985-2005)

  • Career AV:  51
  • Peak AV Average:  3
  • 1st Team All-Pro Selections:  3
  • Pro Bowl Selections:  2
  • Career Long:  74    

6.  Dave Jennings, NYG/NYJ (1974-1987)  

  • Career AV:  38
  • Peak AV Average:  3
  • 1st Team All-Pro Selections:  2
  • Pro Bowl Selections:  4
  • Career Long:  73

7.  Donnie Jones, SEA/MIA/STL/HOU/PHI/LAC (2004-2018) 

  • Career AV:  36
  • Peak AV Average:  4
  • 1st Team All-Pro Selections:  0
  • Pro Bowl Selections:  0
  • Career Long:  80

8.  Reggie Roby, MIA/WAS/TB/HOU/TEN/SF (1983-1998)

  • Career AV:  41
  • Peak AV Average:  3
  • 1st Team All-Pro Selections:  2
  • Pro Bowl Selections:  3
  • Career Long:  77

9.  Jeff Feagles, NE/PHI/AZ/SEA/NYG (1988-2009)

  • Career AV:  40
  • Peak AV Average:  3
  • 1st Team All-Pro Selections:  0
  • Pro Bowl Selections:  2
  • Career Long:  77

10.  Chris Gardocki, CHI/IND/CLE/PIT (1991-2006)

  • Career AV:  40
  • Peak AV Average:  3
  • 1st Team All-Pro Selections:  1
  • Pro Bowl Selections:  1
  • Career Long:  72

11.  Todd Sauerbrun, CHI/KC/CAR/DEN/NE (1995-2007)

  • Career AV:  31
  • Peak AV Average:  4
  • 1st Team All-Pro Selections:  2
  • Pro Bowl Selections:  3
  • Career Long:  73

12.  Rich Camarillo, NE/LAR/PHO/HOU/OAK (1981-1996)

  • Career AV:  38
  • Peak AV Average:  3
  • 1st Team All-Pro Selections:  1
  • Pro Bowl Selections:  5
  • Career Long:  76

13.  Tom Tupa, PHO/IND/CLE/NE/NYJ/TB/WAS (1988-2004)

  • Career AV:  38
  • Peak AV Average:  3
  • 1st Team All-Pro Selections:  1
  • Pro Bowl Selections:  1
  • Career Long:  73

14.  Sam Koch, BAL (2006-present)

  • Career AV:  38
  • Peak AV Average:  3
  • 1st Team All-Pro Selections:  0
  • Pro Bowl Selections:  1
  • Career Long:  74

15.  Dustin Colquitt, KC/JAX/PIT/ATL/CLE (2005-present)

  • Career AV:  36
  • Peak AV Average:  3
  • 1st Team All-Pro Selections:  0
  • Pro Bowl Selections:  2
  • Career Long:  81

16.  Thomas Morstead, NO/ATL/NYJ (2009-present)

  • Career AV:  35
  • Peak AV Average:  3
  • 1st Team All-Pro Selections:  0
  • Pro Bowl Selections:  1
  • Career Long:  70

17.  Brett Kern, DEN/TEN (2008-present)

  • Career AV:  34
  • Peak AV Average:  3
  • 1st Team All-Pro Selections:  1
  • Pro Bowl Selections:  3
  • Career Long:  79

18.  Matt Turk, WAS/MIA/NYJ/STL/HOU/JAX (1995-2011)

  • Career AV:  32
  • Peak AV Average:  3
  • 1st Team All-Pro Selections:  1
  • Pro Bowl Selections:  3
  • Career Long:  77

19.  Brian Moorman, BUF/DAL (2001-2013)

  • Career AV:  30
  • Peak AV Average:  3  
  • 1st Team All-Pro Selections:  2
  • Pro Bowl Selections:  2
  • Career Long:  92

 

Just missed the cut:  Kevin Huber, Johnny Hekker, Tom Rouen, Brad Maynard

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After a 1977 game against the Houston Oilers, Oilers coach Bum Phillips accused Guy of using footballs illegally inflated with helium because he had "never seen anyone hang punts like Guy did", and that the ball was "hanging up there too long".

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