Andy Lee relishes big day for punters

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- While he spends his day off from training camp Saturday with his family, Andy Lee knows what his DVR plans will be -- recording punter history.

Lee plans watch to as Ray Guy becomes the first true punter to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“It’s a breakthrough day for punters,” said Lee, the San Francisco 49ers' standout punter now in his 11th season. “It means a lot.”

Guy’s enshrinement is special for Lee not only professionally, but personally. Guy helped mentor Lee early in his punting career. Lee counts Guy as a friend, and the two occasionally exchange texts.

Lee hopes Guy's enshrinements helps pave the way for other pointers. Two retired punters who Lee thinks might deserve to join Guy in Canton are Jeff Feagles and Sean Landeta. Lee was not surprised to read Friday that a group of about 20 retired NFL punters are in Canton, Ohio, to celebrate with Guy.

“If I was retired, I’d probably be there, too,” Lee said. “Why not? It’s a big day.”