At a recent banquet, Mark Moseley's daughter passed along a message from her father to ex-NFL punter Ray Guy. It was a simple one.
"I'm pulling for you," Moseley had his daughter, Ellen Moseley-May, tell Guy at the American Kicking Hall of Fame banquet in Georgia.
That's because Moseley knows if Guy indeed gets inducted into the NFL's Hall of Fame, then there's a chance for more special teamers. Jan Stenerud is the only full-time placekicker in the Hall of Fame. George Blanda and Lou Groza are both in there, but they also played other positions.
"Maybe it opens doors for guys like myself to get in there," Moseley said. "They're so against kickers and punters getting in. It's crazy."
Guy will find out Saturday night whether he makes the Hall of Fame. Moseley would remain a longshot even if Guy does get voted in, but he also has one thing no other kicker can claim: league MVP honors in 1982. The shoe he wore that season is in the Hall of Fame.
Moseley used to think a lot about this topic. Not anymore, he says. Not after he lost the two people he wanted it for the most: His father and his high school coach. Both died in recent years. If he ever made it to Canton, Moseley had wanted his high school coach to introduce him at the ceremony
"Those were the two guys I wanted to get in for," Moseley said. "It would be nice for my family, but I don't think about it that much because I doubt it will happen in my lifetime. I talked to a lot of guys in the Hall, like Sam Huff and Sonny [Jurgensen]. I talked to Darrell Green and Art [Monk] and they all say they want to help me get in, but when push comes to shove my name stopped coming up a long time ago."
Moseley did get inducted recently into the American Kicking Hall of Fame, which began in 2008. He would have to make it into the NFL Hall of Fame as a senior nominee. But thus far, he hasn't made the cut. Moseley made 65 percent of his field goals (Stenerud made 66.8 percent) and finished with 1,382 points (Stenerud had 1,699).
Moseley says there's a bias against these positions.
"They don't consider them athletes or football players," Moseley said. "But back in our day we were players. We played other positions. I didn't have to, but we were right in a transition time when kickers were being brought in just to kick. I got to play and cover kicks and do stuff in practice that these guys wouldn't know what to do now. I played the opposing team's quarterback for the scout team in practice. I had a lot of fun.
"Kickers today, most of them have never played a position other than kicking the ball. But that doesn't mean they're not good athletes. To say that is just not fair."