Dalton native Jim Arnold is in the running to be voted as the best punter in the history of the NFL's Detroit Lions.
In commemoration of the league's 100th anniversary season, the Lions are letting fans vote for the organization's all-time team. Candidates include hall of famers such as quarterback Bobby Layne, cornerback Dick "Night Train" Lane and running back Barry Sanders. Current Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who played at Georgia, is also on the ballot.
As of Wednesday, Arnold had 23% of the vote and trailed Yale Lary at 74%. Lary was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979 as a defensive back and punter. He played for the Lions in the 1950s and early 1960s. Arnold, a 1979 graduate of Dalton High School, is a member of the Lions' 75th anniversary team.
Arnold played 12 seasons in the NFL, earning Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors in 1987-1988 with the Lions. He set a Lions record with 97 punts in 1988, one season after having a franchise-best net average of 39.6 yards. His 536 punts still top the team's career list. He averaged 42.7 yards and never had a punt blocked while with the Lions. The fifth-round pick out of Vanderbilt in 1983 also played for Kansas City and Miami.
To vote, click here. Voting ends Sept. 15.