SANTA CLARA -- Once mentored by Ray Guy, Andy Lee called it a "big breakthrough" for his fellow punters that Guy is being enshrined Saturday into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
"I went to his camp in college and I've taught at his camps," said Lee, an 11th year veteran out of Pittsburgh. "I love him as a person and for helping me out. He's a great guy and a great punter and deserves to be in there."
Rather than recall specific traits Guy taught him, Lee said Guy was a great teacher because he didn't force all punter to use the same technique. "He takes what you do and makes you better," Lee said.
Lee is the best punter in 49ers history and one of the league's all-time greats. He owns the second-highest net average (39.5 yards per punt) and fourth-highest gross average (46.1).
Guy carried a 42.4 gross average during his Raiders tenure from 1973-86. His 44,493 yards rank 16th-most among punters, and Lee trails him by 4,394 yards (his season high is 4,968 yards, in 2007).
Whereas Guy spent 14 years in the league, Lee hopes to top that, as he's signed through the 2018 season.
"Ray was a once in a lifetime guy," said John Madden, Guy's presenter Saturday. "He was an all-American. He played in the college all-star game. It wasn't like he was a guy from Southern Mississippi that no one knew about. He was something special from the day he walked in."
Madden is glad for what Guy's selection means to the Hall's overall makeup.
"They were the last position to be a full-time position," Madden said. "Now that that's broken through (at the Hall of Fame), there's not a position that's not represented."
The 49ers' move into Levi's Stadium has Lee curious, especially regarding wind patterns that he's been familiar with the past 10 years next door on the practice fields.
Lee and kicker Phil Dawson have spent time this camp kicking inside Levi's Stadium, and Lee reports that the wind can be "a little swirly and I'm not sure what to do with it."
"Talked to Phil about it and he's encouraged, feels it's going to be a great place to kick," coach Jim Harbaugh said. "It's part of the process, we've got to get used to the new stadium, the wind, the grass, everything, to mark our territory as soon as we possibly can.
"They're talking, looking and tryng to get keys where the flags blow, get a reference point and find out what it's doing on the field. Is it the same as the flag? Is it opposite? Sometimes it swirls."