33 Facts About Bob Hayes


Bob Hayes was enshrined in the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor in 2001 and was selected for induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in January 2009.


Bob Hayes is the second Olympic gold medalist to be inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, after Jim Thorpe.


Bob Hayes once held the world record for the 70-yard dash.


Bob Hayes is tied for the world's second-fastest time in the 60-yard dash.


Bob Hayes was once considered the "world's fastest human" by virtue of his multiple world records in the 60-yard, 100-yard, 220-yard, and Olympic 100-meter dashes.


Bob Hayes was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame.


Bob Hayes attended Matthew Gilbert High School in Jacksonville, where he was a backup halfback on the football team.

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Bob Hayes never lost a race in the 100-yard or 100-meter competitions, but mainstream schools of the area still did not invite him to their sanctioned meets.


Bob Hayes was the first person to break six seconds in the 60-yard dash with his indoor world record of 5.9 seconds.


That same year, Bob Hayes set the world best for 200 meters and ran the 220-yard dash in a time of 20.6 seconds.


Bob Hayes was selected to represent the United States in the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.


Bob Hayes missed part of his senior year because of his Olympic bid for the gold medal.


At the 1964 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo, Bob Hayes had his finest hour as a sprinter.


Bob Hayes was running in borrowed spikes because one of his shoes had been kicked under the bed when he was playing with some friends and he didn't realize until he got there.


Bob Hayes was selected by the Denver Broncos in the 14th round of the 1964 AFL Draft, with a future selection.


Bob Hayes has been credited by many with forcing the NFL to develop a zone defense and the bump and run to attempt to contain him.


In 1966 Bob Hayes caught six passes for 195 yards against the New York Giants at the Cotton Bowl.


Later, in the Dallas Cowboys-Washington Redskins match-up, Bob Hayes caught nine passes for 246 yards.


Bob Hayes' speed forced other teams to go to a zone since no single player could keep up with him.


Bob Hayes caught 5 passes for 145 yards in that game, including an 86-yard touchdown catch.


Bob Hayes is infamous for two events, both involving the NFL championship games in 1966 and 1967, both against the Packers.


Bob Hayes wore No 22 with the Cowboys, which would later be worn by running back Emmitt Smith.


In 1975 with the San Francisco 49ers, Bob Hayes teamed up with Gene Washington in the starting lineup.


Bob Hayes was named to the Pro Bowl three times and First-team All-Pro twice and Second-team All-Pro twice.


Bob Hayes helped Dallas win five Eastern Conference titles, two NFC titles, played in two Super Bowls, and was instrumental in Dallas' first-ever Super Bowl victory after the 1971 season, making Hayes the only person to win both an Olympic gold medal and a Super Bowl ring.

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Later in his career, as defenses improved playing zone and the bump and run was refined, Bob Hayes' value was as a decoy rather than a deep threat.


Bob Hayes was the second player in the history of the Dallas Cowboys franchise to surpass 1,000 yards in a single season, and he did that in his rookie year by finishing with 1,003 yards.


Bob Hayes's 7,295 receiving yards are the sixth-most in Dallas Cowboys history.


On September 18,2002, Bob Hayes died in his hometown Jacksonville of kidney failure, after battling prostate cancer and liver ailments.


Bob Hayes was close to being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004, but was denied the opportunity in the final round of decision making.


The next day Lucille Hester, who claimed to be Bob Hayes's sister, released a letter she said he had drafted three years before he died, on October 29,1999, in case he did not live to see his induction.


Some family members disputed Lucille Hester's claim to be related to Bob Hayes, and took steps to ensure she was not part of the Hall of Fame ceremony.


Bob Hayes was later inducted into the Texas Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame, Class of 2017.