Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hayes Again a Finalist; the Ex-Cowboys Star Joins 14 Others for Possible Hall Induction

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hayes Again a Finalist; the Ex-Cowboys Star Joins 14 Others for Possible Hall Induction

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CANTON, Ohio - Jacksonville native and former Dallas Cowboys star Bob Hayes, who went to the Tokyo Olympics and then to the NFL, is among the 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In his 11-year career (10 with Dallas and one with San Francisco), Hayes had 371 receptions for 7,414 yards and 71 touchdowns and averaged 20 yards a catch. Hayes was also a Hall finalist in 2004.

Bruce Smith, Rod Woodson, Shannon Sharpe and John Randle are the only first-year eligible players to make the final round this year.

Joining Hayes, who died in 2002, will be two contributors: former commissioner Paul Tagliabue and Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson, as well as a nominee selected last August by the Senior Committee with Hayes: former Atlanta defensive end Claude Humphrey.

Between four and seven candidates will be elected in the balloting that will take place in Tampa on Jan. 31, the day before the Super Bowl.

Of the other finalists, only former Pittsburgh center Dermontti Dawson and former Seattle defensive lineman Cortez Kennedy have not been finalists before. …

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