Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

BOB HAYES 1942-2002 Hall-Worthy Ex-Cowboys Say Hayes Merits Induction

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

BOB HAYES 1942-2002 Hall-Worthy Ex-Cowboys Say Hayes Merits Induction

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Byline: Jeff Elliott, Times-Union sports writer

He was their teammate, a friend, family.

Now they want to do what they can to correct what they consider an injustice.

Several of Bob Hayes' Dallas Cowboys teammates paid their respects yesterday to the man known as "Bullet Bob" for his blazing speed. All of them want to see Hayes -- the only man to have won a Super Bowl ring and an Olympic gold medal -- inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

They said such recognition is long overdue for the only athlete to win an Olympic gold medal and Super Bowl ring.

"I definitely feel there's no question that Bob Hayes deserves to be in the Hall of Fame," said Hall of Famer Roger Staubach.

As Cowboys quarterback from 1969-79, Staubach threw many of the 371 catches Hayes made for 7,414 yards and 71 touchdowns.

"I wish I could vote on that, but there's no reason in the world that he shouldn't be in the Hall of Fame," Staubach said. "He was a great man. He fought a tough fight, was a great athlete and had a great heart. He'll be missed by a lot of people."

There are 16 receivers in the Hall of Fame and Hayes' 11-year statistics are comparable to many. His 20.0 yards-per-catch average is topped by only one Hall of Famer -- Paul Warfield, who averaged 20.1 yards on his 427 receptions.

Hayes' 71 touchdown receptions are more than nine of the 16 receivers in the Hall, while his yardage total tops four of the receivers.

But Hayes served 10 months in prison following a 1979 guilty plea to delivering narcotics to an undercover police officer. He later wrote that the prison term "destroyed my life" in his autobiography, Run, Bullet, Run: The Rise, Fall, and Recovery of Bob Hayes. Many have attributed the prison term as the primary reason Hayes has not been included in the Hall of Fame, since he became eligible for election by the Hall's board of selectors in 1981.

His eligibility expired in 1996, which means the former Gilbert High and Florida A&M standout has only one chance for enshrinement -- selection by the senior committee.

Former Kansas City Chiefs coach Hank Stram is the senior committee's nominee for the Class of 2003. …

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