Son to Present for Bullet Bob; Hayes' Family Decides That Bob Jr. Will Speak at the Hall of Fame

By Frenette, Gene | The Florida Times Union, February 10, 2009 | Go to article overview

Son to Present for Bullet Bob; Hayes' Family Decides That Bob Jr. Will Speak at the Hall of Fame


Frenette, Gene, The Florida Times Union


Byline: GENE FRENETTE

After some discord within Bob Hayes' family over the handling of his Pro Football Hall of Fame selection during Super Bowl weekend, there's apparently no debate about who will present the Jacksonville legend for induction at the official ceremony Aug. 8 in Canton, Ohio.

Hayes' only son among five children, Dallas resident Bob Hayes Jr., has been chosen to be his father's presenter after a discussion among family members before the Pro Bowl in Hawaii this past weekend. Bob Sr., who played 10 of his 11 NFL seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, died in 2002 from prostate cancer, along with liver and kidney complications.

"That's his only son, so who else would be more fitting to receive his dad's honor?" said Hayes' daughter, Westine Lodge, a Jacksonville resident. "The family is quite pleased with Bob Jr. doing it. He will be unveiling the [Hall of Fame] bust and making the acceptance speech."

The issue over how the ceremony in Canton would unfold became clouded last week after several members of Hayes' family, including Lodge and Bob Jr. …

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