Who is Bob Hayes?

Updated: 12/19/2022
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He was a Hall of Fame wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys (1965-74) and the San Francisco 49ers (1975). He also was a two-time Olympic gold medalist once considered to be "the world's fastest man."

After his successes in Track and Field events at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Hayes was drafted as a wide receiver by the Cowboys. He made his NFL debut in 1965 and immediately revolutionized the game, stretching and confounding opposing defenses because of his blazing speed. During his 11 seasons with the Cowboys and the 49ers, he caught 371 passes for 7,414 yards and 71 touchdowns. He also averaged 20 yards per catch.

Hayes, who died of cancer and other ailments in 2002, was elected posthumously to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in January 2009 and inducted in August of that year. He remains the only person ever to own an Olympic gold medal and a Super Bowl ring.

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