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31. Lester Hayes

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Lester Hayes
Many Hall of Fame candidates watch their push for the Hall build and build.  This doesn’t seem to be the case for Lester Hayes who was a finalist in his first four years of eligibility, but has only been a semi finalist the last six years.

Lester Hayes is best known for two things.  The first was in 1980 where he had 13 picks and won the Defensive Player of the Year award. The year after the “Lester Hayes” rules was put into effect banning players from the use of “stickum”, an adhesive that Hayes was using to get a better grip on the ball.

Hayes’ 1980 campaign was so good that it overshadowed many of the good seasons he had after.  Had he had another monster year, perhaps he would not be seeing his chances diminish as appears to be happening now.

The Bullet Points:

Country of Origin:
Houston, Texas, U.S.A.

Eligible Since:

Left Cornerback

Played for:
Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders

Texas A&M

5th Round, 126th Overall in 1977

Major Accolades and Awards:
NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1) (1980)
Pro Bowl Selections (5) (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 & 1984)
First Team All Pro Selection (1) (1980)
Second Team All Pro Selection (5) (1979, 1981, 1982, 1983 & 1984)
NFL 1980’s All Decade Team
Most Interceptions (1) (1980)
Most Yards Returned from Interceptions (1) (1980)
Super Bowl Ring (2) (Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, Super Bowl XV & XVII)

Other Points of Note:
Top Ten Finishes: Interceptions (2) (1979 & 1980)

Notable All Time Rankings:
81.    Interceptions: 39
100.  Yards Returned From Interceptions: 572

Years Nominated for the Hall of Fame:
Finalist: 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2004
Semi Finalist: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010

Should Lester Hayes be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put him in! - 25%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 50%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 16.7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 8.3%
Last modified on Monday, 16 March 2015 10:31


-6 #1 Robert 2012-07-14 12:20
Another borderline case to me. He had that great season, but only 1 other one in which he had more than 4 int. And it couldn't be that teams always threw away from him, because Mike Haynes played the opposite side. I always saw him as a really good player, but not a great one.
+5 #2 Steve Dion 2014-08-05 18:49
How many Defensive Players of the Year are not in the Hall. It's a joke he is not in he dominated his position when he played. PUT HIM IN!!!!!

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