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16. Bob Hayes

Spending the first decade of his career with the Dallas Cowboys (1965-74), Bob Hayes had a spectacular beginning, where he went to the Pro Bowl in his first three seasons and was a First Team All-Pro in his second and fourth year.  The Split End led the NFL in Touchdown Receptions in his rookie and sophomore year, and in both of those seasons, he went over the 1,000 Yard mark.

Hayes never hit that mark again, but he would have at least 700 Receiving Yards in the next five seasons, and in 1970 and 1971, he led the NFL in Yards per Reception.  Hayes also helped Dallas win Super Bowl VI.

He left Dallas when he was traded to the San Francisco 49ers in 1975, and he played only four games before being released, and he would subsequently retire.  With the Cowboys, he had 365 Receptions, 7,295 Receiving Yards with 71 Touchdowns.

Hayes was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009, which was eight years after he entered the Cowboys Ring of Honor.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Punt Returner, Split End, Wide Receiver
  • Acquired: Selected in the 7th Round, 88th Overall of the Amateur Draft 7/17/68.
  • Departed: Traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a 1976 3rd Round Pick (which would be Duke Ferguson) 7/17/75.
  • Games Played: 128
  • Notable Statistics:

    104 Games Started

    365 Receptions

    7,295 Receiving Yards

    71 Receiving Touchdowns

    22 Rushing Attempts

    70 Rushing Yards

    2 Rushing Touchdowns

    104 Punt Returns

    1,158 Punt Return Yards

    3 Punt Return Touchdowns

    23 Kick Returns

    581 Kick Return Yards

    95 Approximate Value
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Champion (VI)

    First Team All-Pro (1966 & 1968)

    Second Team All-Pro (1967)

    Pro Bowl Selection (1965, 1966 & 1967)

    Most Receiving Touchdowns (1965 & 1966)

    Most Yards per Reception (1970 & 1971)

    Most Punt Return Yards (1967)
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