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 were 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.
Should Lester Hayes be in the Hall of Fame?
Definitely put him in! - 90.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 4.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.2%