A Special Day For Bob Hayes

The wait is finally over. Tonight the Pro Football Hall of Fame will open it’s doors to a man who should have been voted in back in the early 1980’s. A man who changed the way his position was played and the way defenses in the NFL played. “Bullet” Bob Hayes will finally be inducted into the Hall of Fame where he belongs. It’s just a shame he won’t be there to enjoy his special day.

Bob Hayes was known as the “Worlds Fastest Human”. He owns an Olympic Gold Medal, a Super Bowl ring, he is part of the Cowboys Ring of Honor and now the Hall of Fame. He won his gold medal during the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo for the 100 meter in 10.0 seconds. He also helped the track team win another gold medal for the 4×100 meter relay.

He became a member of the Dallas Cowboys in 1965 after being drafted by Dallas in the 7th round of the 1964 draft and quickly took the NFL by storm with his Olympic speed. Defenses around the league started playing zone because man-to-man was just not working for them. Hayes played 10 seasons with the Cowboys and helped them win their first world championship in 1971 when they won Super Bowl VI against the Miami Dolphins.He was also voted to the Pro Bowl three times from 1965-67 and was a two-time fist team All-Pro in 1966 and 1968.

Hayes finished his NFL career in 1975 as a member of the San Francisco 49ers, but he will always be remembered as a Dallas Cowboy. In his career he finished with 371 receptions, 7.414 yards and 71 TDs for a 20.0 per reception average. His 71 TDs is still a Dallas record. He also had an 11.1 yard punt return average along with 3 TDs. Add to all of stats that Hayes still holds the Dallas record for longest TD reception of 95 yards in 1966 against the Washington Redskins.

Bob Hayes passed away in 2002 after a battle with prostate cancer. His passing was about a month after he was inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor. His induction into the Pro Football Ring of Honor will be the Cowboys 11th as he joins…

Roger Staubach, Tony Dorsett, Bob Lilly, Randy White, Mel Renfro, Rayfield Wright, Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Tom Landry and Tex Schramm.

“This is a deserving honor for one of the Cowboys’ most and truly gifted stars,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement. “We all know he changed the game on the field, but he also brought a unique star quality to the NFL that helped make professional football the most popular sport in the world. He was a world champion in two different sports, and he had a world class heart. I couldn’t be happier for Bob, he was always one of my personal favorites.

“This is a great day for Bob Hayes’ legacy, his family and the Dallas Cowboys.”

“It’s a guy that I spent many days with in an apartment when I first got to Dallas, getting to know him and talking to him about the game and talking to him about him,” Irvin said. “Talking to him about bouncing back from difficult times before I knew I’d go through some of the difficult things that I’ve gone through. He helped me in those matters even before I went through it. Just to be here today and be able to celebrate with his family and everybody here is huge for me.”

You can get guys that have numbers and say he deserves it,” Irvin said. “You can get guys that have rings and say that he deserves it. You can even have guys with a number of rings and see if he’s a Hall of Famer or not. But when you have guys you had to change the game for, all these other rods or measuring things in catches, touchdowns, wins, Super Bowls and Pro Bowls are good.

“Understand this — when you get those very few guys that they had to go into a room and come up with an idea of how to do something about this person, that’s a Hall of Famer. That’s got to be a Hall of Famer.”

Congratulations Bob Hayes for everything that you meant to the Dallas Cowboys. This honor has been a long time coming and even though you are not around to enjoy your day I’m sure your family will. The Hall of Fame has been very busy inducting former Cowboys recently. With Troy Aikman getting the honor in 2006 and Michael Irvin in 2008, Bob Hayes in 2009 and in 2010 another former player some of you might remember who wore the same 22 as Hayes did. Emmitt Smith has a slight chance of being voted in this coming February. I’m kidding of course. But today is all about the original number 22.

Enjoy the ceremonies everyone.

Click the link for some photo’s of Bob Hayes from

Click the link for a short tribute of Bob Hayes.

Roger Staubach will present Bob Hayes at HOF Ceremony

It was announced on the Pro Football Hall of Fame web site that Roger Staubach will present Bob Hayes at the Ceremony on August 8, 2009. Janice Hayes Mohl who is the ex-wife of Bob Hayes has said that there will not be any acceptance speech. There will be a video tribute instead and I for one can not wait for that. It’s been too long of a wait for Bob Hayes to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. It’s just too bad that “Bullet” Bob Hayes is not around to enjoy what he deserves. Bob Hayes Jr. will join Staubach on stage for the unveiling of Hayes’ Hall of Fame bust.

Bob Hayes will become the 11th member of the Dallas Cowboys to make the Hall of Fame joining…Bob Lilly, Roger Staubach, Tom Landry, Tex Schramm, Tony Dorsett, Randy White, Mel Renfro, Troy Aikman, Rayfield Wright and Michael Irvin. Emmitt Smith will be eligible for the first time in 2010.

Other presenters for this years Hall of Fame class…

Randall McDaniel selected O.K. Fulton who was his high school athletic director and assistant principal.

Bruce Smith selected his former defensive coordinator with the Buffalo Bills Ted Cottrel.

The family of Derrick Thomas has asked Carl Peterson the former President of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Ralph Wilson has selected ESPN personality Chris Berman.

Rod Woodson selected his good friend and business associate Tracy Foster.

Cowboys Extra Points: Bradie, Bullet Bob and Country Music

extrapts2Cowboys Stadium will host it’s first event this Saturday. George Strait and Reba McEntire will be in concert at the billion dollar home of the Dallas Cowboys. If you are a Cowboys fan and a country music fan this is the perfect opportunity to visit the new stadium. Tickets are still available, click here for prices. lists the “Top 10 players not in the Hall of Fame” and has former Cowboys wide receiver “Bullet” Bob Hayes ranked at number 5. Someone should tell them he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year and will be inducted on August 8.

Another list on recognized Bradie James in a feature story naming great linebackers.

Bradie James, Dallas — James follows the format of how to ideally play the strong side, inside linebacker position in a 3-4. James is frequently responsible for taking on the lead block and he is a violent knee buckler, whether it’s a guard, fullback or trapping tight end. Besides playing his role responsibly, James also has been Dallas’s top tackler for the past three seasons. He had a career-best 116 tackles last season and he added eight sacks, a very high total for an inside backer.



Around the League

Eagles running back Brian Westbrook is scheduled to have surgery on his ankle tomorrow. The procedure is aimed to clean up bone spurs and there is no time table for his expected return.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger limped off the practice field yesterday morning after tweaking his knee. The team declined to comment but indications are its not serious.

While quarterback Kerry Collins holds the reins in Tennessee, Vince Young is looking to take over and return to the field. Young says he wants out of Tennessee if he’s not the starter. Titans coach Jeff Fisher says Young will have to earn the starting role but as of now Collins is the starter.

Although I’m not looking to earn any bad karma, I would just like to say those are three things we should be happy we do not have in Dallas right now – star running back injury, quarterback injury and quarterback controversy.

So Long and Farewell Texas Stadium

This place has come a long way!!!

From Big Tex to Bob Lilly. From great leaders like Tom Landry, Roger Staubach, Tony Dorsett, “Bullet” Bob Hayes, and the Triplett’s… Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Micheal Irvin. Texas Stadium will always be remembered as not only the stadium with the hole in the roof, but she is a star among stars.

Showcasing some of the most memorable moments in NFL history. From Tony Dorsett’s record breaking 99 yard touchdown run against the Minnesota Vikings to Emmitt Smith’s rush into history becoming the NFL’s all-time leading rusher. It is also home to 3 NFC championship game victories, and some of the world’s greatest fans, including the late Wilford “Crazy Ray” Jones, the greatest fan ever!

It is home to not only the NFL’s elite, but the world’s most beautiful and entertaining Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders! She even appeared in the intro on the 80’s drama “Dallas”.

And who can forget the memorable performances for the Salvation Army campaign on Thanksgiving day, and the electric performances and appearances by such stars like Michael Jackson, Madonna, the Eagles, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and the Jonas Brothers. Not to mention today’s stars like Tony Romo, Terrell Owens, and Marion Barber. It is also the place where the legendary quarterback Brett Favre never won a game.

There is only one thing left to say about Texas Stadium. “It is home” and will always be home. It’s the signature to stars and a place where lives were changed and legends were made. She will always be missed hosting games to the world’s greatest football team ever – The Dallas Cowboys!

So long and farewell Texas Stadium.


Written by Cowboys fan Terry Monroe

Legends of the Star – “Bullet” Bob Hayes


It is with great pleasure that I introduce “Bullet” Bob Hayes as this weeks Legend of the Star. For those of you who didn’t know, Bob Hayes was already a star long before he was drafted by the Cowboys in the 1964 NFL Draft.
At the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Bob Hayes won the gold medal in the 100 meters, tying the then-world record of 10.05 seconds, and he anchored the United States 400-meter relay team to victory in a world-record 39.06. Hayes’ relay split was a sensational 8.6 and it was that year that he earned the title “World’s Fastest Human.”
In 1964, the Cowboys drafted him in the seventh round, taking a chance on a sprinter with blazing speed but hardly any football skills. It was a decision the Cowboys would never regret. In his rookie season with the Cowboys, Hayes had 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns while leading the NFL with an average of 21.8 yards a catch. His world class speed forced defenses to change the way the game was played from that point forward.
When Dallas won the 1972 Super Bowl, Hayes became the only athlete to win an Olympic gold medal and a Super Bowl ring, and more than 30 years later, he’s still the only player with both.
Hayes was the first player in the history of the Dallas franchise to surpass 1000 yards receiving in a single season. To this day, Hayes holds 10 regular-season receiving records, four punt return records and 22 overall franchise marks, making him one of the greatest receivers to ever play for the Dallas Cowboys.
He finished an 11-year NFL career with 71 touchdown catches, a 20-yard average per catch and three trips to the Pro Bowl. His statistics were comparable or better than many of the great receivers of his day, and I am certain that he will one day be selected to the Football Hall Of Fame.
Tex Schramm, the former Cowboys president and general manager, is among those who has rallied for Hayes’ consideration for the Hall of Fame.
“Bullet” Bob was known for popularizing the famous line “Once a Dallas Cowboy, always a Dallas Cowboy.”
On September 18, 2002, Bob Hayes died of kidney failure after several battles with liver ailments and prostate cancer. He never got to see himself enshrined in the Hall of Fame, but Jerry Jones made sure that he was honored by inducting him into the Ring of Honor in September of 2001. He was the 11th such Cowboy to receive the honor.
Legends of the Star is an exclusive weekly feature found only on StarStruck. Each week we will profile one of the many interesting personalities that have played for the Dallas Cowboys. 

Legends of the Star – Don Meredith

Although he never led the Dallas Cowboys to an NFL Championship or a Super Bowl, "Dandy" Don Meredith was one of the most popular players in team history. After an amazing college career as a quarterback for Southern Methodist University, he gained national recognition and was selected as an All-American in 1958 and 1959. In 1960 he was drafted with the 3rd overall pick by the Chicago Bears and immediately traded to the NFL’s newest franchise, the Dallas Cowboys.

After languishing on the bench for his first 5 years on the team, he was named starting quarterback in 1965 by Tom Landry and never looked back. He made an immediate impact with his gritty style of play and his mental and physical toughness. He set many Cowboys records which still stand today, including the longest pass in franchise history, a 95 yard strike to Bob Hayes in 1966. He also threw a record 5 touchdowns passes in a single game, a team record that was recently matched by Tony Romo last season. After leading the Cowboys to their first winning seasons as a franchise, he shocked the sports world by announcing his sudden retirement shortly before the 1969 season. During his short career as starter he was selected to the Pro Bowl twice and was named NFL Player of the Year in 1966. He threw for an impressive 17,199 yards and 135 touchdowns in his career, and in 1976, Don Meredith was inducted into the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor.

After leaving the game he went on to become an actor, but gamed national fame once again as the color commentator of "Monday Night Football" from 1970 until 1984. Some of you may also remember Don as the spokesperson for Lipton tea in 1970’s and 1980’s.


Legends of the Star is an exclusive weekly feature found only on StarStruck. Each week we will profile one of the many interesting personalities that have played for the Dallas Cowboys. 

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