Hayes was a seniors finalists and the last time he made it as a finalist was in 2004 in Houston.
“We played together in the college all-star game,” former Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach said in a telephone interview. “We were all good athletes, and we were all fast people, and then there was Bob Hayes. But he was not just fast; he was a football player. No one could guard him.”Hayes, the "world's fastest man" and Olympic gold medalist, was difficult (if not impossible) to cover man-to-man.
“I wish he was there,” Staubach said. “We have great faith, so we still believe he knows what’s going on.”
In a statement, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said, "This is a deserving honor for one of the Cowboys' most and truly gifted stars. 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."Hayes, who averaged 20 yards/reception for his career, had 371 catches for 7414 yards and 71 TDs (which is a Cowboys record).
The other 5 inductees are Bruce Smith and Rod Woodson (both in on their first ballot) and Derrick Thomas, Ralph Wilson and Randall McDaniel.