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Athletics sprinter and American Football wide receiver
Bob Hayes is ...
|Born||20 December 1942 in Jacksonville|
|Died||18 September 2002 in Jacksonville|
|Age||59 years, 9 months|
|Sex or gender||male|
|Country of citizenship||United States of America|
|Manner of death||natural causes|
|Occupation||sprinter and American football player|
|Awards||Pro Football Hall of Fame|
|Sport||American football and athletics|
|Member of sports team||Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers|
About Bob Hayes
Bob Hayes was a true American sports icon, known for his blazing speed and electrifying performances on both the track and the football field. Born on December 20, 1942, in Jacksonville, Florida, Hayes grew up in poverty and struggled with a stuttering problem. However, he found solace in sports, particularly track and field, where he discovered his natural talent for sprinting.
Hayes burst onto the international scene at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, where he won two gold medals and set world records in both the 100-meter dash and the 4x100-meter relay. His performance was so dominant that he earned the nickname "Bullet Bob" and became the first person to win an Olympic gold medal and a Super Bowl ring.
After the Olympics, Hayes turned his attention to football and was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1965. He quickly established himself as one of the most explosive wide receivers in the game, using his speed to outrun defenders and make big plays. In 1972, he helped lead the Cowboys to a Super Bowl victory and was named the game's Most Valuable Player.
Off the field, Hayes struggled with personal demons, including drug addiction and legal troubles. However, he eventually turned his life around and became an advocate for drug rehabilitation and education.
Hayes passed away in 2002 at the age of 59, but his legacy lives on as one of the greatest athletes of all time. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009 and remains an inspiration to athletes around the world.
- "Bob Hayes: The Fastest Man in Football." NFL Films Presents, 2002.
- "Bob Hayes." Pro Football Hall of Fame. https://www.profootballhof.com/players/bob-hayes/
- "Bob Hayes, Olympic Sprint Champion and Dallas Cowboys Receiver, Dies at 59." The New York Times, September 19, 2002. https://www.nytimes.com/2002/09/19/sports/bob-hayes-olympic-sprint-champion-and-dallas-cowboys-receiver-dies-at-59.html
On September 18, 2002, Hayes died in his hometown Jacksonville of kidney failure, after battling prostate cancer and liver ailments.
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