Mike Haynes (cornerback)

Michael James Haynes (born July 1, 1953) is a former American football player in the National Football League who played as a cornerback for the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Raiders. He used his speed, quickness and range to become both a premier defensive back and an outstanding punt return specialist. Haynes was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

Mike Haynes
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Personal information
Born:July 1, 1953 (age 65)
Denison, Texas
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:192 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school:John Marshall
(Los Angeles, California)
College:Arizona State
NFL Draft:1976 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Int yards:688
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years

Haynes went to T.S. King Middle School, as stated by him in the 2012 recognition for his Hall of Fame (NFL) awards. Haynes played cornerback at John Marshall High School in Los Angeles. The team on which he played chose two all star players to represent Marshall, which would eventually lead to his further career. In addition to football, Haynes also participated in track and field and currently holds the long jump record at John Marshall. During his Senior Year (1971) Haynes started both ways on offense (QB) and defense (Cornerback). However, Marshall went 0-7-1 in the Northern League in 1971 and tied Belmont 20-20 in his final game. In a show of his athletic accomplishments, John Marshall High School named the school football stadium in his honor when he was inducted into the school football hall of fame in 1986.

In his final regular season track meet, Haynes had to run the final leg of the Mile Relay, then rest before completing his final long jump effort. The opposing team (archrival Belmont), believing they had won the league championship, loaded their bus and went home. Haynes rested, then leaped 23'5", a school record that still stands, winning the event, the meet and the league championship with it.

College career

At Arizona State, Haynes was a three-time All-Western Athletic Conference selection, and a two-time All-America selection. In 2001, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Professional football career

New England Patriots

Haynes was selected in the first round in the 1976 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He enjoyed a sensational rookie year with the Patriots with eight interceptions and an AFC-leading 608 yards on 45 punt returns. That year, Haynes gave the Patriots their first-ever touchdowns on punt returns with 89-yard and 62-yard returns. He earned a Pro Bowl invitation as a rookie, the first of nine Pro Bowl bids. He also won NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. The 1976 Patriots had an 11-3 record and clinched a playoff berth for the first time in 13 years. In the first round the Patriots lost to Oakland Raiders 24-21. In 1978 Haynes had 6 interceptions and returned one of them for a touchdown against the Baltimore Colts. The Patriots won their division but lost to the Houston Oilers in the playoffs. Haynes played 4 more seasons with New England with 9 picks and a single touchdown in 1980 against the rival New York Jets.

Haynes recorded 28 interceptions and 1,159 yards on 111 returns, a 10.4-yard average during his seven years with the Patriots. He started his career with 58 consecutive starts before being sidelined with a rib injury late in 1979. Haynes was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 1994 and number was retired as well.

Los Angeles Raiders

Haynes played out his option with the Patriots in 1982, and in November 1983, his contract was awarded to the Los Angeles Raiders in a settlement that gave the Patriots a No. 1 draft choice in 1984 and a No. 2 pick in 1985. After playing the last five regular season games, he started in the Raiders’ Super Bowl XVIII victory, notching one interception, two pass breakups and one tackle. His partner in the Raiders' secondary was Lester Hayes, and the tandem was quickly recognized as one of the best cornerback duos in league history.[1] Washington Redskins general manager Bobby Beathard later said that Haynes tipped the balance heavily in the Raiders' favor. The Raiders and Redskins had played in the regular season when Haynes was still a Patriot, and his addition gave the Raiders the luxury of having two shutdown corners.[2]

In seven seasons with the Raiders, Haynes returned only one punt but he added 18 interceptions to give him a career total of 46 which were returned for 688 yards and two touchdowns, including a team-record 97-yard return against Miami in 1984. Haynes was an All-Pro choice in 1977, 1978, 1982, 1984 and 1985 and an All-AFC pick eight times.

In 1997, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 1999, he was ranked number 93 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players. He is ranked number 49 on the NFL Network Top 100 Greatest Players. [3] Haynes is considered by many football experts to be the best overall cornerback in the history of the NFL.

Personal life

Haynes's nephew is basketball player Justin Bibbs.[4]


  1. ^ "Before Revis and Cromartie there was Haynes and Hayes". The New York Times. September 24, 2011.
  2. ^ McGinn, Bob (2009). The Ultimate Super Bowl Book. Minneapolis: MVP Books. ISBN 978-0-7603-3651-9.
  3. ^ "The Top 100: NFL's Greatest Players". NFL Network.
  4. ^ Jolley, Frank (March 14, 2017). "Next Level: Former area stars now in the Big Dance". Daily Commercial. Retrieved September 26, 2018.

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1976 NFL Draft

The 1976 National Football League draft was an annual player selection meeting held April 8–9, 1976, at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, New York.The draft lasted 17 rounds, with the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks making the first two selections. The expansion teams were also given a pair of extra picks at the end of each of rounds 2-5. The 1976 draft was the final NFL draft to last seventeen rounds; it was reduced to twelve rounds in 1977, and it was the first draft to officially have the infamous unofficial award, “Mr. Irrelevant”, for the final player selected. Like 1974, the 1976 draft is generally regarded as one of the worst quarterback draft classes of all time. No quarterback from the 1976 draft class ever reached the Pro Bowl, an All-Pro team or a Super Bowl, and according to the estimate of Eldorado this quarterback class was the second-worst after 1996. Only first round pick Richard Todd, who led the New York Jets to their first postseason appearances since Super Bowl III in 1981 and 1982, was ever a regular starter.

Five teams lost picks as a penalty for illegally signing former World Football League players: the New York Giants and Chicago Bears lost sixth-round picks, the Washington Redskins lost their seventh-round pick, and the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets lost their tenth-round selections.The college draft was originally scheduled for February 3-4, but was postponed when the owners of the Seahawks and Buccaneers filed a lawsuit against the players' union with worries that the organization would try to prevent the expansion draft. The court case delayed both the expansion draft and the annual college draft.

1976 NFL season

The 1976 NFL season was the 57th regular season of the National Football League. The year 1976 was also the Bicentennial of the United States although the NFL did not issue its own Bicentennial patch. The Dallas Cowboys did modify their helmet (red, white and blue stripes) to honor the year, and were the only NFL team to recognize the Bicentennial.The league expanded to 28 teams with the addition of the Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This fulfilled one of the conditions agreed to in 1966 for the 1970 AFL–NFL merger, which called for the league to expand to 28 teams by 1970 or soon thereafter.

For this season only, the Seahawks played in the NFC West while the Buccaneers played in the AFC West. The Seahawks would return to the NFC West with the realignment prior to the 2002 season. The Buccaneers would set a record of futility, becoming the first NFL team to finish a season 0–14. The Buccaneers would go on to lose their first 26 games as a franchise before finally winning against the New Orleans Saints and St. Louis Cardinals to finish the 1977 season.

The New York Giants finally opened their new Giants Stadium after spending two seasons at the Yale Bowl and one season at Shea Stadium.

The season ended with Super Bowl XI when the Oakland Raiders defeated the Minnesota Vikings 32–14 in the Rose Bowl.

Associated Press NFL Rookie of the Year Award

The Associated Press NFL Rookie of the Year Award is an annual award given to the top offensive and defensive first-year players in the National Football League (NFL) as adjudged by the Associated Press (AP). Winners are selected by a nationwide panel of 50 members of the AP who regularly cover the league. The AP has chosen an offensive rookie of the year since 1957 and a defensive rookie of the year since 1967.

Ballots are cast at the end of the regular season, before the playoffs. Since 2011, winners of the AP Rookie of the Year awards are announced at the NFL Honors presentation the night before the Super Bowl along with the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year Award and other AP awards. While several organizations recognize their own NFL Rookie of the Year, the NFL considers the award given by the AP to be its official honor, with the winners listed in the league's annual Record and Fact Book. Running back Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants and linebacker Darius Leonard of the Indianapolis Colts were named AP Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year, respectively for the 2018 season.

Haynes (surname)

Haynes is a Welsh surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Alex Haynes (born 1982), American football player

Abner Haynes (born 1937), American football player

Adrian Haynes (1926-1988), Native American leader

Arden Haynes (born 1927), Canadian former CEO of Imperial Oil and former Chancellor of York University

Arthur Haynes (1914-1966), English comedian

Billy Jack Haynes (born 1953), American former professional wrestler

Colton Haynes (born 1988), American actor

Cornell Haynes Jr. (born 1974), American rapper, better known as Nelly

Danny Haynes (born 1988), English footballer

Deborah Haynes, British journalist

Desmond Haynes (born 1956), West Indian cricketer and cricket coach

Elwood Haynes (1857–1925), American inventor and co-founder of the Haynes-Apperson Company

Elizabeth Ross Haynes (1883–1953), African American social worker, sociologist, and author

Gibby Haynes (born 1957), American musician

Fred Haynes (1946–2006), American athlete

James Haynes (American football) (born 1960), American football player

Jerry Haynes (1927–2011), American actor and children's television host

Jimmy Haynes (born 1972), American baseball player

Joe Haynes (baseball player), (1917-1967), American baseball player

Joe M. Haynes (1936-2018), American lawyer and politician

John Haynes (governor) (1594–1654), English colonial magistrate, governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and Connecticut Colony

John Henry Haynes (1849-1910), American archaeologist and pioneering early photographer

John Earl Haynes, American historian

Johnny Haynes (1934–2005), English football player

Lemuel Haynes (1753–1833), American preacher and abolitionist

Marquis Haynes (born 1993), American football player

Martin Alonzo Haynes (1842–1919), US Representative

Michael Haynes (defensive lineman) (born 1980), American football player

Michael Haynes III, American professional wrestler better known as Prince Iaukea

Mike Haynes (cornerback) (born 1953), American football player

Nicole Haynes (born 1974), Canadian-American heptathlete

O.H. Haynes, Jr. (1920–1996), Louisiana sheriff

Robert Haynes (1931–1998), Canadian geneticist and biophysicist

Roberta Haynes (born 1929), American actress

Roy Haynes (born 1926), American jazz musician

Stephen Haynes (1801–1879), American politician and builder, Brooklyn, New York

Terrence Haynes (born 1984), Barbadian freestyle swimmer

Todd Haynes (born 1961), American film director

Warren Haynes (born 1960), American rock and blues guitarist

Michael Haynes

Michael Haynes may refer to:

Michael Haynes (defensive lineman) (born 1980), former defensive tackle in the NFL

Michael Haynes (wide receiver) (born 1965), former wide receiver in the NFL

Michael E. Haynes (born 1927), American minister and former politician

Mike Haynes (cornerback) (born 1953), former NFL cornerback for the Patriots and Raiders

Michael Haynes (wrestler), wrestler, known as Prince Iaukea

Michael Haynes (cricketer) (1936–1997), English cricketer

Mike Haynes (ice hockey), sportscaster

Michael Haynes, a pseudonym of the train robber Ronald Biggs

Mike Haynes—awards, championships, and honors

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