Wendell Hayes

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Wendell Hayes
Wendell Hayes visits patients at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center (cropped).jpg
Hayes visits patients at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center
No. 33, 29, 38
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1940-08-05) August 5, 1940 (age 74)
Place of birth: Dallas, Texas
Career information
High school: McClymonds
College: Humboldt State
Undrafted: 1963
Career history
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts-yards: 988-3758
Receptions-yards: 161-1461
Touchdowns: 35
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Wendell Hayes (born August 5, 1940) is a former American football running back. Wendell played college football at Humboldt State University. He played in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos and the AFL's Kansas City Chiefs, which included the team that defeated the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth and final AFL-NFL World Championship Game.

Early years[edit]

Hayes attended McClymonds High School where he developed into an exceptional multi-sport athlete. He received All-Oakland Athletic League honors in football, basketball and track. He was also an amateur boxer.

He was mentored by Earl Meneweather who became California's first High School African American Head Football Coach in 1957. He was a dominant running back in football. He played on two undefeated basketball teams, that included Paul Silas and Aaron Pointer.

He moved on to Merritt College before transferring to Humboldt State University, where he played football, basketball and track.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Hayes signed as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 1963.[1] Injuries limited him to only one regular season game. He was waived on August 30, 1964.[2]

Denver Broncos (first stint)[edit]

He signed with the Denver Broncos in 1964 but was released before the start of the season.

Oakland Raiders[edit]

The Oakland Raiders signed him to their taxi squad in 1964, before being cut in December.

Denver Broncos (second stint)[edit]

The Denver Broncos brought him back for their training camp in 1965 and surprised observers not just by making the team, but also starting in the same backfield with Cookie Gilchrist, finishing with 526 rushing yards (second on the team).

In 1966, although he was undersized for the position, he was moved to fullback after Gilchrist announced his retirement and led the team in rushing with 417 yards.[3]

On January 19, 1968, he was traded along with Goldie Sellers and a player to be named later to the Kansas City Chiefs, in exchange for a third (#75-Bob Vaughan) and fourth round (#102-Drake Garrett) draft choices.[4]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Hayes was placed on the injured reserve list on October 31, 1968.[5] He became a starter at fullback in 1970 and kept that role four years, until being relegated back to a reserve role. He was waived on April 21, 1975.[6]


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