William Hayes (American football)

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William Hayes
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Hayes in the 2013 preseason.
No. 95     St. Louis Rams
Defensive End
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-05-02) May 2, 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth: High Point, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 278 lb (126 kg)
Career information
High school: High Point (NC) Andrews
College: Winston-Salem State
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 4 / Pick: 103
Debuted in 2008 for the Tennessee Titans
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Tackles 175
Sacks 20.0
Interceptions 1
Forced Fumbles 4
Stats at NFL.com

William Quintin Hayes (born May 2, 1985) is an American football defensive end for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football for Winston-Salem.

Early years[edit]

A native of High Point, NC, Hayes is a 2003 graduate of T. Wingate Andrews High School where he was a member of the Raiders' Mid State 2A Conference Championship team in 2003.

College career[edit]

In 2007 he appeared in 11 games for the Rams with 11 starts and recorded 78 tackles, tallied 46 solo tackles and 32 assisted tackles with 19 tackles for loss, and a team-high 8.5 sacks. He also forced a team-high seven fumbles and recovered four fumbles, one of which he returned six yards for a touchdown versus Delaware State University, one of his two touchdowns on the season he recovered another fumble in the Rams' last game of the season and returned it 16 yards for a go-ahead touchdown. He hurried opposing quarterbacks 12 times and broke up three passes.

In 2006 he became one of the team's top defensive players last season, playing in all 11 games with nine starts after he appeared in all 11 games last season and made 57 tackles with (25 solo) and led the team in sacks with 6.5 yards and total tackles for a loss with 13 for a loss and he even added an interception and also added four pass breakups and even had two quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries.

2005: Appeared in three games for the Rams, starting two making seven total tackles with four tackles for a loss of five total yards. In 2004 he appeared in five games for the Rams, starting two, making eight total tackles. He tallied three solo tackles and five assisted tackles. He recorded one tackle for a loss of one yard and broke up one pass. Redshirted in his first season at WSSU (2003) before he attended WSSU he was also redshirted at a small HBCU called Barber-Scotia College before it lost its accrediation.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft[edit]

He helped his draft stock considerably when he was clocked at 4.59 in the 40 yard dash at his pro day at Wake Forest University in March 2008.

Tennessee Titans[edit]

He was drafted by the Titans in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He signed a minimum salary contract over the next 4 years and a $500,000 signing bonus totaling $1.8 million. In his rookie season he made 13 tackles and one sack as a reserve defensive end for the Titans. Once Jeff Fisher benched veteran starter DE Jevon Kearse in Week 10, Hayes has started since.

St. Louis Rams[edit]

Hayes signed a one-year $900,000 with the St. Louis Rams on April 6, 2012.[1] Hayes played backup defensive end and also played defensive tackle in Rams nickle defense in 2012 and was third on team with 7 sacks. He was rewarded with a three-year, $10.5 million deal that includes $5.75 million in guarantees.[2]

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