|Born:||May 2, 1985|
High Point, North Carolina
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||265 lb (120 kg)|
|High school:||High Point (NC) Andrews|
|NFL Draft:||2008 / Round: 4 / Pick: 103|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
William Quintin Hayes (born May 2, 1985) is a former American football defensive end. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Winston-Salem State.
He redshirted in his first season at Winston-Salem State. Before he attended Winston-Salem State, he was also redshirted at Barber-Scotia College before the school lost accreditation.
In 2004, he appeared in five games for the Rams, starting in 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.
In 2005, he appeared in three games for the Rams, starting two making seven total tackles with four tackles for a loss of five total yards.
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.
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 on the season.
Hayes was drafted by the Titans in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He signed a minimum salary contract over the next four 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 Jevon Kearse in Week 10, Hayes became the starter.
St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams
Hayes signed a one-year, $900,000 with the St. Louis Rams on April 6, 2012. Hayes played backup defensive end and also played defensive tackle in Rams nickel defense in 2012 and was third on team with 7 sacks.
On March 12, 2013, he signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract extension that includes $5.75 million in guarantees. On March 9, 2016, Hayes re-signed with the Rams to a three-year $21 million contract.
On March 9, 2017, Hayes was traded to the Miami Dolphins along with a seventh round draft pick in the 2017 NFL Draft for Miami's sixth round selection in the draft. He was placed on injured reserve on November 28, 2017, with a back injury.
On March 14, 2018, Hayes signed a one-year contract extension with the Dolphins.
Mermaids and dinosaurs
In December 2015, Hayes received media attention for his disbelief in dinosaurs. He claimed, "No, I don't believe dinosaurs existed. Not even a little bit." He continued, stating "I believe there is more of a chance you will find a mermaid than you will a dinosaur because we find different species in the water all the time." According to his former teammate and friend Chris Long, "He thinks archaeologists place bones underground like a parent would place Easter eggs. They just planted them. It's some large conspiracy. He does not believe that dinosaurs ever existed and he thinks that mermaids are real. I love dinosaurs, so we have a big point of contention."
In a 2016 segment on HBO's Hard Knocks, it was revealed that Hayes is a firm believer in mermaids. According to head coach Jeff Fisher, "I remember him getting really excited about the potential for moving out here [from St. Louis to Los Angeles] because he knew he would be closer to mermaids here on the West Coast."
On an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! in November 2016, Hayes toured the Dinosaur Hall at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County with Kimmel and a paleontologist, Daniel Caballero. He claimed that all of the skeletons and fossils were fake and had been planted by people in order to allow for the supposed discovery of the fossils by paleontologists. This visit further solidified his denial of the existence of dinosaurs. However, the visit reinforced his belief in the existence of mermaids after a short discussion about the potential for the future discovery of the species. He also briefly discussed his belief of unicorns in the episode.
- Rams agree to one-year deal with Hayes
- "Rams re-sign William Hayes". ESPN.com. March 12, 2013.
- "Rams agree to trade William Hayes to Dolphins". NFL.com. March 10, 2017.
- "Dolphins Make Roster Moves". MiamiDolphins.com. November 28, 2017. Archived from the original on June 8, 2018.
- Williams, Charean (March 14, 2018). "William Hayes stays with Dolphins on one-year deal". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
- Alper, Josh (September 24, 2018). "William Hayes out for year with torn ACL". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
- "Dolphins Sign Martrell Spaight, Promote Jonathan Woodard". MiamiDolphins.com. September 26, 2018.
- "Rams DE William Hayes Doesn't Believe Dinosaurs Existed, Says It's 'Crazy' Talk". BleacherReport.com.
- "Rams' William Hayes Doesn't Believe in Dinosaurs, Is Excited L.A. Is Close to Mermaids".
- "Rams' William Hayes believes in mermaids, not dinosaurs".