Hall of Famer Mike Haynes Raids the BFT
August 22, 2013, 3:33 pm
NFL Hall of Famer and former Raiders DB Michael Haynes joined John Canzano on the Bald Faced Truth Thursday afternoon to talk about his legendary career and the Dryer v NFL
For Haynes, football was a constant learning process.
“I had five different position coaches my first five years. I learned something from each of them. With the Raiders, I was working with Willie Brown and Lester [Hayes], and I learned a lot from those two guys. You would think that a perennial Pro-Bowler wouldn’t have a lot to learn in his 7th and 8th year, but I did.”
Haynes said that his willingness to educate his game helped him mature as a player.
“I reached a point where I realized that I knew an awful lot, and that I didn’t need to get faster, I needed to get smarter. When I was young I depended on my speed, but I realized that if I just did my job, I could do an awful lot in the league.”
Haynes looks back on his time in the NFL fondly and cites his last 7 years with the Raiders as his favorite.
“The highlight of my football career was playing with those guys. There were so many characters in the Raiders. The one who I enjoyed the most was probably Ted Hendricks, who rode into camp on a horse.”
Mike spoke with John Canzano about publicity rights and image licensing.
The Dryer v NFL case is being voted on by retired players. The deadline
to vote is August 30th. For details go to www.ProFootballRetiredPlayersAssociation.com