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Cowboys Midsummer Madness, Second Round: Bob Hayes vs. DeMarcus Ware

Round two of our Midsummer Madness tournament is underway! Today’s match-up features four seed Bob Hayes facing off against five seed DeMarcus Ware. Who will advance to the Sweet Sixteen?

In the second round, the most consistently close match-ups have been those featuring four vs. five seeds. Today, we have the final 4-5 skirmish: fourth-seeded Bob Hayes, whose speed fundamentally changed defensive strategy, and fifth-seeded DeMarcus Ware, one of the greatest 3-4 outside linebackers in NFL history (and the only ROLB in team history). Both merit advancement; who will prevail, and face Tom Landry in the regional semifinals? Read the bios and comments and hit the poll, Cowboys faithful!

Wanna keep tabs on the state of the bracket or look ahead to future contests? All the Midsummer Madness info you could ever want can be found right here.


Player: Bob Hayes

Position: wide receiver

Seed: 4

How he got here: defeated D.D. Lewis, 585-55


Name Years Career AV Pro Bowls All-Pro RoH HoF
Robert Lee Hayes

Bio: The Cowboys drafted Hayes in the seventh round of the 1964 Draft with a future draft pick, which allowed Dallas to draft him before his college eligibility was completed. He joined the team the following year, and exploded onto the scene; indeed, his best years as a pro were arguably his first two years in the league: 1965 (1,003 yards, twelve TDs, a remarkable 21.8 yards per reception) and 1966 (64-1,232  with thirteen scores). Both seasons' touchdown mark set a team record.

The NFL had never seen a player with Hayes' speed (he had clocked a wind-aided 9.91 in the 100 meters and an 8.6 final leg in the 4x100 relay en route to two gold medals and the moniker "World's Fastest Human" in the '64 Olympics). Indeed, his speed forced NFL defenses to develop new schemes to attempt to contain him, such as the bump and run and zone coverage. Hayes averaged more than 19 yards per catch six times in his career, including staggering averages of 26.1 (1970) and 24.0 (1971) per reception. He finished his ten-year Cowboys career with 365 receptions for 7,295 yards (an almost unfathomable 20 yards per catch average) and 71 touchdowns. Hayes' career touchdowns and yards per catch average remain franchise records.

Hayes helped Dallas win five Eastern Conference titles, two NFC titles, played in two Super Bowls, and was instrumental in Dallas' victory in Super Bowl VI, making him the only person to win both an Olympic gold medal and a Super Bowl ring. His 7,295 receiving yards are the fourth-most in Cowboys history. To this day, Hayes holds ten Cowboys regular-season receiving records, four punt return records and twenty-two overall franchise marks. As a Cowboy, he was named to the Pro Bowl three times, and twice elected First-team All-Pro (and twice was named Second-team All-Pro). Hayes was inducted into the Ring Of Honor in 2001 and the Hall of Fame in 2009.

*Hayes's AV with the Cowboys was 95; his career AV (two teams) was 96.

Member comments:

Member Comment
icebowl68 Bob Hayes changed the way the game was played, not too many players have had that kind of impact

Bob was a running back at Florida A&M and knew a little something about having some wiggle as a runner.

Sure, it may have been tough for him to make "sharp cuts" at times with his incredible speed and the "way" he ran with so much torque, but he often did it. Just look at this small sampling of his highlights and notice his ‘cuts and moves’ at times:


Bob Hays was a Football Player that was fast.

OK, he was really fast. Bullet Bob stretched defenses so much that it forced opposition to extreme compensation. Hays was an exciting weapon unleashed on the NFL.
Wow !


Player: DeMarcus Ware

Position: outside linebacker, defensive end

Seed: 5

How he got here: defeated Charlie Waters, 508-259


Name Years Career AV Pro Bowls All-Pro RoH HoF
DerMarcus Ware

Bio: Ware was drafted by the Cowboys with the 11th overall pick in the 2005 Draft. He was immediately inserted into the lineup, and made an impact, tying Greg Ellis for the team lead in sacks with eight. The following season, he led the team in sacks with 11.5, the most ever by a Cowboys linebacker, and was elected to the Pro Bowl. This would prove to be the first of six consecutive Pro Bowl nods for Ware (seven in his Cowboys career); he also took home All-Pro laurels on four occasions (2007-'09, '11).

During his Dallas tenure, Ware twice led the league in sacks (2008, '10) and, in the five seasons from 2007-'11, ranked in the top three in total sacks four times. In total, he registered 10+ sacks in 7 straight seasons (2006-'12); the only other players to accomplish this - Reggie White and John Randle - are in the Hall of Fame. He is the second fastest player in NFL history to reach 100+ sacks, behind the aforementioned White. As a member of the Cowboys, Ware recorded 28 multiple-sack games and 32 forced fumbles, both team records and, in 2013, became the Cowboys' all-time sack leader, surpassing Harvey Martin's 30-year-old record of 114.

*Ware's AV with Dallas is 106; his career AV (two teams) is 116.

**Ware was a seven-time Pro Bowler with the Cowboys; he went to eight Pro Bowls in his career.

Member comments:

Member Comment
YumaCactus Great player at a premium position.
icebowl68 Without Ware, there are more years with a losing record. Demarcus forced defensive coordinators to plan their entire scheme at stopping him. Same kind of impact as JJ Watt.

Went with Ware because he is the definition of RKG.

I also remember him being the premier pass rusher in the league while also being stout against the run and excellent in coverage.

Ware is arguably the best 3-4 OLB ever.

Alright, BTBers, which man advances to the sweet sixteen?

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