"Bullet Bob" Inducted Into Pro Football Hall of Fame

The honor comes 7 years after Hayes' death

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    Bob Hayes waves to the crowd at Texas Stadium on Sep. 23, 2001, the year before he died.

    Late Dallas Cowboys receiver Bob Hayes has been inducted posthumously into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

      He was introduced by his son, Bob Hayes Jr., who noted his father always wondered why it took so long for this achievement to happen. Hayes died in 2002 at the age of 59.
     
    "It hurts, because he's not here to enjoy this," Hayes said. "But I know where ever he is, he's smiling down."
     
    Nicknamed "Bullet Bob," Hayes helped revolutionize the receiver position during an 11-year career -- the first 10 in Dallas, and one in San Francisco -- that ended in 1975. A star track athlete who won two gold medals at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, Hayes' 71 career touchdown catches remain a Cowboys' record.