Font Leads to More Scrutiny of Hayes Letter

The family of former Dallas Cowboys receiver and Olympic champion Bob Hayes already took issue with the letter Lucille Hester read during Bob Hayes' Pro Football Hall of Fame election last weekend.

While the family's initial concerns focused on the signature at the bottom of the letter --  which the family pointed out does not match the autograph found on Hayes' memorabilia --  the focus now is on the letter itself, most importantly the font.

The Dallas Morning News asked one of the world's most noted typeface designers to examine the photo of the purported Hayes letter.

Luc(as) de Groot identified the letter's typeface as "definitely Calibri."

So why is that a problem? It's a problem because de Groot designed it for Microsoft in 2003, and it wasn't available to the public until the release of Microsoft Office 2007.

So the question is, how could Hayes have typed the letter with 2007 font when he died on Sept. 18, 2002?

Hester was pressed for an answer.

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"I don't know who typed it, or about some font," she said Wednesday.

Hester said she received the letter twice from Hayes, once when she visited him in Jacksonville, Fla., and again when he met her in Philadelphia.

And the drama continues.

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