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Michael Haynes


Michael James Haynes

Inducted 2000

Date of Birth



Denison, TX


Arizona State University (1972-1975)


Michael Haynes played four years for Arizona State. The school had a 40-8 record in that time. The 1975 team was unbeaten and ranked second nationally. Haynes was all-conference three times and first-team All-America his senior year, 1975. His coach, Frank Kush, nicknamed him "luxury." Kush said, "We just assign him to cover the opposition's best receiver and never give him any help and the rest of our guys just go about their business. He's luxury." In 1974, he led the nation with 11 pass interceptions. In 1973, he was named the outstanding defensive player in the Fiesta Bowl as Arizona State beat Pittsburgh 28-7. In 1975, he helped Arizona State beat Nebraska 17-14 in the Fiesta Bowl. He also starred as a kick returner. He had punt returns of 60 and 75 yards. Against North Carolina State he had a 97-yard kickoff return. The North Carolina State coach, Lou Holtz, said Haynes was "the best defensive back I've ever seen." Haynes played 12 years as a pro with the Patriots and Raiders, was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and to the 75th anniversary all-pro team. Haynes settled in Del Mar, California, and sponsored the Mike Haynes Golf Classic, which raised money for minority college scholarships.


Height 6'2

Weight 196

Career Highlights

  • 1975 All-Conference
  • 1975 First Team All-America
  • 1974 All-Conference
  • 1974 Led nation in interceptions
  • 1973 All-Conference
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