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Dallas Cowboys Draft History: Greatest 7th-Round Picks of All Time

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Inside The Star Side Lines - Top 25 Dallas Cowboys of All Time (15-11)

“Bullet Bob” Hayes is one of the two players on our list to be named to both the Cowboys' and the Pro Football . He is also one of the greatest pure athletes to ever grace the team and the as a whole.

Hayes' focus was on track & field during his college career despite also playing football. After breaking the world record for the 100-yard dash in 1963, Hayes was selected to the U.S. Olympic Team for 1964 in Tokyo. It actually required an order from President Lyndon Johnson for Hayes to get the time off from football that he needed to full prepare for the Olympics.

Two gold medals came Bob's way in those games, one for the 100m race and another in the 4x100m relay. Hayes tied the world record in the individual race and his team broke the world record for the relay.

Wanting to see how they could utilize Hayes' athletic prowess on the football field, the Cowboys used a pick on him in the 1964 even though he wouldn't finish his college eligibility until 1965.

Bob hit the ground running, or really receiving, with 1,003 yards and 12 touchdowns in his 13-game rookie season. Those numbers improved to 1,232 and 13 touchdowns in 1966.

Also in 1966, Hayes set a franchise record with 246 receiving yards in a single game. That record would stand for 43 years until 's breakout 250-yard game in 2009 against the .

“Bullet Bob” also killed teams as a , leading the NFL in 1967 and 1968 in return yards.

Hayes is 3rd on the Cowboys' all-time receiving touchdowns list, trailing just and . That is astounding considering the different eras they played in, and with names like and below.

He's is also 6th on the Cowboys' all-time receiving yards list and 8th in career catches.

Indeed, Bob Hayes isn't just one of the best 7th-round picks in Cowboys but one of the greatest players ever for the franchise. He is the only athlete to ever win both Olympic gold and a , and he's one of the two true legends on our list today.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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