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Michael James Haynes (born July 1, 1953 in Denison, Texasmarker) is an Americanmarker former National Football League cornerback who played for the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Raiders. He used his speed, quickness and range to become both a premier defensive back and an outstanding punt return specialist.

Early years

Mike Haynes played cornerback at John Marshall High School in Los Angelesmarker. He received numerous all-league and all-city honors while there. In addition to football Haynes also participated in track and field and currently hold the long jump record at John Marshall High School

College career

At Arizona Statemarker, Mike Haynes was a three-time All-Western Athletic Conference selection, and a two-time All-America selection. In 2001 he ws inducted into the College Football Hall of Famemarker.

Pro football career

New England Patriots

He enjoyed a sensational rookie year with the Patriots with eight interceptions and an AFC-leading 608 yards on 45 punt returns. That year, Haynes gave the Patriots their first-ever touchdowns on punt returns with 89-yard and 62-yard returns. He earned a Pro Bowl invitation as a rookie, the first of nine Pro Bowl bids.

Haynes recorded 28 interceptions and 1,159 yards on 111 returns, a 10.4-yard average during his seven years with the Patriots. He started his career with 58 consecutive starts before being sidelined with a rib injury late in 1979.

Los Angeles Raiders

Haynes played out his option with the Patriots in 1982, and in November, 1983, his contract was awarded to the Los Angeles Raiders in a settlement that gave the Patriots a No. 1 draft choice in 1984 and a No. 2 pick in 1985. He played the last five games in 1983 and then started and had one interception in the Raiders’ Super Bowl XVIII victory.

In seven seasons with the Raiders, Haynes returned only one punt but he added 18 interceptions to give him a career total of 46 which were returned for 688 yards and two touchdowns, including a team-record 97-yard return against Miami in 1984. Haynes was an All-Pro choice in 1977, 1978, 1982, 1984 and 1985 and an All-AFC pick eight times.

In 1997, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Famemarker. In 1999, he was ranked number 93 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.

All-Pro Football 2K8

In the video game All Pro Football 2K8, Mike Haynes originally appeared as a Gold Cornerback with the abilities "Coverage Bonus - Player has excellent pass coverage skills" and "Return Specialist - Player is skilled at returning punts or kicks". After the first patch for the XBox 360 version of the game however, Mike Haynes' name was changed to "Mark Smith". No explanation for the change was ever presented. All of Mark Smith's abilities, player model, and even facial features, remained unchanged from those of Mike Haynes.

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