WACO, Texas (3/12/08) – North Texas Hall of Famer Abner Haynes joined elite company Tuesday when he was inducted into the prestigious Texas Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony held in Waco. Haynes joins Joe Greene and Ray Renfro as the only former North Texas football players to be inducted into the Hall.
Haynes helped break the color barrier in
“We had talked to several coaches in the state of
After playing on the freshman team in 1956, Haynes became one of the most highly-touted players ever at
He became a fifth-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1960 NFL Draft but was traded to the Dallas Texans where he became the 1960 AFL Rookie of the Year. He played for five different teams during his professional career, setting three AFL records and was named to the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1991.
Haynes was inducted to the North Texas Hall of Fame in 1986, which is the same year that his former head coach at
Haynes entered the Texas Sports Hall of Fame on the same night as former Dallas Cowboy wide receiver Michael Irvin, former Texas Tech head coach Spike Dykes, women’s soccer star Mia Hamm, Dallas Stars and NHL hockey legend Mike Modano, former Houston Oilers All-Pro defensive player Ray Childress, women’s high school basketball legend Leta Andrews and former Cleveland Browns great Jimmy Ray Smith.