Lester Hayes

Senior finalists include former Raider, Lester Hayes

Lester Hayes has the 2nd most interceptions in a season (13) in NFL history

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Released its list for 2023 in the Seniors and Contributor Category.  The total number for the list is 54 players/coaches/contributors. The next round of finalists in both categories will be announced on July 27th.

 Included on the list is Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders cornerback, Lester Hayes. In his 10-year career, Hayes was named to 5 Pro Bowls and recorded 8 interceptions in the playoffs including two returned for touchdowns.  Hayes led the NFL in interceptions in 1980 and was named AP-Defensive Player of the Year, en route to a Super Bowl title for Oakland.  

**Hayes has the 2nd most interceptions in a season (13) in NFL history. This was during the 1980 season, which makes it the most interceptions in the modern era.**

Also named a Semi-Finalist is the late coach Marty Schottenheimer.  Schottenheimer coached in the NFL for 21 seasons leading his teams to 13 playoff appearances and 8 Division Titles. He was notably head coach of the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs.  Schottenheimer also played in the AFL and NFL from 1965-1971.  He was on the Buffalo Bills 1965 AFL Championship team and was named to the All-Star Team that same season.  Schottenheimer passed away in 2021 due to complications from Alzheimer’s. 

The complete list of Semi-finalists can be found here