Who's the Sole Individual to Secure Both a Super Bowl Ring and Olympic Gold Medal?
Learn about the remarkable individual who has achieved the rare distinction of securing victories in both the Super Bowl and the Olympics. Delve into their inspiring journey and unparalleled athletic prowess.
In the annals of sports history, only one person has achieved the remarkable feat of winning both a Super Bowl ring and an Olympic gold medal: Robert "Bullet Bob" Hayes.
Hayes was a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys from 1965 to 1974. His speed, which earned him the nickname "Bullet," revolutionized the game of football. Hayes' speed forced teams to shift from primarily man-to-man defense to using zones. He was a four-time All-Pro selection and played in three Pro Bowls. Hayes caught 371 passes for 7,414 yards, averaged 20 yards per catch, and scored 71 touchdowns. He was a member of the Cowboys' 1971 NFL Champion team, making him the only athlete in history to win an Olympic gold medal and a Super Bowl ring.
Auf den jährlichen Reisen durch die USA war es die "First AFL–NFL World Championship Game" 1967 in Los Angeles. Damals bei einer Reise durch Kalifornien einen Stopp in L. A. gemacht.
Der erste Superbowl wurde dann im Januar 1971 in Florida angeschaut. — Max Mustermann (@BaggioRobert) February 11, 2024
Before his football career, Hayes was a standout track and field athlete. He attended Florida A&M University on an athletic scholarship, where he won three consecutive AAU national championships in the 100-yard dash and an NCAA championship. At the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games, Hayes won two gold medals. He won the 100-meter dash, tying the world record of 10.06 seconds, and ran an incredible anchor leg in the 4x100-meter relay, delivering the Americans another gold medal in a world record 39.06 seconds.
Hayes' impact on both sports was recognized with his induction into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor in 2001, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009, and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. He passed away in 2002 after battling prostate cancer. His legacy as the only person to win both a Super Bowl ring and an Olympic gold medal remains unmatched.