(born October 10, 1980 in Paterson, New Jersey
) is an American football linebacker
who is currently a free agent
. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals
in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft
. He played college football
Gerald Hayes attended elementary school in PS 27, a school in Paterson,NJ.Hayes played his high school football at Passaic County Technical Institute
.He was high school teammates with former NFL player Marcel Shipp and current NFL player Michael Adams.Stapleton, Art. , Herald News
, September 29, 2006. "Paterson Catholic coach Benjie Wimberly compares him to former Passaic Tech star Gerald Hayes, an All-State linebacker and now a starter for the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL."
Hayes attended the University of Pittsburgh
and was an Administration of Justice Major and a letterman in football. In football, he was a three-time All-Big East Conference selection and finished his college football career with 87 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, and two interceptions.
On April 18, 2006, he signed a one-year qualifying offer on playing his 4th season with the Cardinals.
He was released by Arizona on July 28, 2011.