(born January 22, 1955) is a former professional American football
player for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
of the National Football League
Hayes was commonly referred to as "the Judge" and also as "Lester the Molester" because of his Bump and run coverage
. A big Star Wars
fan, during pregame interviews for Super Bowl XVIII
he declared himself the "only true Jedi
" in the NFL.Super Bowl by the Bay
, p.51, (c)1984 by Bohn & Bland Publishers, Inc. He was also known for using Stickum
before it was banned in 1981 in a rule bearing his name
. He had a distinct stance, as exemplified on his photo on the Raiders' home page, crouching very low when facing the opposing wide receiver.
In college, he became an All-American Safety
at Texas A&M
. Hayes was converted to cornerback
after being drafted by the Raiders in 1977. Hayes helped lead the Raiders to two Super Bowl
), and was a five-time Pro Bowler
He was known as one of the greatest shutdown cornerbacks in NFL history. His best performance was probably in Super Bowl XVIII. He had only one tackle, but that was because he so effectively covered Charlie Brown
and Art Monk
that Joe Theismann
hardly threw to the left side of the field.
In 1980, Hayes led the NFL with 13 interceptions and was named AP Defensive......