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Sunday, 16 December, 2001, 11:38 GMT
Hayes still seriously ill
Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Tom Landry, pictured in 1986
Hayes was guided to NFL success by coach Tom Landry
Former Olympic 100m champion and NFL star Bob Hayes remains in a critical condition in a Florida hospital.

But he is said to be improving after two operations to remove fluid from his stomach.

His mother, Mary Robinson, said his condition is not life-threatening.

"The doctor said he's coming along fine. He's strong," said Hayes' sister, Lena Mae Johnson. "We're optimistic that he's going to be all right."

The 58-year-old is the only man to have won both an Olympic gold medal and a Super Bowl winners ring.

In fact he was a double gold medallist at the 1964 Games in Tokyo, winning the 100m and anchoring the US 4x100m relay to victory.

His 100m semi-final run of 9.91secs with a 5.3m/s wind behind him was the first occasion anyone had gone under 10 seconds with automatic timing.


It remainded the fastest-ever run until William Snoddy ran 9.87 in Dallas in 1977.

No-one ran quicker legally in Olympic competition until the three medallists in Atlanta 1996.

After Tokyo, he gave up running and had an 11-year career as an awesome wide receiver with the Dallas Cowboys, winning the 1972 Super Bowl.

In total he took 371 catches for 7,414 yards, an average of 20 yards per catch. His 71 career touchdowns, including a 95-yarder, are both team records.

As a punt returner, he holds team records for season average (20.8 yards) and career average (11.1 yards).

Nicknamed 'The Bullet' by Dallas fans, Hayes fought back from a life-threatening illness earlier this year.

Hayes was treated for heart, liver and kidney ailments as well as prostate cancer.

He underwent surgery to remove his prostate on 27 February and was eventually allowed to return home on 20 April.

In September, he was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honour at Texas Stadium.

Hayes was convicted of drug trafficking in 1979 and served 18 months of a five-year sentence.

In his latest bout of illness, he was admitted to the Shands Jacksonville Hospital with flu-like symptoms.

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