Former professional football player Wendell Hayes completed his earthly journey on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019.
An all-around athlete, Hayes was born on Aug. 5, 1940, and grew up in the Bay Area. He ran track and played both basketball and football at McClymonds High School, Oakland City College and Humboldt State University.
However, it was football where he enjoyed his professional career, playing for several professional teams including the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos in the NFL and the AFL’s Kansas City Chiefs. The highlight of Hayes’ career was his performance in the Chiefs’ 1970 Super Bowl win over the Minnesota Vikings.
After retirement from football, Hayes worked for San Francisco Juvenile Hall as a counselor, where he was admired by everyone with whom he came in contact.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife and soul mate of 54 years, Donna Hayes; daughter, Jacquetta Hayes; brother, Rev. Joseph B. Hayes; sister, Winnie Hayes and a host of relatives and many friends.
Services will be held at 12:00 noon on Jan. 16, 2020, at Dan Scales Funeral Services, 107 W. 8th Street, Pittsburg, CA 94565.