Michael Haynes grew up in New Orleans as a Saints fan, so imagine his surprise when he was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the 7th round of the 1988 draft. A track man out of Northern Arizona with a powerful second gear, Haynes still ranks in the top 3 on the school charts for the 55 meter dash and the 200 meter dash. Of his 13 catches in his rookie season, 4 went for touchdowns. The Falcons were mired at the bottom of the NFC West- a frequent whipping boy of the 49ers, Rams, and even the Saints during that period.
It was in 1990 that things would change under new head coach Jerry Glanville. Glanville brought his fiery brand of football from Houston including the Red Gun offense (a Run ‘N Shoot variant). The Falcons went high octane. Mike had his best season as a pro in 1991, catching passes from Chris Miller and Billy Joe Tolliver. Among them was a Hail Mary from Tolliver to Haynes to stun the 49ers and kick the door open on the race for the NFC West.
He’d also bedevil his hometown Saints, catching a 50 yard TD during the regular season against them, and a 20 yarder in the playoffs. Haynes finished with a gaudy league leading 22.4 yards per reception, 1122 yards, and 11 touchdowns on just 50 passes. In 1992 and 1993, Haynes led the NFL in longest reception with 89 and 98 respectively. Haynes joined the Saints in 1994 and recorded a career high 77 receptions. Over his 3 seasons in his hometown, Michael had 162 receptions for 2368 yards and 13 touchdowns. He returned to the Falcons for a swan song in 1997 catching just 12 passes and not starting any contests.
Haynes is a reliable TTM signer and lives in Georgia.
G/GS 147/113 REC428 YDS 6588 AVG 15.4 TD 47 LG 98T