Blue Ribbon Panel: Michael Haynes

Michael Haynes is the Vice President of Player and Employee Development for the National Football League. Haynes heads up the league's Player Development department, which oversees programs designed to help players in their off-field lives. Included are programs in career internships, financial education and management, continuing education, and personal assistance.

Since joining the NFL in 2002, Haynes has also managed the addition of numerous programs including the NFL Business Management & Entrepreneurial Program in 2005 and the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp in June 2007.

Previously, Haynes spent a distinguished seven years at Callaway Golf after a decorated NFL playing career. He served Callaway for six years as a Global Licensing Manager prior to being promoted to Vice President of Recreational Golf Development in 2001.

Haynes is widely recognized as one of the NFL's greatest defensive backs. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997 and was later named to the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.

A first-round draft choice of the New England Patriots in 1976, Haynes was voted the NFL defensive rookie of the year. He was selected to nine Pro Bowls during his 14-year NFL career with the New England Patriots (1976-1982) and Los Angeles Raiders (1983-1989). Haynes earned a Super Bowl ring as a member of the 1983 Raiders.

During his playing career, Haynes recognized the need to prepare for life after football and returned to Arizona State University during the off-season to earn his undergraduate degree. This established the groundwork for his career at Callaway and helped formulate some of the ideas he brings to the NFL.

Haynes lives with his wife, Gigi, and is a proud father of six.

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