***Bob Hayes Gravesite Update***
Well, I have great news. Bob Hayes' sister just called me.
His gravesite has been paid in full and he will be moved to the Mausoleum.
The date for this move has not been made yet but she intends to let me know so I can update everyone on this. I told her that I had literally thousands of Cowboys fans willing to contribute to this and she said, "please tell them all thank you. That means the world to me."
The newspaper accounts are not telling full stories on this situation. Surprised?
Bob Hayes left his sister very strict written instructions in his Will regarding his final resting place and other aspects of his legacy. She has been following these instructions.
She is also instructed to start the Bob Hayes Foundation for Cancer Research to be opened if he is ever elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. There is a website of that name under construction.
I promised her that when Bob is elected to the Hall of Fame that I will attend and will give her a hug. She asked me if I had ever met Bob. I told her no. She described him as someone who was always trying to do for others.
I talked to her about why he isn't in the Hall of Fame. She is decidely opinionated on that and I agree with every sentiment. She said, "how can those voters not understand that he forced teams to create Zone defenses in order to stop him?"
She was with Bob for the 1964 Olympics where he won 2 Gold Medals. She was with him in 1967 for the Ice Bowl where he is so criticized for hands in his pockets. It's obvious she's been with him through every high and every low. She even talked to me about his drug use. She told me Bob was very ashamed of that chapter in his life and how it has tainted his image. She said, "if you or I did drugs no one would care because we are not public figures. Because Bob was a public figure this mistake is held to a higher standard. He understood that and was hard on himself for this mistake of his life."
She asked me if I live in Dallas, and I told her I live in Tucson. She is coming here in a couple of months to visit an old friend. I am going to take her out to dinner.