Born December 20, 1942, Jacksonville, Fla. Died September 18, 2002.
The "World's Fastest Human" in the early 1960s was Bob Hayes and there were few who would dispute that fact. He was a world record holder and Olympic champion during that decade and his awesome strength and speed later helped him become an outstanding professional football player.
He won the national collegiate 200 title while a student at Florida A&M University and three times he won the AAU 100 title. He was the co-holder of the world 100-yard dash record at 9.1 and was one of the stars of the 1964 Olympic Games, winning a pair of gold medals in the open 100 meters and running the anchor leg on the 4 x 100-meter relay, turning a two-meter deficit into a three-meter victory. His time of 10.06 at Tokyo was a world record and he also held the world 200 record for a short time. He later became an outstanding wide receiver with the Dallas Cowboys pro football team.