The Chargers signed former Green Bay Packers cornerback Casey Hayward to a three-year contract in March.
Hayward has nine career interceptions. In 2014, he tied for the Packers’ team lead in interceptions, while tying for seventh in the NFL in total takeaways and ranking eighth in interception return yards. As a rookie in 2012, Hayward led the team and tied for fifth in the NFL with six picks, while also pacing the squad with 25 passes defensed. His six interceptions led all NFL rookies and they were the most by a Packers rookie since 1999.
Hayward just missed out on his 10th career interception during a game against the Chargers last October as a false start penalty against the Bolts negated Hayward’s would-be pick.
Hayward and his mother, Tish, oversee the Hayward’s Hands Foundation, which annually hosts a Thanksgiving Drive, a Christmas Toy Drive and a youth football camp in his native Perry, Georgia. Tish, who is a breast cancer survivor, was honored by NFL Mothers and Paradigm 360 in 2015 for her work with Casey and the Foundation.
Hayward hopes to take advantage of business classes he took at Vanderbilt to own a couple of Chick-fil-A restaurants after he hangs up his football cleats.
Hayward’s hobbies include watching movies and bowling.
Hayward’s cousin, Chris Duncan, serves in the Army.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Second-round pick (62) by Green Bay, April 27, 2012...signed with Packers, May 11...contract expired March 9, 2016...signed three-year contract with Chargers, March 15.
2015: Season-high eight tackles and two passes defensed Nov. 1 at Denver...team-high 14 tackles in postseason.
2014: Interception Oct. 12 at Miami...second interception week later (Oct. 19) vs. Carolina...returned interception 82 yards for TD vs. Chicago Nov. 9 and fumble 49 yards for score vs. Philadelphia Nov. 16...first Packer since 1999 to score defensive TD in consecutive weeks and one of only two players in NFL in 2014 to score TDs on interception and fumble return...vs. Eagles, also threw key block during 75-yard punt return.
2013: Inactive Games 1-6 (hamstring)...season-high nine tackles vs. Chicago Nov. 4...aggrivated hamstring Nov. 10 vs. Philadelphia...placed on “Reserve-Injured” Nov. 23.
2012: Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie...third in voting for AP’s NFL Defensive Rookie of Year...Defensive Rookie of Year and All-Pro (slot corner) by ProFootballFocus.com...NFL Defensive Rookie of Month (October) after four interceptions during month...three INTs Games 5-7, most by Packers rookie in three-game span since 1984...first NFL interception Oct. 7 at Indianapolis...paced team with two picks and four passes defensed Oct. 14 at Houston...first Packers rookie with multi-pick game since 1999...added another interception Oct. 21 at St. Louis...sixth pick of season Dec. 16 at Chicago...pick and 24-yard return set up touchdown for 14-7 lead over Bears.
COLLEGE: Second-team All-America as senior and two-time second-team All-SEC...played in 50 games with 37 starts and recorded 198 tackles, 15 interceptions, 46 passes defensed and three forced fumbles...school records for season (17) and career passes defensed...tied school mark for career interceptions...tied for third in nation in INTs (seven) as senior and tied for fifth (six) as junior...team’s defensive player of week after LSU and Georgia games as sophomore...played at Vanderbilt from 2008-11...sociology degree.
PERSONAL: Born in Perry, Georgia...Region 4-AAA Offensive Player of Year and all-state at Perry (Ga.) High...three-year team captain...member of squad’s leadership council...lettered four years in basketball and three years in track.