The Los Angeles Chargers were saddened to learn about the passing of Luther Hayes, a member of the 1961 team.
Hayes was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 10th round of the NFL Draft as well as the 27th round of the AFL Draft by the Chargers. He chose to play for the Bolts, catching 14 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns.
A two-sport star at USC before joining the Chargers, Hayes lettered in football from 1958-60 and track and field from 1959-61. He recorded 14 career catches for the Trojans, highlighted by a team-best nine for 179 yards and two TDs in 1959. Hayes also played defense at USC, posting 44 tackles that year earning honorable mention All-American and All-Conference second team honors.
Hayes remained in Los Angeles after his playing career ended, teaching in the Los Angeles City School District. He also coached at Crenshaw High, Cal State Northridge and Los Angeles City College, where he also served as an academic counselor.