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Haynes gets post with league

Michael Haynes, a 14-year NFL cornerback and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has been named NFL Vice President of Player and Employee Development, Commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced Tuesday.

Haynes will report to Harold Henderson, executive vice president of labor relations and chairman of the NFL Management Council, and replaces Lem Burnham, who recently resigned to become a coach.

Haynes will head up the NFL 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.

"We are very pleased that a former NFL player is joining us at the executive level," Commissioner Tagliabue said. "Mike Haynes brings the energy, focus, and determination of a Hall of Famer to our office. He is a great addition to our staff."

Haynes comes to the NFL from the Callaway Golf Company. He was global licensing manager from 1994-2000 and vice president of recreational golf development from 2001 to the present.

"Mike Haynes brings an invaluable combination of business and NFL playing experience to his new position," said Henderson. "He has a broad corporate managerial and administrative background. His Hall of Fame career provides him with an understanding of the pressures and needs of today's NFL player."

Haynes, a first-round draft choice of the New England Patriots in 1976 out of Arizona State, was voted the NFL defensive rookie of the year and earned the first of nine Pro Bowl selections. In seven years with the Patriots, he recorded 28 interceptions.

He finished his career with the Los Angeles Raiders from 1983-89, posting 18 interceptions, and helped them to a Super Bowl XVIII victory with an interception.

Haynes was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

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