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Haywood Jeffires
Wide Receiver
Jersey #(s)
Born December 12, 1964 (1964-12-12) (age 45)
Greensboro, North Carolina
Career information
Year(s) 19871996
NFL Draft 1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20
College North Carolina State
Professional teams
Career stats
Receptions 535
Receiving Yards 6,334
Touchdowns 50
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Haywood Franklin Jeffires (born December 12, 1964 in Greensboro, North Carolina) is a former professional American football player who was selected by the Houston Oilers in the 1st round (20th overall) of the 1987 NFL Draft out of North Carolina State. A 6'2", 198 lb (90 kg). wide receiver, Jeffires played in 10 NFL seasons from 1987-1996. Early in his NFL career his teammates referred to him as "Darkness", due to his charcoal complexion. Later in his career his teammates referred to him as "Freakwood". He played most of his career with the Oilers during the "Run & Shoot" era with Warren Moon. The Run & Shoot also incorporated teammates Ernest Givins, Drew Hill, and Curtis Duncan. A 3-time Pro Bowl selection from 1991-1993, Jeffires led the AFC in receptions in 1991 with 100.

As of 2008 Jeffires is coaching the Bay Area Gamblers, a semipro football team in Pearland, Texas.

Though his last name is spelled Jeffires, it is pronounced Jeffries. A fact that game commentators often noted during broadcasts of games in which Jeffires was playing. 1991 Nintendo Entertainment System console game, Tecmo Super Bowl, incorrectly listed Jeffires' name as "Jeffries".



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