Verron Haynes
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Haynes in 2005
No. 34, 36
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1979-02-17) February 17, 1979 (age 45)
Trinidad and Tobago
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:222 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school:Atlanta (GA) North Springs
College:Georgia
NFL draft:2002 / Round: 5 / Pick: 166
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:738
Rushing average:4.2
Rushing TDs:3
Player stats at NFL.com

Verron Ulric Haynes (/vəˈrɒn/ və-RON; born February 17, 1979) is a Trinidadian-born former American football running back. He was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft, following three successful college football seasons at The University of Georgia.[1] With the Steelers, he won Super Bowl XL against the Seattle Seahawks.

Haynes appeared on the cover of Pittsburgh Magazine's 25 Most Beautiful People issue in January 2007. As of 2010, Haynes serves as an International commentator and television personality for ESPN International.

Born in Trinidad and Tobago, before moving to New York City at age seven and then to Atlanta, Georgia, where he played high school football for North Springs High School. His father Ulric "Buggy" Haynes was a soccer player in the Trinidad and Tobago national team.[2][3]

Professional career

Pittsburgh Steelers

In five seasons with the Steelers from 2002 to 2006, Haynes gained 660 yards on 159 carries (4.2 average per carry) and three touchdowns. He also recorded 39 receptions for 322 yards (8.3 average per reception) and two touchdowns, including one from wide receiver Antwaan Randle El. Haynes missed most of the 2006 season due to a knee injury.

On March 1, 2007, he was cut by the Steelers in order to save cap room. However, he re-signed with the team on June 4, 2007. On September 1, 2007, he was released again. He was re-signed on December 24 when starting running back Willie Parker was placed on injured reserve.

Atlanta Falcons

Haynes signed with the Atlanta Falcons on April 29, 2009.[4]

On December 5, 2009, he was released by the Falcons and re-signed on December 8, 2009.

Personal

Haynes serves on the board of directors of TurningPoint, a women's health care organization in Alpharetta, Georgia. He is involved in philanthropic efforts and the forming of The Red Sail Watersports company. In addition, Haynes runs The Verron Haynes Foundation and football clinics and camps and comments for ESPN International.

References

  1. ^ "2002 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 18, 2023.
  2. ^ Nero, Sean (January 7, 2009). "Verron Haynes "The NFL chose me"". The Trinidad Guardian. Trinidad Publishing Company. Retrieved January 7, 2009.
  3. ^ "Verron Haynes, Steelers Running Back, 2002-2007". Pittsburgh Sports Daily Bulletin. November 8, 2011. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  4. ^ Falcons sign former UGA running back, release Bergeron Archived May 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine