From Madison East High School to the University of Wisconsin to the NFL, Donald Hayes enjoyed success at every level on the football field.
And now the 1994 Madison East graduate is being honored as a Class of 2013 inductee into the Madison Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies June 5 at Monona Terrace.
Hayes starred in football and basketball at Madison East High School, playing under the legendary Wayne "Knobby" Kelliher and Rich Cleveland. He was named first team all-state n both sports his senior year.
He focused on football after that and was a four-time letter winner for the Wisconsin Badgers. With the Badgers, he caught 106 passes for 1,575 yards and four touchdowns.
He played five years in the NFL, four with the Carolina Panthers. He caught 144 passes for 1,988 yards and nine touchdowns in his career.
The Madison Sports Hall of Fame was started in 1963 to recognize and honor great athletes and sports figures from Madison. The club hosts weekly meetings from August through June and holds the induction ceremony every June.