Portland, OR (December 5, 2014) – Park View graduate and Shepard University standout DL/LB Robert Hayes has joined the Portland Thunder of the Arena Football League.
Hayes [6’2″, 273lbs] will enter his first season in the Arena Football League after a successful career college. A 2013 Academic All-American, Robert was the cornerstone of the Shepard defense that was nationally ranked #1 for Division II. Hayes set conference defensive records for sacks (10) and tackles for loss (11) in the newly formed MEC (Mountain East Conference). His 2013 performance also earned him first team all-conference and all region honors, in addition to the MEC’s first ever “Defensive Player of the Year” award.
The Sterling native was a four year starter and three year captain for Shepard, and was the first player in team history to be invited to the NFL Combine.