Abner Haynes is one of the few athletes who was able to play his high school, college and professional football in North Texas. Haynes broke the color barrier at North Texas State (now the University of North Texas) in 1956 for Coach Odus Mitchell. As a starting running back in 1958 & 1959, he led North Texas to a 16-4-1 record while rushing for 1,864 career yards & 25 TDs. In 1960, Haynes earned Rookie of the Year honors with the AFL's Dallas Texans. That season he led league in rushing with 875 yards and averaged 15.4 yards in punt returns. Haynes would go on to set AFL records for TDs in a game (5), TDs in a season (19) and career TDs (46). In his eight professional seasons with the Dallas Texans (1960-1963), Kansas City Chiefs (1963-1964), Denver Broncos (1965-1966), Miami Dolphins (1967) & New York Jets (1967) he had 4,630 career rushing yards & 12,065 combined total yards. He is also a member of the North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame (1986) and the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame (1991). Haynes has spent the last 15 years promoting Heroes of Football to benefit former pro football players who suffer from disabilities. Haynes is a member of the TSHOF Class of 2007.