Gerald Hayes – Defensive Captain, soon Pro Bowler

Gerald Hayes

Ok so he’s a co-captain and no one has said he’s making the Pro Bowl except him…but congrats to Hayes is well-deserved. The Cardinals team voted for its three captains on Wednesday. The defensive players choose the defensive captain (makes sense I guess), but there was a tie in the voting between Adrian Wilson (Pro Bowl Safety) and our very own Gerald Hayes. Coach Whisenhunt had lots of compliments for Hayes for his conditioning, play and leadership:

Whisenhunt said he is excited to have Hayes in a leadership role.

“It means a lot to him, and I think that’s showing on the field,” Whisenhunt said.

Hayes is coming off a career year after leading the Cardinals with 111 tackles and three interceptions last season.

Whisenhunt said Hayes has been playing better than he had expected and was impressed with the hard work he put in, in trimming down and reshaping his body in the offseason.

Hayes seems to see this as his next step towards being a premier player in the NFL, and he already has his eye on being considered one of the league’s best:

Hayes is coming off a career year after leading the Cardinals with 111 tackles and three interceptions last season.

Hayes said seeing “the big picture” has been his motivation, and he is shooting for a Pro Bowl honor this season.

“Every player should want to be the best at their position and be named the best,” Hayes said.

That all starts of course on Monday night in prime time against the 49ers and Frank Gore, who should be a good early test for the Hayes-led Cardinals defense:

Hayes said they expect the 49ers’ power running game to be in full force with running back Frank Gore scheduled to be in the lineup.

“It’ll be a big test for us, and I’m sure we are going to do pretty good.

That gamecan be seen on ESPN’s Monday Night Football starting at 10:15. Sounds like some of us are going to need to call off of work on Tuesday.

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