Abner Haynes was born in Denton, Texas and graduated from Lincoln High School in Dallas, Texas. After graduating, Haynes continued playing football at North Texas State University where he and his teammate, Leon King, introduced integrated college football to Texas in 1956.
Haynes made his debut in the American Football League in 1960 with the Dallas Texans and was named the AFL Rookie of the Year, the AP AFL MVP, and the UPI AFL MVP all during his first season. Abner Haynes played eight seasons in the American Football League, with the Dallas Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, and New York Jets before retiring.
Between the years of 1960 and 1964, Haynes was a 4x AFL All-Star selection, a 3x TSN All-AFL selection, and 4x All-Pro selection. He is now a part of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame, and North Texas Hall of Fame. Abner Haynes was named to the AFL’s All-Time Second Team.