Mike Haynes salutes late Fairbanks

Hall of Fame cornerback says former Patriots coach 'took me under his wing'

Updated: April 3, 2013, 8:38 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Mike Haynes would ultimately land in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, even though that seemed unlikely in his initial practices with the New England Patriots. Haynes remembers early struggles and what Chuck Fairbanks said to him as if it were yesterday, not 1976.

"He took me under his wing as a rookie; I didn't have the greatest start, but I finished pretty strong, mainly because of the conversations I had with him," Haynes recalled Tuesday night. "He helped me understand the pros, the learning ...

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