Classified a third-year player for 2012, Hayden is in his second season with Cincinnati, looking to claim a spot in D-line rotation ... Joined Bengals late in 2011, playing in two games ... A sixth-round selection by Carolina in the 2008 draft, he played in 10 games with two starts in ’09 and played in 14 games with 10 starts in ’10 ... Logged 85 tackles and 2.0 sacks with Carolina, playing 26 games with 14 starts.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Carolina in sixth round of 2008 NFL Draft (181st overall) ... Signed with Panthers on 7-10-08 ... Waived 8-31-08, and signed 9-1-08 to Panthers practice squad ... Signed to Panthers active roster on 12-20-08 ... Waived by Carolina on 9-3-11 ... Signed with Bengals as free agent on 12-7-11.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2011 - Opened training camp with Carolina ... Waived on Sept. 3 ... Signed Dec. 7 to Bengals roster and played in Games 13-14, logging three tackles (all Dec. 18 at St. Louis) ... Inactive for Games 15-16, and for Wild Card playoff.
2010—Started the last 10 games for Carolina at DT ... Also played in Games 2 and 4-6 ... Inactive for Game 1 and also for Game 3 vs. Bengals ... Logged career-best 51 tackles, with a sack, a pass defensed and two QB pressures ... Shared sack of Todd Collins on Oct. 10 vs. Chicago and deflected a Collins pass that was intercepted by Everette Brown ... Had seven tackles vs. Chicago, which tied with Dec. 12 vs. Atlanta for his season-best ... Also vs. Atlanta, shared sack of Matt Ryan for 13-yard loss.
2009—Played for Carolina in 10 games ... Started in Games 1-2 and 4 ... Inactive for the other six games, including one due to toe injury ... Totaled 31 tackles with one sack ... Had first career solo sack Dec. 6 vs. Tampa Bay, a two-yard drop of Josh Freeman ... Had a career-best nine tackles Dec. 13 at New England.
2008—Drafted by Carolina in sixth round (181st overall) ... Waived Aug. 31, and signed Sept. 1 to Panthers practice squad, where he spent Games 1-14 ... Signed to roster on Dec. 20 and played in Games 15-16 as well as in the one Panthers playoff game, Divisional round 1-10-09 vs. Arizona ... Made NFL debut Dec. 21 at N.Y. Giants ... Started Dec. 28 at New Orleans and posted two tackles and two QB pressures ... One tackle and one QB pressure in playoff game vs. Arizona ... Time on roster was not sufficient for him to gain an accrued year of credit toward free agency.
COLLEGE: Played in 44 games with 39 starts for Wisconsin ... Started 39 consecutive games over has final three seasons ... Totaled 132 tackles, 10.0 sacks, six passes defensed, six fumble recoveries and one forced fumble ... Honorable mention All-Big Ten as a sophomore in 2005, when he led team with 4.5 sacks and led line in tackles (56).
PERSONAL: Hometown is Hartland, Wis. ... Attended Arrowhead High School ... Agricultural journalism major at Wisconsin ... Married (wife Milania) ... Hobbies include video games, hunting and fishing, as well as his two dogs.NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: Hayden did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2008 or ’11 because he was not on a 53-player roster, a Reserve/Injured list or a Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list for the required minimum of six games in either year.
Forget the downtown hotel bars or the Super Bowl Media Center work room or the teams’ headquarters. In the Communications Age when everyone is their own media entity, the center of it all is where all the microphones are and where people simply have to move from table to table to hit someone’s favorite sports talk show from Boston to Dubuque. You never know who'll see you on radio row.
SAN FRANCISCO - One Hall-of-Fame evaluator said Thursday the NFL’s best team isn’t here at this Super Bowl.
SAN FRANCISCO - This Super Bowl on Sunday (6:30 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) is about grandfathers and big brothers and nephews and beating cancer and winning state titles and favorite Bengals and making the West Side and the East Side proud all around town.
SAN FRANCISCO - They’re getting ready to play Super Bowl 50 about an hour down the road from here on Sunday and the greatest offensive lineman who ever lived is simply pleased to have played in two of them.