Ennis Haywood
Date of birth: (1979-12-05)December 5, 1979
Date of death: May 13, 2003(2003-05-13) (aged 23)
Career information
Position(s): Running back
College: Iowa State
 As player:
2002 Dallas Cowboys

Ennis Haywood (December 5, 1979 – May 11, 2003) is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys.

Football careerEdit

Ennis Haywood was a Dallas Carter High School standout for two years. He played college football at Iowa State University. As a junior and again as a senior, Ennis led the Big 12 in rushing in 2000 and 2001, leading the Cyclones to back to back bowl appearances.[1] He ranks fifth on Iowa State's all-time rushing yards list with 2,862 yards and sixth with 27 rushing touchdowns.

He was on the Cowboys practice squad in 2002 before competing for a roster spot in 2003.


Haywood was rushed to the hospital on May 10, 2003 after he fell asleep and began vomiting in his sleep.[citation needed] He was later taken off life support when the family was informed of the Texas hospital law (stating if there is no brain activity after 36 hours, a patient can no longer be on life support).[citation needed] It was later found that a mixture of prescription medications and alcohol played a part in his death.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Haywood was married with two children.


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