|No. 96 Dallas Cowboys|
|Date of birth:||February 4, 1986|
|Place of birth:||Hartland, Wisconsin|
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|NFL draft:||2008 / Round: 6 / Pick: 181|
|Career highlights and awards|
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|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Nick Hayden (born February 4, 1986) is an American football defensive tackle who currently plays for the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Panthers in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Wisconsin.
Hayden attended Arrowhead High School, before accepting a scholarship to play football for the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In college he started the final 39 games of his career, registering 132 tackles, 10 sacks, one forced fumble, 6 fumble recoveries (third most in school history), 6 passes defensed and 2 blocked kicks.
He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers. In 2010, he started 10 games at left defensive tackle and registered 51 tackles, one sack, 2 quarterback pressures and one pass defensed. He was waived on September 3, 2011.
Hayden signed as a free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals on December 7, 2011, and played in two games before being declared inactive for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs. The next year he suffered a high ankle sprained in the last preseason game and was waived injured on August 31.
After not playing in 2012, he was signed to a futures contract by the Dallas Cowboys on February 10, 2013, to provide depth in training camp. The many injuries the team experienced in the defensive line allowed him to move up the depth chart and be named the team starter at left defensive tackle. Hayden proved to be a reliable player by starting all 16 games an playing solid against the run. He finished the year with the most tackles (51) and snaps (821) registered by a Cowboys defensive lineman. He also had 16 quarterback pressures, 2 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one touchdown.
In 2014, he again started 16 games and led the team's defensive linemen with 54 tackles, while also registering 4 tackles for loss (tied for second on the team), 8 quarterback pressures and 2 passes defensed.
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- "Nick Hayden Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 25 March 2014.