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Casey Hayward graduates from Vanderbilt

Posted by Mike Spofford on May 13, 2013 – 3:54 pm

Casey HaywardPackers CB Casey Hayward hasn’t slowed down much since his rookie season ended.

Shortly after the Packers were eliminated from the playoffs last January, Hayward returned to Vanderbilt University for his final semester of college, and Hayward graduated last week with his degree in sociology.

Needing just 13 hours, including one more class in his major, to finish his degree, Hayward decided not to wait to go back to school. Having skipped the last semester he needed to graduate in order to go through the pre-draft process last year, Hayward didn’t want to put it off any longer.

“I wasn’t sure when I was going to go back, but if I waited another year, (the chances) were going to be slimmer than me just going back this first year,” Hayward said.

“I had definitely promised myself. I was too close not to finish my degree. I was only 13 hours away. I promised a lot of people I’d come back, but it was mainly a commitment to myself.”

Through independent study arrangements with his professors, Hayward was able to return to Green Bay for the start of offseason workouts last month while continuing to complete his coursework.

The Packers’ leader in interceptions last season with six, a total that was best among all NFL rookies, Hayward finished third in defensive rookie of the year voting in 2012. A second-round draft pick, he has laid a foundation for a potentially long and lucrative career in the league, but he didn’t let that get in the way of finishing something he had started.

“Because at the end of the day, you never know what’s going to happen,” he said. “Hopefully I do play a long time, but I’ll always have something to fall back on. I’ll still have to work a little bit when football is over.”

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9 Responses to “Casey Hayward graduates from Vanderbilt”

  1. By Rick on May 13, 2013 | Reply

    Good work. Congratulations.

  2. By shawn on May 13, 2013 | Reply

    Like what ur doing keep it up.GO Pack Go!!!!!!

  3. By Kimm on May 13, 2013 | Reply

    Congrats! Shows a lot of maturity. Good for him and the Pack.

  4. By Ryan Biersack on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    Reblogged this on Go Deep and commented:
    Great post about possibly my new favorite CB Casey Hayward. Orginally Posted at

  5. By Jerry Griep on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    Outstanding job Casey. I’m gald you felt it was important to get your degree.

  6. By Mike on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    Great job Casey! The NFL is now but an education is forever.

  7. By llama on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    Fall back on sociology degree? The Vanderbilt finance department thanks you for your donation.

  8. By AL NEUBAUER on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    Great job and now back and practice.

  9. By emelle on May 16, 2013 | Reply

    Casey, you are a champion on and off the field. You are a great representative of Vandy and we love you!

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