The Nittany Lion junior wanted to take part. But he is just finishing up his rehab after sustaining a torn right ACL in the Wisconsin game last season, and the training staff forbid him from competing at LFL.
But he showed up to cheer on his teammates and sign autographs for fans. He also took a few minutes to do a Q&A session with us.
Check it out below:
In the meantime, you can also check out how Hayes held up the first time he tackled the challenge at LFL 2005.