Phil Haynes was born on October 19, 1995 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is an offensive guard for the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL.
He initially attended North Raleigh Christian Academy and started out as a basketball player. He transferred to Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, Virginia after his junior year in order to re-classify and gain an extra season of eligibility. He joined the football team at Virginia Episcopal and attracted the attention of college recruiters, ultimately committing to play college football at Wake Forest despite playing one year of football. Since he had already reclassified as a junior, Haynes moved back to Raleigh and took extra courses at William G. Enloe High School in order to enter Wake Forest with his original class.
Haynes spent five total seasons as a member of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. He started at right tackle as a redshirt freshman before moving to left guard for his final three seasons. He was named third team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) after his redshirt junior season and entered his redshirt senior year on the 2018 Outland Trophy watchlist. Over the course of his collegiate career, Haynes started 47 games for the Demon Deacons.
Haynes was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round (124th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. He was placed on the reserve/PUP list to start the season while recovering from sports hernia surgery. Hayes was activated from the PUP list on November 5, 2019. After not appearing in a game during the regular season, Haynes made his NFL debut on January 5, 2020 in the Wildcard round of the postseason against the Philadelphia Eagles. On September 7, 2020, Haynes was placed on injured reserve. He was activated on November 18, 2020. He was placed back on injured reserve on December 24, 2020.