Ayers was drafted in 2016 by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round, 229th overall. He was assigned to the team’s practice squad in the fall but was promoted to the active roster in December. He got his first start towards the end of the season against the Cleveland Browns, catching 5 passes for 44 yards and 1 touchdown. The following season he was released. Ayers also briefly spent time with both the New England Patriots and Chicago Bears. Ayers then played for the San Antonio Commanders of the AAF before the league ceased operations. In the XFL’s 2020 Draft, Ayers was selected by the New York Guardians. He was waived before the season began. Since February of 2020 Ayers has been an on again, off again practice squad member of the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders. He is a multi-faceted, exciting football player who is dangerous as a wideout, kick returner, rusher, or even throwing passes. Ayers is yet another dynamic player on the Pirates 2021 roster.
In 2015, as a senior at Houston, Ayers was electrifying. His 98 receptions were good for sixth nationally and his 1,222 yards receiving ranked him eighteenth. Ayers started all 14 games for the Cougars and was named First-Team American Athletic Conference both as a wide receiver and a return specialist. He finished his college career with over 1,600 kickoff return yards and took a punt back 73 yards for a score against UCF. In Ayers’ final game for Houston, the Chick-Fil-A Bowl against Florida State, he grabbed a game-high 9 passes for 82 yards, rushed 6 times for 17 yards, and tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass. Ayers was also on the Biletnikoff Award watch list in ‘15.
Ayers made 8 starts in 2014 and caught 33 passes for 335 yards with two scores. He had 33 kickoff returns for 592 yards, averaging over 17 yards per attempt. Ayers was a preseason All-AAC selection. In 2013 Ayers was Houston’s starting kick returner, 37 returns for 1,021 yards including a 95-yard touchdown against BYU. He was named AAC’s Special Teams Player of the Year. Ayers’ first career reception at Houston was a 26-yard touchdown against Rutgers.
A three-star athlete in high school, Ayers helped lead his team to the state’s title game with 1,337 yards rushing on 182 carries while scoring 16 touchdowns. He is entering his age-26 season for Massachusetts.