Charles Haley Finalist NFL Hall Of Fame
February 5, 2012 by staff
Charles Haley Finalist NFL Hall Of Fame, Charles Lewis Haley (born January 6, 1964) is a former American football linebacker and defensive end in the National Football League who played for the San Francisco 49ers (1986-1991, 1998-1999) and the Dallas Cowboys (1992-1996). He was drafted in the fourth round of the 1986 NFL Draft out of James Madison University.
A versatile defensive player, Haley began his career as a specialty outside linebacker, eventually progressing to pass-rusher and finally full-fledged defensive end. Haley had the reputation of being a volatile and unpredictable yet exceptionally talented and hardworking player.
In his 12 NFL seasons, Haley recorded 100.5 quarterback sacks, two interceptions (nine return yards), and eight fumble recoveries, which he returned for nine yards and a touchdown. He was also selected to play in five Pro Bowls (1988, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995) and was named NFL All-Pro in 1990 and 1994.
Haley’s supporters, who included the late Bill Walsh, believe his personal accomplishments, especially his record five Super Bowl rings, make him worthy of induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. However, his history of obscene, violent, and mutinous behavior during his playing days has not helped his candidacy. He was one of the fifteen finalists in 2010 and 2011; however, he was not selected.
He was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
On August 19, 2011, Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys announced that Haley will be enshrined into the prestigious Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor on November 11, 2011.
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