Five Rings Not Good Enough for Canton

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Five Super Bowl Rings —  over 100 sacks — two All-Pro teams. But no Canton.

Why is Charles Haley on the outside looking in when it comes to the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

Haley was a 4th round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 1986, and made an immediate impact his rookie year by recording a team-high 12 sacks and forcing four fumbles.    

He also led the team in sacks in both the 1988 and 1989 Super Bowl-winning seasons.

Dallas’ defensive ranking improved from #17 the year before to #5 when Haley arrived in 1992, and they ranked in the top three every year he was there. When he retired in 1996, the Cowboys’ defense dropped to a middle-of-the-road #14.

Former Dallas coaches and teammates have given Haley credit for being one of the key ingredients in the Dallas dynasty of the early 90’s, and for putting them over the top against his former team.

After almost two years off, the 12-4 49ers decided to add Haley to the playoff roster late in the 1998 season. The franchise that gave him the boot after the 1991 season believed that he might be the piece to get them back to the Super Bowl.

Including that playoff stint, he played in 12 NFL seasons and appeared on 10 playoff teams. Haley was a consummate winner in the ultimate team sport.

He played the game with an edge and a nasty streak. Off the field, he had frequent run-ins with coaches, teammates, and the press.

This is the most likely reason that this great NFL player, and pro football’s greatest winner, has no yellow jacket.

In an era when an athlete’s greatness is measured by championships (the “Eli is better than Peyton” crowd or the “Lebron is not an all-time great” crowd), I think it is time for Haley to be standing next to the other greats in Canton.

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7 Responses to “Five Rings Not Good Enough for Canton”

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