Why was Charles Haley not selected to the Hall of Fame?

Feb 1, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Members of the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class pose at the 3rd NFL Honors at Radio Music City Hall. Left off the list was Charles Haley. Front row (from left): Ray Guy and Claude Humphrey and Derrick Brooks. Back row: Aeneas Williams and Andre Reed and Walter Jones. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

I know two weeks have passed since the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class was announced but I still can’t over one thing: how was Charles Haley not voted into Canton?

Let’s start with the obvious: the guy won five Super Bowls. Five Super Bowl rings is more than any player in the history of the NFL. It’s not like he just happened to be on a roster for five different years where his team won the Super Bowl but he was extremely instrumental in helping his teams accomplish their goals of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.

Some have won rings as a player and coach but Haley is the only person to win five rings as a player, and we’re not likely to see anyone break that record anytime soon.

May 4, 2012; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys former player Charles Haley on the field during rookie mini camp at Dallas Cowboys headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Haley spent a total of years with the San Francisco 49ers, the team that drafted him in 1986. He played for the Niners from 1986 until 1991 where he helped his team win Super Bowls XXIII and XXIV in the 1988 and 1989 seasons. He was then traded to the Dallas Cowboys in 1992 and it was there where he added hardware to his collection, helping the Cowboys win Super Bowls XXVII, XXVIII and XXX in the 1992, 1993 and 1995 seasons.

Following Super Bowl XXX, Haley retired from football but made a brief comeback for the 49ers in the 1998 playoffs and remained on the team the following season.

When all said and done, Haley’s 12-year career saw him record 100.5 sacks, eight fumble recoveries and two interceptions. He was also name to five Pro Bowls and earned two NFL All-Pro honors.

I’m pretty sure we’ve all heard discussion as to whether or not there’s a bias against America’s Team when it comes to voting the Cowboys into the Hall of Fame. I’m not saying there is for sure but one has to wonder seeing as guys like wide receiver Drew Pearson and others aren’t in there. It’s hard to argue that considering Larry Allen and Bill Parcells, two former Cowboys were inducted into the Hall last year but just knowing Haley didn’t make it has to make one wonder how much legitimacy there is to this theory.

Hopefully one day Canton will give Haley a call with good news that he has voted in but until that day comes he’s at least a member of the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor. Oh, and in case you’re not aware, he won five Super Bowls.

Topics: Charles Haley, Dallas Cowboys, Pro Football Hall Of Fame, San Francisco 49ers

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  • Old Frog

    Why isn’t Lawrence Taylor in the HOF? The voters focus on more than just accomplishments on the field. Being an appropriate role model as well as media friendly is also important if you want to wear that gold jacket.

    • JoeDaBeast

      You are joking, right? LT went into the Hall in ’99.

      Even though Haley won more rings with the Cowboys, I’d alway consider him a 49er, before I’d consider him a Cowboy.

      • Old Frog

        oops. Meant to say why not in the HOF sooner?

  • Keith Ranson

    Simple Explanation: Graft And Corruption – More Reasons Why Writers Have No Business Deciding Who Gets In And Who Dosen’t; Chances Are, The Mara Family BOUGHT Clown-ass Strahan, Who Has Absolutely NO HOF Cred Whatsoever, His Induction.

    • JoeDaBeast

      I guess all of the sacks Strahan received were all gift wrapped like Brett Farve did on the record breaking sack. Sound a bit jilted, maybe.

      • Keith Ranson

        Fact Of The Matter Is, Strahan Was Half A Sack Short Of The Actual Sack Record(Set In 1977 By The Late Harvey Martin,Who Should Already Be In) And All Strahan Has Is One FAKE Championship,Compared To Haley’s Five LEGIT Championships; Jilted Isn’t The Word For Somebody Getting Passed Over For An Honor That Belongs To Him, And Given To Someone Who Has Not EARNED It.

        • JoeDaBeast

          How is the Championship fake? Because an out of the ordinary play?

          And since you seem upset that someone else kept stats on something the NFL didn’t recognize, then how many decades did you do back and register sacks for the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s.

  • Michael Stenger

    It’s a popularity contest, just like Pro Bowl voting. All the best and most deserving players aren’t always selected.

    • Keith Ranson

      Either That Changes,Or The Hall Will Just Continue To Be tarnished By Those Who Haven’t Earned It.

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