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.
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.