Dallas Cowboys: Charles Haley

Jerry Jones' top five moments

February, 27, 2014
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IRVING, Texas -- Tuesday marked the 25th anniversary of Jerry Jones’ purchase of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Stadium for $140 million.

The highs have been high, but the lows have been low, especially since the Cowboys last won a Super Bowl in the 1995 season.

Here we will look at Jones’ top five moments as the Cowboys' owner and general manager while realizing that a large segment of the fandom will not give him any credit for what happened in the early years when Jimmy Johnson was around.

1. How do you like those Super Bowls?

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AP Photo/Charles KrupaOwner Jerry Jones and coach Jimmy Johnson celebrate their 30-13 win over Buffalo in Super Bowl XXVIII on Jan. 30, 1994, in Atlanta.
The Cowboys won three titles in Jones’ first seven years as owner. They became the first team to win three Super Bowls in a four-year span, becoming the team of the 1990s with the Triplets -- Michael Irvin, Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith -- becoming household names. The Cowboys beat the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII by a combined score of 82-30. They claimed Super Bowl XXX with Barry Switzer as coach by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17, exacting some revenge for the ‘70s Cowboys who could not beat Terry Bradshaw & Co.

2. Hiring Jimmy Johnson

Jones expressed regret Sunday about the rushed nature of firing legendary coach Tom Landry, but there is no doubt he made the right decision in bringing his former college teammate Johnson with him to the Cowboys. Johnson was the best coach in college football at the time at the University of Miami and brought a brashness that took the NFL by storm. The Cowboys suffered greatly in 1989 by going 1-15, but by Johnson’s second year they were competing for a playoff spot in the final week of the season and winning a playoff game by the third year. By Year No. 4, Johnson had his first of two straight Super Bowl wins. It ended badly between Jones and Johnson, wrecking what could have been a history-making era because of the egos of the owner and the coach.

3. The trade of all trades

This is where the Jimmy and Jerry camps will always be divided. If you were a Jimmy guy, he engineered the trade of Herschel Walker to the Minnesota Vikings. If you were a Jerry guy, he had the final say. Regardless of who you want to credit, the moment is in Jones’ era as owner and is among his biggest moments. The Walker trade brought about the formation of the Super Bowl teams. The Cowboys received five players and eight picks, turning those picks into Smith, Alvin Harper, Dixon Edwards and Darren Woodson. It might be the best trade in NFL history.

4. A new home

At $2.1 billion, there is no stadium like AT&T Stadium. This will be the monument Jones leaves whenever he is no longer the owner and general manager of the team. To get the stadium built, Jones acquiesced to a degree by bringing in Bill Parcells as coach in 2003 after three straight 5-11 finishes. With Parcells and the coach’s two Super Bowl wins, Jones could show people he was serious about winning and changing his ways. The stadium is unmatched in the NFL, if not the world, with its nightclub-type feel, center-hung digital board, retractable roof and sliding doors. The Cowboys might not have the same home-field advantage they had at Texas Stadium, but the stadium has delivered a Super Bowl, an NBA All-Star Game, numerous concerts and the upcoming Final Four.

5. Trading for Charles Haley

Again, this will divide the Jimmy and Jerry camps, but Haley was the piece to the puzzle who got the Cowboys over the top. It weakened the Cowboys’ biggest rival at the time, the San Francisco 49ers, and brought the Dallas defense an attitude it lacked. The signing of Deion Sanders in 1995 also weakened the Niners, but Haley brought two titles -- if not the third, as well. The drafting of Smith, No. 17 overall, was another top moment with him becoming the NFL’s all-time leading rusher. But Haley’s arrival brought to Dallas what the fans want most: Super Bowls.

Five Wonders: Can Dallas go deep in '14?

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IRVING, Texas -- Not necessarily by popular demand, but Five Wonders is back and we'll look at a number of issues the Dallas Cowboys face in the offseason.

On to the Wonders:
  • I wonder how different the Cowboys' offense will look in 2014 with the addition of Scott Linehan. He will call the plays, but they will be Jason Garrett's plays in the pass game and Bill Callahan's plays in the run game. If there is a change, I wonder if it will be in the deep passing game. He was unafraid to take shots down the field. That's easy to do when you have a receiver like Calvin Johnson and a quarterback with an arm like Matthew Stafford. The Cowboys did not force the issue down the field with the 51-48 loss to the Denver Broncos as the only real exception. Tony Romo averaged a career low 7.2 yards per attempt in 2013. As an offensive line coach, was Callahan protecting his guys from having to hold the fort a little longer by not calling the deep ball as much? Was Romo protecting himself in some ways because he has taken a beating in recent years with an offensive line that had too many holes? Maybe it's partly both. Linehan will have to boost the confidence in the deep passing game to make a real difference.
  • I wonder if the Cowboys look at extending Doug Free's contract. He is set to make $3.5 million in 2014 and the final two years of his deal voids after the season. Free, who had a bounce back season in 2013, will count $6.520 million against the cap and if the Cowboys choose to extend Free, they would gain cap space as well as have one of their tackles in place for 2015 and beyond. The Cowboys will have to make it worth Free's while after they cut his pay in half the last two seasons. He will be under no obligation to get do something “team friendly,” but he is not in a hurry to leave. He just turned 30 last month and is entering his eighth season. His backup, Jermey Parnell, is about to enter the final year of his deal. He was supposed to press Free in training camp last summer, but he never did in part because Free never really allowed it.
  • As you look at what the Cowboys might do in the May draft, I wonder if just how much you should keep an eye on wide receiver. I would almost guarantee Miles Austin will not be back with a $5.5 million base salary in 2014. With Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams the Cowboys would have to feel good about their top two receivers. I wonder if they would look at a receiver in the third round, like they did last year in taking Williams. Or I wonder if they will look for a veteran that is not looking to break the bank. Somebody like New Orleans' Robert Meachem comes to mind. If the Cowboys lost Bryant or Williams to injury, then they would need to have receiver ready to be a No. 2 receiver, like how Laurent Robinson filled in a few years ago.
  • Last year was the year of the hamstring injury for the Cowboys. Austin, Justin Durant, Sean Lee, Bruce Carter, Morris Claiborne, Gavin Escobar, Dwayne Harris, Danny McCray, Ernie Sims, J.J. Wilcox and Williams were among those troubled by varying hamstring injuries last year. Jason Garrett said the Cowboys continually looked at the reasons why. They studied how much they stretched, what they ate, what they drank. The Cowboys had players wearing GPS-like monitors in practice to gain different measurements. I wonder if the Cowboys practiced too long as the year went on. Garrett liked to say you don't want to leave it all on the practice field during the week, but could they have been in a position where they practiced so much in the week they were gassed for the game?
  • Sometimes patience is required when it comes to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I wonder if that will serve Charles Haley well. Haley was once again left off the final ballots of the voters, but that doesn't mean he will not get in. Not to go all Garrett on you, but it is a process. In the last two years we've seen the receiver logjam break with Cris Carter and Andre Reed getting selected. That could be good news for Tim Brown in 2015. Haley has seen defensive linemen Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan get selected the last two years. Maybe next year is his turn and if it is, then nobody will remember all the years it took him to make it to Canton, Ohio, and his gold jacket will be the same as every other Hall of Famer. The voters have a difficult job. I'm not of the belief Haley's conduct toward the media has played a role in his lack of support so far. Sapp was hardly the friendliest player and he got in. It will happen for Haley, one day.
You sit back and try to figure this out.

Charles Haley is a man who won five Super Bowls with two different teams. He won two with the San Francisco 49ers and three with the Dallas Cowboys. Haley wasn't some scout-team player backing up an elite player.

Haley wasn't some starter that was taken off the field on certain downs.

Haley was an every-down pass-rush specialist who dominated games. Yet, Haley was denied entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

It's really sad. This is Haley's fifth time being a finalist, and it's difficult to understand why he can't get in.

Let's review the stats of the matter: Haley's teams won 153 of 219 games. In 12 seasons he was part of 10 division titles, seven NFC title games, and of course, five Super Bowls.

He was a five-time Pro Bowler and named to the All-Pro team twice. In his career, Haley had 100.5 sacks.

Those are the numbers from an impressive resume.

Now, let's review the intangibles.

Haley changed the balance of power in the NFC when the 49ers tired of his antics and traded him to the Dallas Cowboys.

Getting Haley meant Dallas defensive end Jim Jeffcoat was either out of a job or had to come off the bench.

If you don't believe Haley made a major difference, this is what Jeffcoat said in the book "Boys Will Be Boys" about the Cowboys' dynasty in the 1990s, after hearing the Cowboys acquired Haley: "The more I thought about it, the more excited I became. Charles was a great player who needed to start, and I was comfortable being a sixth man. If anything, it would extend my career."

Jerry Jones' teams needed a defensive presence to go along with the Triplets. Haley was it. He was the driving force behind what the Cowboys needed. Haley won Super Bowls with a driving personality that can turn you off.

His antics are legendary and just embarrassing.

However, there is no disputing what he meant to a football team.

But I hope Haley's issues in the the locker room, and there were many, didn't affect voters on Saturday.

It's just hard to believe a man with his resume would get bypassed for the Hall of Fame.

There are eight Hall of Famers with more sacks than Haley. Does that mean they're better than him?

You can't tell me Rickey Jackson (128) and Derrick Thomas (126.5) were more dominant than Haley. Chris Doleman is fourth all-time in sacks with 150.5.

Is Haley better than him?

Simeon Rice (122) and Clyde Simmons (121.5) are not in the Hall and most likely will never get there. Rice is a three-time Pro Bowler and went five consecutive seasons with double-digit sacks. You can't tell me Haley isn't better than him.

Maybe one day, Haley will walk across the stage in Canton, Ohio.

One day.

Charles Haley a finalist again

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced 15 finalists on Thursday night. Defensive end Charles Haley, who won three Super Bowls with the Cowboys, was named a finalist for the fifth time.

Haley recorded double-digit sacks in six seasons and was a two-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler.

It was Haley's move to the Cowboys from the 49ers that shifted the balance of power in the NFC in the 1990s.

Dallas native wide receiver Tim Brown was also named a finalist for the fifth time. Brown, a nine-time Pro Bowler, ranks fifth in NFL history in all-purpose yards, sixth in receiving yards and fifth in catches. Brown played with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders and Tampa Bay.

The Class of 2014 will be announced Feb. 1 in New York.

The modern-era finalists are as follows: Morten Andersen, Jerome Bettis, Derrick Brooks, Brown, Edward DeBartolo, Tony Dungy, Kevin Greene, Haley, Marvin Harrison, Walter Jones, John Lynch, Andre Reed, Will Shields, Michael Strahan and Aeneas Williams.

Current, former Cowboys mix at practice

August, 22, 2013
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- One of the reasons why Jason Garrett likes to have a training camp practice at AT&T Stadium is for the current players to mix and mingle with the former players and learn the history of the Dallas Cowboys franchise.

Cliff Harris spoke at the dinner following the two-hour practice and was one of six members of the Ring of Honor in attendance, along with Roger Staubach, Lee Roy Jordan, Rayfield Wright, Mel Renfro and Charles Haley.

Players representing every era of Cowboys’ football were on hand, as well, including Butch Johnson, Jay Novacek, Billy Joe DuPree, John Fitzgerald and Ken Hamlin.

“I want to get my helmet and go through some of these exercises with some of these guys,” said Wright, a Hall-of-Fame offensive tackle who played for the Cowboys from 1967-80.

Wright was looking forward to talking to some of the offensive lineman at the dinner.

“There’s just little techniques that you could communicate with some of the young guys,” Wright said. “We have the talent, skills and ability. These guys have great talent. They’re a lot bigger than we were when I played the game. But they have great talent and if I had the opportunity to sit down and just talk to some of these guys on a personal, one-on-one level, it would be fantastic for me.”

No Ring of Honor inductees set yet

August, 16, 2013
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OXNARD, Calif. -- Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he has not planned to add a player to the Ring of Honor this season.

That doesn’t mean things won’t change.

“I can and I have thought about it this early, but it’s not necessary to think about,” Jones said. “We’ve had inductees in the Ring of Honor when we didn’t address it until after the season started, and we’ve had them when we thought about it the year before. It’s gone both ways. But at this point we don’t have (one) set.”

Drew Pearson, Charles Haley and Larry Allen were the most recent inductees, going up on Nov. 6, 2011.

Who will be the next player or players?

I would put Darren Woodson in there.

5 Wonders: More on Tony Romo sitting

August, 6, 2013
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OXNARD, Calif. – One preseason game is in the books and four remain, but there are plenty of things to wonder about.

So on it is to our third training camp installment of Five Wonders:

** On the grand schemes of things Tony Romo not playing a series against Miami is not that big of a deal. With issues on the offensive line and Romo’s lack of offseason work because of the back surgery, the team thought it was wiser to sit the quarterback against the Dolphins. Well, I wonder what they were thinking about in 2010 and ’11 when they didn’t sit Romo with offensive line issues when he had to play more. In 2010 at San Diego, Robert Brewster had to play right tackle with Marc Colombo and Alex Barron hurt, but Romo played four series. In 2011, the Cowboys made the decision to part ways with center Andre Gurode before they played at Minnesota and had undrafted rookie Kevin Kowalski start with Phil Costa out. It was the first time Romo took a snap from Kowalski all summer. And Kowalski was the third rookie to start that night with Bill Nagy and Tyron Smith. There was no worry that night either. Again, it’s not a huge deal that Romo didn’t play against Miami, but it’s just notable given what happened in recent history.

** Now that Larry Allen has been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Charles Haley figures to be the next Cowboy to make it. Haley has been a finalist the last few years and the feeling among voters is that the question is “when” not “if” Haley will make it. But I wonder who will be the next Cowboy to take up a lifetime residence in Canton, Ohio. Perhaps Chuck Howley, Lee Roy Jordan, Cliff Harris and Drew Pearson get a look from the Veterans Committee. But what of the more-recent era Cowboys? Darren Woodson should gain consideration but the safety position has never been a popular pick among the voters. Woodson was covering slot receivers before it was fashionable for safeties to do so. He was truly ahead of his time in some ways. I’m not sure there is another 90s Era player that will get a look, but Jerry Jones will be in there one day. Maybe soon too.

** Forever, it seems, the Cowboys have found success stories in undrafted free agents: Romo, Miles Austin, Stephen Bowen and Dan Bailey are among the more recent vintage. But I wonder if there will be one undrafted free agent to make the team this year. Really. The leader would appear to be linebacker Brandon Magee, who could become a big part of the special teams’ units. Even those who haven’t seen Eric Rogers play a snap seem to think he can be Keyshawn Johnson, but the Cal Lutheran product has a lot of work to do in earning a spot. Safety Jeff Heath has been an under-the-radar guy and Jakar Hamilton, who received $10,000 to sign, has yet to make a mark in camp. There is a lot of time to make a push but right now there isn’t a lock yet.

** It’s hard to gauge just how interested the Cowboys are in Brian Waters. They know he is available, but they haven’t really put the full-court press on him just yet. Maybe they wanted to see Ronald Leary in a game before going ahead with it. But if they are going to sign Waters, I wonder if it’s too late. He did not take part in an offseason program last year and did not sign with a team. He was not with a team this offseason either. What kind of shape is he in? If the Cowboys bring Waters in, it’s not for a workout. It’s to sign him. He signed with New England in 2011 a week before the season started and ended up in the Pro Bowl. But in players’ years, that could be a lifetime ago.

** Let’s close with a game involving a 53-man roster projection. I wonder if the final spot or two comes down to a seventh linebacker, fourth running back, a 10th offensive linemen, a sixth wide receiver or a ninth defensive lineman? If that’s the case, then Magee, Phillip Tanner, Darrion Weems, Anthony Armstrong, Tim Benford, Eric Rogers or a George Selvie are fighting for one or two spots right now. Right now, I’m not sure the ninth or 10th offensive lineman is on the roster. Armstrong has had a really good camp and his speed separates him from some others. Selvie could be insurance for Anthony Spencer being banged up and helped himself with Sunday’s two-sack effort. Tanner also helped his cause. Based on what Tanner, Selvie and Armstrong did against Miami, it looks like the Cowboys will have a decision to make as opposed to trying to find players to keep.

Jones on Allen: "The best of the very best"

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Larry Allen was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

Allen spent the bulk of his career with the Dallas Cowboys and is a beloved figure around Valley Ranch. Allen attends numerous Cowboys practices and works with the offensive linemen.

"Larry is one of the greatest players in Cowboys history, and arguably the very best guard to ever play the game," Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said in a statement. "He was obviously a special talent, but the fierceness and tenacity that he brought to the field separated him from the rest of the pack. I have never been more proud of anyone who has reached the Pro Football Hall Fame. Larry Allen represents the best of the very best."

Allen, along with Charles Haley and Drew Pearson, were placed into the Cowboys' Ring of Honor this past season.

Charles Haley misses the cut again

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What more does Charles Haley have to do?

The man has won five Super Bowl titles, three with the Dallas Cowboys and two with the San Francisco 49ers. When he left the 49ers for the Cowboys, it changed the power structure of the NFC.

Somehow, Haley wasn't elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

Instead, two other men with Cowboys' ties, Larry Allen and Bill Parcells, will get to make a speech in Canton, Ohio.

What about Haley?

He finished his career with 100.5 career sacks, was a five-time Pro Bowler and a first-team All-Pro twice. A dominant force.

Haley has been a finalist for the Hall of Fame four times, including this year, but has never garnered enough votes to get in.

Maybe it's just hard for pass-rushers. Michael Strahan, a seven-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro with 141.5 sacks, was a finalist in his first year of eligibility but didn't get the call, either.

"To see a Charles Haley and a Michael Strahan not make it tells you the strength of this class," said Rick Gosselin, a columnist for the Dallas Morning News, who is a Hall of Fame voter, on NFL Network. "We left behind five people that could be next year's Hall of Fame class. That's how tough this process is."

We believe at some point Haley will get voted in. His off-the-field issues probably stain his name with some voters, but there's no question his impact on the game.

"When you have guys at the same position, this is the way I feel, Michael Strahan and Charles Haley, both deserved to go into the Hall of Fame," said Jim Trotter, another Hall of Fame voter who writes for Sports Illustrated. "So when I look at that, what I say to myself is how do I separate them if I believe they're both Hall of Fame players? In my mind, what I do, whether your believe it's fair or not, I say what's the pecking order? Who's been waiting the longest. In my mind, I voted Charles Haley first simply because he's been waiting so long, and that does not mean I don't believe Michael Strahan is a Hall of Famer, because I do. You have to have some sort of something to try and separate and figure out this process."

Allen, Parcells selected for HOF

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Larry Allen and Bill Parcells have been selected as part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013.

The committee discussed Parcells for close to an hour, Rick Gosselin of Sports Illustrated told NFL Network.

Charles Haley, a member of the Cowboys from 1992-96, was among the final 10 candidates.

Allen played for Dallas from 1994-2005 and San Francisco from 2006-07. He was named a first-team All-Pro seven straight years.

Parcells coached the Cowboys from 2003-06. Took four teams to the playoffs, winning two Super Bowls with the New York Giants.

The class also includes receiver Cris Carter, defensive tackle Curley Culp, tackle Jonathan Ogden, linebacker Dave Robinson and defensive tackle Warren Sapp.

Stay tuned to ESPN.com for continuing coverage.

Larry Allen among Hall of Fame finalists

January, 11, 2013
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Former Dallas Cowboys guard Larry Allen is among the 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which was announced on Friday morning.

Joining Allen were three other first-year eligible nominees in Jonathan Ogden, Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan.

The selection committee will make its final choices for the Hall of Fame on Feb. 2 in New Orleans.

Allen isn't alone among former Cowboys' players eligible for the Hall of Fame. Pass-rusher Charles Haley, in his ninth year of eligibility, has also been named a finalist. Former Cowboys coach Bill Parcells is a finalists as well.

The other finalists are: Jerome Bettis, Dallas native Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Edward DeBartolo Jr., Kevin Greene, Art Modell, Andre Reed, Will Shields and Aeneas Williams.

Along with the 15 modern-era finalists are two senior nominees in former Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Oilers defensive tackle Curley Culp and former Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins linebacker Dave Robinson.
IRVING, Texas -- Former Dallas Cowboys guard Larry Allen is among six first-year eligible candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013 it was announced on Friday.

Joining Allen, who played for the Cowboys from 1994-to-2005, among the first-year eligible candidates are kicker Morten Andersen, safety John Lynch, tackle Jonathan Ogden, defensive tackle Warren Sapp and defensive end Michael Strahan.

There were also 27 semifinalists named including former Cowboys pass rusher Charles Haley. Haley has been eligible for the Hall of Fame for eight years and named a finalist three times. He played with Dallas from 1992-to-1996.

Former Cowboys coach Bill Parcells is also a semifinalist for the second time. Parcells coached New England, New York Jets and Giants and the Cowboys during his career. He coached Dallas from 2003-to-2006.

The 27 semifinalists will be reduced to 15 modern-era finalists. That list increases to 17 finalist nominees with the inclusion of the two candidates from the seniors committee.

The results of the modern-era vote to 15 finalists will be announced in January.
DALLAS – Former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson, whose coaching philosophy was always to treat every player differently, has no issue with the Cowboys holding Dez Bryant to a strict, personalized set of rules.

The question is whether Bryant, a talented receiver who has just scratched the surface of his potential in his first two NFL seasons, is worth the trouble.

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“Time will tell,” Johnson said Wednesday before being the featured speaker at the PwC-SMU Athletic Forum. “I don’t think you can say yes or no right now. Up to this point, we don’t know. He’s just a young guy who hasn’t done it.”

Johnson describes Bryant, who ranked 30th in the NFL with 928 receiving yards and tied for sixth with nine touchdown catches last year, as “an extremely talented player who has underachieved.”

Johnson was adamant that Bryant has to be better, adding that the off-field distractions have likely hampered Bryant’s performance. Johnson acknowledged that Bryant has dealt with some injuries but said “sometimes attitude has to do with whether a guy’s hurt or not.”

“So everybody’s waiting for him to show what he’s capable of doing,” Johnson said.

Johnson, who won two Super Bowl rings with the Cowboys, was famous for being a stern disciplinarian. He often made examples out of bottom-of-the-roster players, such as cutting backup running back Curvin Richards for fumbling.

But Johnson readily admits that he’d have a heck of a lot of patience for a player with Bryant’s immense potential.

Johnson cited Ring of Honor defensive end Charles Haley as an example. When Haley popped his head into the room moments earlier, Johnson gushed that Haley deserved to be in the Hall of Fame.

However, Haley could be a handful to coach, which is why the San Francisco 49ers got fed up with him and traded him to the Cowboys. Johnson and Haley butted heads, very loudly in front of the team a couple of times, but the hassles were well worth it for a player whose addition made the Dallas defense dominant.

“The type of head coach that I was, I was going to go to the very last mile to give him a chance – if they were talented,” Johnson said. “If they weren’t talented, I might not give 'em a second chance.”

Jerry Jones: Ring of Honor additions unlikely

August, 12, 2012
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OXNARD, Calif. – The one-man selection committee for the Ring of Honor is not planning to induct anybody this year.

“It’s probably unlikely that we will, but I haven’t made that decision,” Jones told ESPNDallas.com.

The induction of Drew Pearson, Larry Allen and Charles Haley last year marked the first Ring of Honor class since 2005, when the Triplets of Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith went in together.

There are several former Cowboys who have strong cases for inclusion in the Ring of Honor. The list arguably starts with franchise sacks leader Harvey Martin and Darren Woodson, who holds the franchise record for career tackles.

They’ll have to wait at least another year, unless Jones changes his mind.

Charles Haley, Bill Parcells miss HOF

February, 4, 2012
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IRVING, Texas -- The selections for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame for Charles Haley and Bill Parcells will have to wait at least another year.

Haley and Parcells made it to the final 10 of the voting process but did not get further.

The 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame class consists of Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin and Willie Roaf.

Dallas native Tim Brown did not make it past the final 15.

Haley has been a finalist the last few years and is the only player with five Super Bowl rings. He won two with San Francisco and three with the Cowboys in the 1990s. The Cowboys had hoped that his inclusion in the team’s Ring of Honor would help his Hall of Fame case in 2012.

Haley finished with 100.5 sacks and was named to the Pro Bowl five times with two All-Pro selections.

Parcells coached the Cowboys from 2003-06 and had a 34-30 regular season record. He won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants, took New England to a Super Bowl and is the only coach to take four different teams to the playoffs.

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