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Saturday, January 7, 2012
Bill Parcells, Charles Haley among HOF finalists

By Tim MacMahon

Former defensive end Charles Haley and coach Bill Parcells are the men with Cowboys ties who made survived the cut to 17 Hall of Fame finalists, including two senior nominees.

This is the third consecutive year that Haley, the only player in NFL history to earn five Super Bowl rings, made the list of finalists. Haley, who is in his eighth year of Hall of Fame eligibility, did not make the cut to 10 candidates last year. The discussion on Haley during the seven-hour, 25-minute selection meeting lasted only six minutes.

One reason Jerry Jones put Haley, who played for the 49ers the majority of his career, in the Ring of Honor despite only a five-year tenure with the Cowboys is because Jones wanted to send a strong message to the Hall of Fame selection committee.

Parcells, who coached the Cowboys from 2003-06, is technically in his first year of Hall of Fame eligibility. However, he was a finalist in 2001 and 2002, which was before the Hall of Fame bylaws required a coach to be retired for five years to be considered. Parcells oversaw the turnaround of four NFL franchises has an overall record of 183-138-1, winning two Super Bowls with the New York Giants.

Former Raiders receiver Tim Brown, who graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, is also a finalist again.