Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Charles Haley a finalist again
By Calvin Watkins
On Saturday night in New York, Charles Haley will discover if he's going to be elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Haley is a finalist for a fifth time since his retirement.
Former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan and Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks are favorites to get in from the defensive side.
Could those two men push Haley out?
Haley won five Super Bowls, three with the Cowboys and two with the San Francisco 49ers.
He was a five-time Pro Bowler and a two-time All Pro. Haley was considered one of the top players during his era.
His off-the-field issues, fights with teammates and members of the media, are well-documented, yet, there is no denying how much of an impact he had in the NFC when he joined the Cowboys.
Haley is tied for 28th in league history in sacks with 100.5; eight Hall of Famers are ahead of him in sack totals. Kevin Greene and Strahan have more sacks than Haley, and when Jason Taylor becomes eligible, he will too.
Three other Hall of Famers -- Warren Sapp, Howie Long and Andre Tippett -- have fewer sacks than Haley. Yet there is no disputing the impact Sapp and Long had on the game.
Tippett had a fantastic career and his defensive résumé is somewhat similar to Haley's. He was a five-time Pro Bowler and a two-time All Pro.
So maybe, just maybe, Haley gets in.