San Francisco 49ers: Charles Haley

For the second straight year, two key figures of the San Francisco 49ers' dynasty years did not make it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame after becoming finalists.

Former team owner Eddie DeBartolo and former pass-rusher Charles Haley were among the finalists not to get elected into the Canton, Ohio, museum Saturday. Haley made the cut from 15 finalists to 10. DeBartolo did not.

In December, DeBartolo said he was focused on Haley getting in more than his own candidacy. DeBartolo said Haley had asked the former 49ers owner to present him. Haley will likely get in before DeBartolo.

Haley, who played for the 49ers from 1986-91 and finished his career there in 1999, is the only player to win five Super Bowl rings. He won them with the 49ers and with Dallas. He finished with 100.5 sacks and he had 4.5 sacks in his five Super Bowls, which is a record.

Still, Haley has had a long wait for enshrinement. He has been eligible for 10 years. Some league observers point to the fact he made just five Pro Bowls appearances in 12 NFL seasons and that he was known for being a difficult personality as reasons he didn't make it.

DeBartolo's issue is that it is simply difficult for non-players to work their way through the process. DeBartolo, who owned the 49ers from 1977-2000, has a résumé worthy of enshrinement.

The 49ers made 16 playoff appearances, 10 NFC title game appearances and won five Super Bowls while DeBartolo was their owner. DeBartolo was beloved by his players, coaches and by 49ers fans. There are 13 owners in the Hall of Fame.
The San Francisco 49ers will be well represented Saturday during the Pro Football Hall of Fame vote. Defensive end/linebacker Charles Haley and former owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. are among the 17 finalists.

Four to seven new members will be inducted. Here is a look at both DeBartolo and Haley’s candidacy, with help from ESPN Stats & Information.

  • Owned 49ers from 1977-2000.
  • Age: 67
  • The 49ers made 16 playoff appearances, 10 NFC title game appearances and won five Super Bowls while DeBartolo was owner.
  • The 49ers had an NFL-best .622 win percentage during DeBartolo’s tenure.
  • There are 13 former owners who are in the Hall of Fame.
  • Played for 49ers from 1986-91, 1999.
  • Age: 50
  • In his 10th year of eligibility.
  • Selected by 49ers in fourth round (96th player overall) in 1986 draft.
  • Won five Super Bowls with 49ers and Cowboys. Only player ever to win five Super Bowl rings.
  • Has 4.5 career sacks in Super Bowl, most in NFL history.
  • Led 49ers in sacks in each of first six seasons.
  • Finished career with 100.5 sacks.
  • Twice named NFC Defensive Player of the Year (1990, 1994).
  • Five-time Pro Bowl selection.
  • Was part of 10 division winners in 12 NFL seasons.

*Linebacker Kevin Greene is also a finalist. He spent one season with the 49ers in 1997.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Eddie DeBartolo is a happy man.

Charles Haley is a finalist again for induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Yes, DeBartolo is one of the 15 finalists again, but he said last month Haley's candidacy is more important to him.

Last month, I asked DeBartolo, the 49ers' former owner, about being a semifinalist. He said he'd be thrilled to be inducted, but his focus is on getting Haley, a pass-rush star, voted into the Canton, Ohio, museum. Haley has asked DeBartolo to present him if he gets inducted. They were both finalists last year.

According to some members of the voting committee, Haley probably has a better chance than DeBartolo of getting in when the vote is made Feb. 1. In addition to the 15 finalists, there are two senior committee nominations. No more than seven and no less than four of the 17 nominees will be elected.

Linebacker Kevin Greene is also a finalist. He spent some time with the 49ers at the end of his career.

Former 49ers star running back Roger Craig did not make the transition from the semifinalist list to the final 15 Thursday night.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo is at the game. He spoke to reporters prior to the game. Here is a sampling of DeBartolo’s thoughts:

Saying Goodbye to Candlestick: DeBartolo will be an honorary captain Dec. 23 in the final game at Candlestick Park against Atlanta. He will be at the game with former 49ers’ stars Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott and Dwight Clark. As expected, DeBartolo said legendary quarterback Joe Montana has a schedule conflict.

“It’s going to be emotional as anything I’ve ever done,” DeBartolo said.

He is excited about the opening of Lev’s Stadium in Santa Clara. He said it will make the Cowboys’ Stadium in Dallas -- considered the premier stadium in the NFL -- "look obsolete.”

Super Bowl thoughts: DeBartolo said the 9-4 49ers are “by far" the best team in the NFL. “I can’t see any reason why they can’t win the Super Bowl,” DeBartolo said.

Harbaugh contract: DeBartolo said he talked to his nephew and 49ers’ CEO Jed York on Saturday, and he said he gets the feeling coach Jim Harbaugh will get a new contract soon. There has been heavy talk that Harbaugh, who has two years left on his contract, will get a new deal in the offseason amid talk the University of Texas is interested in him.

Hall of Fame thoughts: DeBartolo is one of 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The final vote is in February.

DeBartolo said it would be “phenomenal” to be elected, but he is focusing on the candidacy of former 49ers’ pass-rusher Charles Haley. He said Haley has already asked DeBartolo to present him into the Hall of Fame.

Three 49ers are HOF semifinalists

November, 20, 2013
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Three key figures from the San Francisco 49ers’ Super Bowl era are among the 25 semifinalists up for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014: former owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., running back Roger Craig and pass-rusher Charles Haley.

Linebacker Kevin Greene, who played his last season with the 49ers, also is on the list.

The list will be pared down in January to 15, plus two nominees from the Seniors Committee. The final vote will be revealed in February, on the day before the Super Bowl. At least four and no more then seven new members will be elected.

If I had to guess, I’d think Haley has the best chance among the 49ers' group to be elected in 2014. DeBartolo is one of several league contributors on the semifinal list, so that may be difficult.

Eddie D and Haley make another HOF run

September, 12, 2013
Perhaps the substantial contingent of San Francisco 49ers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame will grow in February.

Several former 49ers are among the 126 modern-era nominees to enter the Canton, Ohio, museum next February.

Headlining the 49ers’ nominees are former owner Eddie DeBartolo and pass-rusher Charles Haley. They were both finalists last year. Running back Roger Craig, a previous finalist, is also on the list as are former running back Ricky Watters and defensive lineman Bryant Young.

I’d think DeBartolo (who has big support from many 49ers’ Hall of Famers) and Haley will make big pushes again this season. The list will be pared down to 25 in November and then to 15 in January.

In other 49ers’ notes:

Running back Anthony Dixon got 49ers-Seahawks rivalry week going when he called the 49ers' opponents the “She-Hawks" in a tweet.

Former 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs explains why the team waited to cut him after he fell out of favor last year. He said the team didn’t want to face him. Jacobs is back with the Giants again. The two teams do not meet this season and I don’t think the 49ers would care if they had to face Jacobs at this point.