15 Jul 1997: Defensive end Charles Haley (right) and head coach Barry Switzer of the Dallas Cowboys share a laugh during the press conference to announce Haley''s retirement at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport
Former Cowboy, five-time Super Bowl champion and Hall of Fame candidate Charles Haley, in a recent interview with Galloway and Company on ESPN Radio, made his case for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, an honor for which, despite his impressive body of work, he’s been passed over twice in the past two years.
Haley was asked by Galloway what he would say to the Hall of Fame voters.
“I’d tell them, the five diamonds I’ve got, take it away,” Haley said, per ESPN Dallas. “Take them away as though I’d never won them. Look at my body of work.”
A five-time Pro Bowler and twice a first team All-Pro, Haley isn’t without his supporters. Former 49ers head coach Bill Walsh has been vocal in his belief that Haley belongs in the Hall of Fame. But it’s generally thought that Haley’s sometimes-contentious relationship with the media--read: the folks who vote on this--has served as a detriment for his chances.
All the same, Haley believes his career, even without the five Super Bowls, stands up to critique, and to this end, we’d have to agree with him.
“Look what I’ve accomplished individually, look what I’ve done with my teams, the commitment that I made and go from there,” Haley continued. “Just go from there, and you know, everyone wants to say, ‘you’re the only guy with five Super Bowl rings’--well damn, you act like I didn’t do anything else but be on a team and win five Super Bowls. I sacrificed, I put myself in harm’s [way], I played when I shouldn’t have played, I did things so my team could be the best.”
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