Back in early January, former Cowboys and 49ers defensive lineman Charles Haley was named a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the fourth time since becoming eligible; on Saturday, he was passed over by voters once again.
Not for nothing, the 2013 Class is a very strong one, consisting of names like Larry Allen, Warren Sapp, Cris Carter, Jonathan Ogden and Bill Parcells. Those left out include Haley, and fellow beast-of-a-pass rusher, Michael Strahan, who was eligible for the Hall for the first time this year.
“To see a Charles Haley and a Michael Strahan not make it tells you the strength of this class,” the Dallas Morning News’ Rick Gosselin told the NFL Network this week, via ESPN Dallas. “We left behind five people that could be next year's Hall of Fame class. That's how tough this process is.”
Haley is the owner of five Super Bowl rings, three with the Cowboys and two with the 49ers, and a member of the Cowboys Ring of Honor. Over his 13-season career, he earned five Pro Bowl nods and two All-Pro selections, and is also one of 29 members of the NFL’s 100-sack club, with a career total of 100.5.
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