The Cowboys took a gamble, drafted Nebraska’s Randy Gregory, gave him DeMarcus Ware’s No. 94 and …
Wait, what if they gave him Charles Haley’s No. 94 instead?
“The Cowboys got a steal,” Haley told ESPN Dallas about the Cowboys’ second- round draft pick.
Haley should know. He arrived at Valley Ranch in the ‘90s with a ton of talent, a fierce “kill the quarterback” persona, and, yes, tons of baggage. Now comes Gregory, similarly talented as a pass-rusher and with questions surrounding his character after a failed drug test.
Obviously the Cowboys dream of Gregory having Ware’s career and character. But if his on-field success comes with Haley’s off-field antics, so be it.
Haley, remember, will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer.
“You can't have enough pass-rushers,” said Haley, a frequent Valley Ranch visitor and owner of five Super Bowl rings and 100 sacks. “The guy should come in with a chip on his shoulder from being a second-rounder. Just like a lot of those guys that got drafted later, you come here with an attitude ready to work, because most guys come in as a first rounder they come in and think they already got it and already achieved. He's got something to prove.”
Haley’s success, in fact, might have prodded Jerry Jones into taking another risk on Gregory. The Cowboys knew what they're getting with Haley, and the same comes with Gregory - immense talent and upside with a tangible risk.
“Jerry took me in and said, ‘You know what Charles? I love you for what you are and I know you're a great pass-rusher and I know what you're going to do. That's the key,'” said Haley. “And that's what I'd tell the young man. He's got an owner that will not only stand with him, but he'll stand in front of him and take some of the blows.”
How about split the difference: Ware's substance and Haley's stats?
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.