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Haley Happy For Rice, Smith

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SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 15: Defensive end Charles Haley #94 of the Dallas Cowboys battles with Tight end Duane Young #87 of the San Diego Chargers at Jack Murphy Stadium on October 15, 1995 in San Diego, California. The Cowboys won 23-9. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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Charles Haley, the former defensive end/linebacker, was made a finalist for the Hall of Fame for the first time on Saturday, but failed to make the cut, once again, for induction.

Haley, who is the only player in history to be a part of five Super Bowl-winning teams, was among the finalists cut when the pool was trimmed from 15 to 10.

But the former Cowboy, rather than being bitter, expressed happiness for his former teammates, Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice, who were enshrined, in an article in the Dallas Morning News.

"It is a process," Haley said. "I am honored to be included each year ... All of them are so very deserving. Also, it was exciting to see two of my former teammates go in."

Haley's candidacy has since become a source of debate around Dallas, with the majority of public opinion leaning toward Haley's favor. Based solely on on-field prowess, Haley certainly seems a prime candidate for enshrinement; however, the hesitance on the part of the committee comes as the result of a contentious history with the media and, at times, his own teammates.

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