8 Nov 1999: Deion Sanders #21 of the Dallas Cowboys looks up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Herbert H. Humphery Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Cowboys 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Elsa Hasch /Allsport
The NFL released their list of 26 semifinalists for the Hall of Fame on Sunday, and rather unsurprisingly, the list included former Cowboys Deion Sanders and Charles Haley. Haley made it to the finals last year, but, in what we view as a glaring mistake, didn’t get in. Haley’s teammate, Emmitt Smith, of course, did.
Sanders was eligible for the first time this year, along with Marshall Faulk, Jerome Bettis, Willie Roaf and Curtis Martin.
Haley won five Super Bowls in his career, was a five-time Pro Bowler and a two-time All-Pro.
Sanders won two Super Bowls, one with Dallas and one with San Francisco, went to eight Pro Bowls and was named first team All-Pro six times.
The list will be cut from 26 to 15 by mail-in voting later this year, and the final class will be announced before the Super Bowl in February.
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