No Hall of Fame Call for Ex-Duke Haley

By: Damon Dillman Email
By: Damon Dillman Email

Former James Madison football player Charles Haley will have to wait at least another year to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame's Class of 2010 is being selected Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Haley entered the day among the finalists for this year's class, but was among the players eliminated when the list was cut from 15 to 10 players.

Haley is the only player in NFL history to be part of five Super Bowl champions, winning two with San Francisco and three with Dallas. This was his sixth year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame, but his first as a finalist.

Haley played at JMU from 1982-85, and is still the school's all-time leader with 506 career tackles. He was taken by the 49ers in the fourth round of the 1986 NFL Draft.

Haley spent 12 seasons in the NFL, finishing with 100.5 career sacks. He was named the league's Defensive Player of the Year in 1990 and 1994, and appeared in five Pro Bowls.

Two of Haley's ex-teammates, Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith, were elected to the Hall of Fame. The rest of the Class of 2010 includes John Randle, Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, Dick LeBeau and Floyd Little.

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