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Charles Haley

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Position: Defensive end/Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1964-01-06) January 6, 1964 (age 52)
Place of birth: Gladys, Virginia
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Career information
College: James Madison
NFL draft: 1986 / Round: 4 / Pick: 96
Career history
Career highlights and awards
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Tackles: 498
Sacks: 100.5
Interceptions: 2
Forced fumbles: 26
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Charles Lewis Haley (born January 6, 1964) is a retired American football linebacker and defensive end who played in the National Football League (NFL) for the San Francisco 49ers (1986–1991, 1998–1999) and the Dallas Cowboys (1992–1996). He was selected in the fourth round of the 1986 NFL Draft out of James Madison University.

A versatile defensive player, Haley began his career as a specialty outside linebacker, eventually progressing to pass-rusher and finally full-fledged defensive end. The only player in NFL history to have been on five Super Bowl-winning teams, Haley was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.

Playing career


Haley was a starter for the James Madison Dukes during his entire college career (1982–1985). He was a two-time All-American and finished his career as the school's leading tackler with 506 stops.[1] Haley is a member of the Xi Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha at James Madison.


San Francisco

Haley joined the San Francisco 49ers in 1986 and led all rookies with 12 sacks, being voted All-Rookie by Pro Football Weekly and United Press International. The following year he again played a designated pass rusher role, coming into the game in likely passing situations. In 1988 he became a starter at left outside linebacker for the 49ers and held that spot through 1991. As he had in his first two seasons, Haley was a pass rusher in passing situations for the 49ers. In 1990 Haley was voted the UPI NFC Defensive Player of the Year and was a consensus All-Pro. While with the 49ers from 1986 to 1991, he played on the Super Bowl XXIII and Super Bowl XXIV championship teams.

After a trade to Dallas he returned to the 49ers at the end of 1998 and played the 1999 season with them before retiring.


Haley was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in the 1992 off-season after having had a personal conflict with 49ers head coach George Seifert and a physical confrontation with quarterback Steve Young.

Playing right defensive end in the Cowboys 4–3 defense Haley won a second UPI NFC Defensive Player of the Year Award and was a consensus All-Pro once again. Although injuries would force an early temporary retirement in 1996, he briefly resurfaced for the 1998 playoffs to aid the 49ers, and played for them in 1999. Retired for good after that, he became an assistant defensive coach for the Detroit Lions.

In his 12 NFL seasons, Haley recorded 100.5 quarterback sacks, two interceptions (nine return yards), and eight fumble recoveries, which he returned for nine yards and a touchdown. He was also selected to play in five Pro Bowls (1988, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995) and was named NFL All-Pro in 1990 and 1994. In his first four seasons in Dallas he was on three Super Bowl winning teams: in 1992 (XXVII), 1993 (XXVIII), and 1995 (XXX). Counting the two he won with San Francisco, Haley is the only player in NFL history to have won five Super Bowl rings.


Haley was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2006, the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011, and the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. He was enshrined into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor on November 6, 2011.[2]

One of 15 finalists for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010 and 2011, he was not selected. After finally receiving the honor on January 31, 2015 Haley felt that his election may have been delayed by his image and behavior: "I thought that what you do on the field would govern whether you get in the Hall. But, you know, I can understand how some of these things are hard to forget. I was very abrasive.[3]

After football

During his playing career, Haley became known for an abrasive demeanor. After retiring he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and began to undergo therapy and take medication. [3]


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