Talk of Fame Network visits five-time Super Bowl winner Charles Haley this weekend to discuss the mystery behind his ongoing quest to gain entrance into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Haley is the only player to have “one for the thumb,” helping the 49ers to two Super Bowl victories before being traded to Dallas and becoming the defensive cornerstone of its’ three Super Bowl winners in the Troy Aikman-Emmitt Smith-Michael Irvin era. Yet he’s been Hall of Fame eligible for 10 years and a finalist the past five without being fitted for the gold jacket.
“Maybe I should have won 6 rings instead of 5,” Haley says when asked what more he could have done. He has much more to say about the difficulty of being a Hall of Famer in waiting and the ups and downs of his career.
Ever wonder what Haley felt after the 49ers traded him? Plenty and he talks all about it, including his emotions the day he was shipped out. “When I left the 49ers, I was dejected, I was pissed, I was hurt, angry, and all I could think about was revenge,” Haley says. “I felt like they sent me to the Cowboys to end my career.”
Hear Haley’s full interview along with a discussion of the Hall’s recent decision to create a separate slot for contributors and its impact on future voting with Hall vice-president Joe Horrigan plus a wrap-up of the Class of 2014 Induction weekend, Rick Gosselin’s Hall of Fame case for former Vikings’ center Mick Tingelhoff and host Clark Judge putting Gosselin and Ron Borges through his two-minute drill of current events and the “Borges or Bogus” segment debating whether championship rings carry too much weight in the selection process plus much more.
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