TOFN Podcast: Charles Haley revisits his first Super Bowl

Charles Haley photo at the Hall of Fame

The Talk of Fame Network resumes its “5 Games” series of podcasts this week with Hall of Fame pass rusher Charles Haley.

The concept of the podcast is to visit with an historic football figure about five significant games in his career. With Haley, coming up with the list of five was an easy chore – it was his five Super Bowls on the way to becoming the first player in NFL history with five Super Bowl rings.

We’ll run them in order – this podcast will be his first Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers in 1989 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Haley won his first two NFL titles with the 49ers in the 1980s before moving on to Dallas and winning his final three in the 1990s.

The San Francisco defense was spectacular in that first Super Bowl and so was Haley. He picked up two sacks as the 49ers held NFL MVP Boomer Esiason to just 11 completions for 144 yards. That 1989 Super Bowl was one of the best ever played with Joe Montana leading the 49ers an 11-play, 92-yard drive in the closing minutes for the winning touchdown – a 10-yard pass to John Taylor for a 20-16 victory.

Haley recalls that game – and why he would still take Joe Montana over Tom Brady as his quarterback. Brady is the only other player in NFL history with five Super Bowl rings.

“It’s plain and simple,” Haley said. “Brady ain’t never went through what Joe went through. (When I played) You could take two steps and plant a quarterback. The quarterback knew he was going to get hit every time he dropped back. (Brady) is not a mobile quarterback but he can stand back there and not worry about getting hit … The game has changed so much, the rules have changed so much, it affects everybody.”

Asked where he’d rank Brady on his list of all-time quarterbacks, Haley said, “probably sixth or seventh.”

Listen as Haley tells us how that Super Bowl game changed his life and gave him his first Super Bowl ring. Subscribe to our podcast and listen for free at @ iTunes or




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