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 inNFL history with five Super Bowl rings.
This podcast will be his second Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers in 1990 against the Denver Broncos. Haley won two with the 49ers before moving on to Dallas and winning his final three.
That second Super Bowl was supposed to be a titanic tilt between future Hall of Fame quarterbacks Joe Montana and John Elway. But it was never a game. The 49ers were suffocating on defense, allowing only 167 yards, forcing four turnovers and collecting six sacks.
Montana threw a 20-yard Jerry Rice to cap San Francisco’s first possession of the game for a 7-0 lead – and the 49ers went on to build a 27-3 halftime lead and a 41-3 lead in the third quarter on the way to a 55-10 victory.
The 49ers wound up as the NFL’s team of the decade in the 1980s with those four Super Bowls and Haley was quick to give credit to the man responsible – Hall of Fame owner Eddie DeBartolo. Haley asked DeBartolo to present him in Canton for his own Hall of Fame induction.
“Eddie is the greatest owner I ever played for,” Haley said. “He treated all of us as family. He made things special. He took us to Hawaii when we won. He would take us to his house in Youngstown.
“I was afraid of Eddie because when we lost he’d do some crazy things. He’d throw a TV through a wall, put his foot through a soda machine. I tried to stay as far as I could away from him. Little did I know…both of us were crazy. I should have been his best friend then.”
Listen as Haley tells us about the pressure of repeating as Super Bowl champion and the challenge of facing Elway on his way to a second Super Bowl ring. Subscribe to our podcast and listen for free at @ iTunes or VokelNow.com