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. This podcast features his fourth Super Bowl in 1994 and his second with the Cowboys – another victory over the Buffalo Bills.
The Cowboys blew out the Bills 52-17 in their first Super Bowl of the 1990s’ decade, but the rematch was considerably closer. In fact, the Cowboys trailed at the half, 13-6. But the Dallas defense again put its stamp on this Super Bowl, just as it did the first Buffalo Super Bowl, with a strong second-half showing that powered a 30-13 victory.
Haley recalls the rollercoaster ride of that season, including Emmitt Smith’s holdout that contributed to an 0-2 start, Jimmy Johnson’s bold NFC championship game proclamation (“Jimmy’s got a big set of balls,” Haley said) and the nerves of falling behind the Bills in the Super Bowl.
“I knew it was going to be a dogfight,” Haley said.
Haley played in a Super Bowl in Bill Walsh’s final game as head coach of the 49ers and in another Super Bowl in Johnson’s final game as head coach of the Cowboys.
“Jimmy was a great coach, a great motivator,” Haley said. “He knew what buttons to hit and did a great job of doing it … It doesn’t matter how hard you play. He wants a little bit more.”
Haley also addressed his season of back issues.
“I never took pain medicine, shots or all that crap,” Haley said, “because I wanted to feel the pain. If the pain became too much where I could not control it, then I’d leave the game. Ronnie (Lott) told me it takes sacrifices to win.”
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