Ty’s Law: Charles Haley should be next one to go to Canton


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Talk of Fame Network

Score another Hall-of-Fame vote for Charles Haley.

The former San Francisco and Dallas pass rusher has been a Hall-of-Fame finalist the past five years, but he can’t cross the finish line — and it’s not just Haley who wonders why. Former New England cornerback Ty Law, in his first year on the Hall-of-Fame preliminary list, is puzzled, too.

“I would think if anyone deserves to be in the Hall of Fame it should be Charles Haley,” he told the Talk of Fame Network’s weekly radio program. “(With) the impact he made on each team that he played on, and to accomplish that many Super Bowls? It wasn’t like he was a guy riding the bench and playing special teams. He was an impact player on a Super Bowl team.”

Haley, who joined the Talk of Fame Network in August for an interview, was promoted by former San Francisco defensive back Ronnie Lott two weeks earlier on a broadcast — with Lott telling the Talk of Fame Network that Haley’s selection was “a no brainer.”

Another “no-brainer” will be the Hall of Fame induction of New England quarterback Tom Brady after he leaves the game. Brady took over at quarterback in 2001 after starter Drew Bledsoe was injured … and when Law was the Patriots’ starting cornerback … and when St. Louis — not New England — was the best team in the NFL.

But the Patriots had something the Rams did not, and it’s a lesson that was taught NFL fans again last season. They had a defense. The Rams had “The Greatest Show on Turf.” Guess who won Super Bowl XXXVI?

“Even with Drew Bledsoe there we were a defensive team,” said Law, who joined the TOF Network as part of its six-part Dynasty series. “As hard as it for people to acknowledge, we were a defensive team. It’s just that you had Tom Brady’s name being bigger than all of ours. But we were a defensive team. And we figured as long as Tom doesn’t turn the ball over we had a chance to win.”

They not only won; they won three of four Super Bowls and became the NFL’s Team of the Decade. Historians today recall that defeat of St. Louis as one of the greatest upsets in the game’s history, but Law disagreed — and he has three rings to make a case.

“I think we were better than the world recognized,” he said. “No one really gave us a chance. But we were OK with being the underdog going into that game. We felt if we could play our type of ball we could beat them.”

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