August 24, 2014


Charles Haley played for the San Francisco 49ers (1986–1991, 1998–1999) and the Dallas Cowboys (1992–1996). He’s the only player in NFL history to have been on five winning Super Bow teams.

Charles Haley Super Bowl Rings
Charles Haley Super Bowl Rings


Haley was a fourth round draft pick in 1986. He played college football at James Madison University.

A versatile defensive player, Haley began his career as an outside linebacker, eventually progressing to pass-rusher and finally full-fledged defensive end. Haley had a reputation of being a volatile and unpredictable while at the same time he was known as an exceptionally talented and hardworking player. After his career was over, he was diagnosed as being bipolar which explained his volatility.

As a member of the San Francisco 49ers from 1986–1991, he was awarded championship rings from Super Bowl XXIII and Super Bowl XXIV following the 1988 and 1989 seasons, respectively. After having a conflict with the 49ers head coach George Seifert and a nasty physical confrontation with quarterback Steve Young, Haley was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in 1992. With the Dallas Cowboys, he won three more Super Bowl rings over the next four seasons in 1992 (XXVII), 1993 (XXVIII), and 1995 (XXX).

Although injuries would eventually force his retirement in 1996, Haley resurfaced for the 1998 playoffs to aid the 49ers, and then played for them in 1999. After his playing career was done, Haley turned to assistant coaching, and was a defensive assistant for the Detroit Lions.

In his 12 NFL seasons, Haley recorded 100.5 quarterback sacks, two interceptions, and eight fumble recoveries, which he returned for nine yards and a touchdown. He was also selected to play in five Pro Bowls (1988, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995) and was named NFL All-Pro in 1990 and 1994.


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