CHARLES HALEY

CHARLES HALEY

Class of 2015 - Finalist
Defensive End/Linebacker >>> 6-5, 242
(James Madison)
1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys

Selected by 49ers in 4th round (96 player overall), 1986 … Only player to play on five winning Super Bowl teams … Began career at linebacker and led 49ers in sacks in each of first six seasons … Moved to defensive end after trade to Dallas … Twice named NFC Defensive Player of the Year … Five Pro Bowls … All-Pro twice … Member of 10 division championship teams … Recorded six double-digit sack totals; career total: 100.5 …Born Jan. 6, 1964 in Gladys, Virginia.

Charles Haley joined the San Francisco 49ers in 1986 as the team’s fourth round draft pick. He developed into one of the NFL’s most devastating pass rushers during a career split between the 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys.

He is the only player in NFL history to win five Super Bowls. Haley was a member of two 49ers’ championship teams (Super Bowls XXIII and XXIV) before his trade to Dallas. He earned three more Super Bowl rings during his first four seasons with the Cowboys.

Haley began his NFL career at linebacker and led San Francisco in sacks in each of his first six seasons. He recorded four double-digit sack totals with the 49ers including 12 sacks as a rookie and a career-high and NFC-leading 16 sacks in 1990.

He was moved to defensive end after his trade to Dallas and continued to excel at pressuring the quarterback. He added two more double-digit sack seasons in 1994 and 1995. Haley then suffered a serious back injury in 1996 that limited him to just five games. He retired after undergoing surgery.

However, after a two-year hiatus, Haley resigned with the 49ers as a backup defensive end for two playoff games in 1998. He came back to play one final season in 1999 and added three sacks to his career total.

When he walked away for the final time, Haley had amassed 100.5 sacks during his 169-game career. He was twice named NFC Defensive Player of the Year (1990 and 1994), voted to five Pro Bowls and named All-Pro two times, once as a linebacker and once as a defensive end.

He played in six NFC championship games over a seven-season period. He started at left outside linebacker for the 49ers in the 1988, 1989, and 1990 games and at right defensive end for the Cowboys in the conference championships in 1992, 1993, and 1994. He was inactive for the Cowboys’ victory in the 1995 NFC Championship Game.

Haley was a member of 10 division championship teams during his 12-season NFL career. His final season marked the only year he played on a team with a losing record. Prior to that, the fewest number of wins in a season any 49ers and Cowboys team recorded with Haley on the roster was 10.


Year Team G No.
1986 San Francisco 16 12.0
1987 San Francisco 12 6.5
1988 San Francisco 16 11.5
1989 San Francisco 16 10.5
1990 San Francisco 16 16.0
1991 San Francisco 14 7.0
1992 Dallas 15 6.0
1993 Dallas 14 4.0
1994 Dallas 16 12.5
1995 Dallas 13 10.5
1996 Dallas 5 1.0
1998 San Francisco Post-season only
1999 San Francisco 16 3.0
Career Total 169 100.5
Additional Career Statistics: Interceptions: 2-9; Safeties: 1; Fumble Recovery for TD: 1

Championship Games

1988 NFCSan Francisco 49ers 28, Chicago Bears 3
Haley started at left outside linebacker. He had five tackles and one fumble recovery.

1989 NFC San Francisco 49ers 30, Los Angeles Rams 3
Haley started at left outside linebacker.

1990 NFC – New York Giants 15, San Francisco 49ers 13
Haley started at left outside linebacker. He had three tackles and one sack.

1992 NFCDallas Cowboys 30, San Francisco 49ers 20
Haley started at right defensive end. He had one tackle and one pass defensed.

1993 NFCDallas Cowboys 38, San Francisco 49ers 21
Haley started at right defensive end. He had two tackles and one assist, one sack, one pass defensed and one forced fumble.

1994 NFC – San Francisco 49ers 38, Dallas Cowboys 28
Haley started at right defensive end. He had two tackles.

1995 NFCDallas Cowboys 38, Green Bay Packers 27
Haley was not active for this game.

Super Bowls

Super Bowl XXIIISan Francisco 49ers 20, Cincinnati Bengals 16
Haley started at left outside linebacker. He had six tackles, two sacks and one tackle on special teams.

Super Bowl XXIVSan Francisco 49ers 55, Denver Broncos 10
Haley started at left outside linebacker. He had one tackle and two passes defensed in the game.

Super Bowl XXVIIDallas Cowboys 52, Buffalo Bills 17
Haley started at right defensive end. He had five tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.

Super Bowl XXVIIIDallas Cowboys 30, Buffalo Bills 13
Haley started at right defensive end. He had two tackles, two assists and registered half a sack.

Super Bowl XXXDallas Cowboys 27, Pittsburgh Steelers 17
Haley started at right defensive end. He recorded three tackles, one assist and one sack.

All-Pro: 1990 LB (AP, PFWA, NEA, PW) • 1994 DE (AP, PFWA, SN)

All-NFC: 1988 LB (UPI) • 1990 LB (UPI, PW) • 1994 DE (UPI, PW)

All-NFC Second Team: 1995 DE (UPI)

LB Linebacker; DE Defensive End

(5) – 1989, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996

(at time of his retirement following 1999 season)

• [3rd] Most Sacks, Rookie Season – 12.0 (1986)

Super Bowl Records

• [1st] Most Game, Winning Team – 5
• [1st] Most Sacks, Career – 4.5
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Games Played – 5
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Sacks, Game – 2 (Super Bowl XXIII)

 

Postseason Records

• [3rd] Most Sacks, Career – 11.0

49ers records held by Haley
(Records through the 1999 season, Haley's final season with San Francisco (note: 49ers media guide includes players sacks prior 1982, the year in which the sack became an official sack)

• [3rd] Most Sacks, Career – 66.5

Postseason Records

• [3rd] Most Sacks, Career – 7.5

Cowboys records held by Haley
(Records through the 1996 season, Haley's final season with Dallas (note: Cowboys media guide includes players sacks prior 1982, the year in which the sack became an official sack)

None

NFC Statistical Championships
Sack Titles: 1990

Team Statistical Championships
Sack Titles: 1986 S, 1987 S, 1988 S, 1989 S, 1990 S, 1991 S, 1994, 1995

S San Francisco 49ers All other titles with Dallas Cowboys

• 1990 NFC Defensive Player of the Year (UPI)
• 1994 NFC Defensive Player of the Year (UPI)

Year Team W L T Division Finish
1986 San Francisco 49ers 10 5 1 (1st)
1987 San Francisco 49ers 13 2 0 (1st)
1988 San Francisco 49ers 10 6 0 (1st)
1989 San Francisco 49ers 14 2 0 (1st)
1990 San Francisco 49ers 14 2 0 (1st)
1991 San Francisco 49ers 10 6 0 (3rd)
1992 Dallas Cowboys 13 3 0 (1st)
1993 Dallas Cowboys 12 4 0 (1st)
1994 Dallas Cowboys 12 4 0 (1st)
1995 Dallas Cowboys 12 4 0 (1st)
1996 Dallas Cowboys 10 6 0 (1st)
1998 San Francisco 49ers 12 4 0 (2nd)*
1999 San Francisco 49ers 4 12 0 (4th)
* Haley played in the post-season only
Full Name: Charles Lewis Haley

Birthdate: January 6, 1964

Birthplace: Gladys, Virginia

High School: William Campbell (Naruna, VA)

Pro Career: 12 seasons, 169 games

Drafted: 4th round (96th player overall) in 1986 by San Francisco 49ers

Uniform Number: 94 (95)

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