We have heard the stories about why Charles Haley isn't in the Pro Football of Fame, about his treatment of teammates and media. But there was no denying his ability to change games.
"If that has anything to do with the bearing of the stature that has to do with his being associated with making this, what a travesty," said former 49ers teammate and Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. "How dare we judge someone because of who they are and not judge them for what they did and what they accomplished? We are not in the game of judging people for their character. We are in the game of judging people for their accomplishments, and his accomplishments are second to none."
Haley won five Super Bowl titles, compiled 100.5 sacks in a 12-year career and was a two-time All-Pro and a five-time Pro Bowler.
It's interesting to note that Haley, who was among the 15 modern-era finalist, didn't make the cut to the final 10.
Haley has been eligible for election seven times but as a finalist only twice.
"I'm disappointed," Lott said. "Here's a guy that has five Super Bowls, the most rings. We are all viewed by being champions, and how can a guy with the most championships not be part of the Hall of Fame? It doesn't jive with the average fan, it doesn't jive with the average person. It's not fair. It's just not fair. I'm not taking anything away from those other members, but none of those members have what he has."