ARLINGTON, Texas – Charles Haley’s induction in the Ring of Honor is intended to be a clear message to Hall of Fame voters.
The only player to earn five Super Bowl rings belongs in Canton, Ohio. Jerry Jones, who owns three Super Bowl rings in large part because he traded for Haley, firmly believes that Haley deserves a Hall of Fame bust.
That’s why there was a sense of urgency to include the dominant pass-rusher among the Cowboys’ legends despite the fact that Haley spent only five seasons in Dallas.
“I really wanted to make [clear] how highly Charles is thought of by the Cowboys as he goes through his process there,” Jones said after Friday’s Ring of Honor press conference.
Haley has been a Hall of Fame finalist the last two years, but he hasn’t made the cut from 15 to 10 candidates yet. The committee discussed his candidacy for only six minutes during the last selection committee.
“I don’t even let that stuff get in my head,” said Haley, who had 100.5 career sacks. “It’s in God’s hands. I’m an emotional guy. When I think about things, I’m either going to go up or I’m going to get depressed, so I try not to worry about things that I can’t control.”
Haley will let his supporters do the lobbying for his Hall of Fame bid. Jones made the strongest case yet by putting Haley in the Ring of Honor.