FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- All week retired Cowboys players said Charles Haley should get into the Hall of Fame.
In fact, former 49ers teammate Steve Young said Saturday that Haley was a dominant player. But the reality is Haley, who was a hall finalist for the first time in his career, wasn't better than the two men who got ahead of him in John Randle and Rickey Jackson.
Haley was a great player, but he was named to just two All-Pro teams and his 100.5 sacks is tied for 22nd all time. Haley, who has won more Super Bowl rings, five, than anyone in history was also a five-time Pro Bowler.
On Sunday, Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri has a chance to tie Haley if his team beats the Saints in Super Bowl XLIV.
Randle has 137.5 sacks, tied for sixth in league history. What makes it so remarkable is that he was a defensive tackle and he has more sacks than Haley, who rushed off the weakside.
Randle was also a seven-time Pro Bowler and named to six All-Pro teams.
Let's look at Jackson. He is 10th all-time in sacks with 128 and he played as the strongside linebacker. Jackson was named to four All-Pro teams and six Pro Bowls.
Haley will get in but not right now.
"He deserves to, he really deserves too," Jerry Jones said of Haley going to the Hall of Fame. "I got a chance to see him and visit with him, he's deserving. He is everything we want to be."