Charles Haley, the ex-49ers sack master who found his way to the quarterback more than 100 times over his career, finally found his way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Haley has been a finalist the last five seasons. This time, he got in. He'll join Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Junior Seau and Will Shields, contributors Bill Polian and Ron Wolf, as well as senior nominee Mick Tingelhoff in the 2015 class.
Haley is the only player in NFL history with five Super Bowl rings. Two came in San Francisco where he spent eight seasons. In 1992, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys, who won three of the next four Super Bowl titles.
He twice was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Year (1990, '94) and was voted to the Pro Bowl five times
Haley's career was marked by erratic and unsavory behavior – perhaps explaining his difficulty of reaching the hall of fame -- and he was later diagnosed with bi-polar disorder.
Another former 49ers pass rusher, Kevin Greene, was a finalist but did not make the final cut. Greene spent the 1997 season in San Francisco. He totaled 10.5 sacks that season.
Neither running back Roger Craig nor former owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. made the list of finalists.
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