Biggs: Haley's position for Hall of Fame improving
Charles Haley is movin’ on up when it comes to consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
That is the opinion of Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News, one of the 44 members of the voting panel.
Haley did not make the final 10 when the vote reduced the group of 15 to 10 Saturday morning, but he was among the final 15 for the first time since becoming eligible in 2005. Just making the jump from the group of 25 semifinalists to 15 finalists was a giant step, according to Gosselin. It means that Haley was in consideration for enshrinement into Canton, Ohio, for the first time.
Haley has five Super Bowl rings and was a dominant pass rusher for some of the best San Francisco and Dallas teams. His primary competition, at least from a positional standpoint, comes from Richard Dent, the MVP of Super Bowl XX for the Chicago Bears. Dent has been a finalist six times and is still waiting his turn.
Sometimes it takes time, as Gosselin notes that Washington Redskins wide receiver Art Monk was a finalist for eight consecutive years before getting in. Haley could be a sentimental pick next year though. The Super Bowl will be in Dallas, where the voting will take place. Maybe Haley makes a rush for the Hall in 2011.
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