For Charles Haley, it was a first. He didn’t make the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he made the cut to 10.
Both Haley and Bill Parcells were eliminated in the cut from 10 to five. Thus, for only the second time in seven years, the Cowboys will not have a player or a coach with ties to the team inducted.
Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin and Willie Roaf were the five modern-era candidates who made the cut to five.
Haley has been eligible for the Hall of Fame for seven years, with this his third as a finalist.
Haley is the only player with five Super Bowl rings – two with the 49ers and three with the Cowboys – and his teams went 153-66, including 19-6 in the postseason. His 100.5 sacks came in 71 games, and his teams were 59-12 in those games. His teams ranked in the top 10 in total defense in his first 11 seasons.
Haley, Larry Allen and Parcells will be candidates for the Class of 2013. Allen will be eligible for the first time next year, along with defensive tackle Warren Sapp and defensive end Michael Strahan.
Parcells was a candidate for the third time. He also was a finalist in 2001 and ’02 before he unretired and returned to coaching with the Cowboys, where he stayed for four seasons.
The Cowboys have had six players with ties to the team enshrined in the past seven years, including Deion Sanders last year, Emmitt Smith in 2010 and Bob Hayes in 2009.
-- Charean Williams