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Charles Haley


Charles Lewis Haley

Inducted 2011

Date of Birth



Lynchburg, VA


James Madison University (1982-1985)


A two-time first-team All-America, Charles Haley finished as the all-time leading tackler at James Madison. Haley is the first Duke to enter the College Football Hall of Fame. A pioneer of JMU football, Haley was the school's initial first-team All-America and the first NFL draft pick from the school. The team's Defensive Most Valuable Player from 1983 through 1985, he led the team in tackles as a sophomore and a junior. He also registered more than 100 tackles in each of his final three collegiate seasons. Haley finished his JMU career with 506 tackles, three interceptions and 17 quarterback sacks. A fourth round selection of the San Francisco 49ers in the 1986 NFL Draft, Haley played 13 seasons split between the 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys. A two-time first-team All-Pro, Haley appeared in five Pro Bowls and was named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Year in 1990. In all, Haley recorded 100.5 career sacks and is the first player in NFL history to be a member of five Super Bowl championship teams


Height 6'4

Weight 230

Career Highlights

  • 1985 All-Conference
  • 1985 First Team All-America (FCS)
  • 1984 All-Conference
  • 1984 First Team All-America (FCS)
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