TOFN podcast: Charles Haley revisits his first Super Bowl with the Cowboys

Rick Gosselin

The Talk of Fame Network resumes its “5 Games” series of podcasts this week with Hall of Fame pass rusher Charles Haley.

The concept of the podcast is to visit with an historic football figure about five significant games in his career. With Haley, coming up with the list of five was an easy chore – it was his five Super Bowls on the way to becoming the first player in NFL history with five Super Bowl rings. This podcast features his third Super Bowl in 1992 but his first with the Cowboys.

The Cowboys completed a dramatic turnaround from worst to first in a span of four seasons under coach Jimmy Johnson – a resurrection accelerated that 1992 offseason by the acquisition of Haley from the 49ers in a trade.

Haley had fallen out of favor in San Francisco because of his temper and constant clashes with coach George Seifert. Charles had been NFL Defensive Player of the Year as recently as 1990 when he collected 16 sacks. Jimmy Johnson believed he was a pass rusher away from a Super Bowl – and he got what he considered the final piece to his puzzle with Haley.

Only twice in Super Bowl history has the champion scored 50 points in a game and Charles was on the winning side in both games – the 49ers’ 55-10 demolition of the Broncos in 1990 and the Cowboys 52-17 pasting of the Bills in 1993. But Haley’s Super Bowl was actually the NFC title game at San Francisco, his first game back against his former teammates.

“I wanted to show those guys that they just couldn’t replace me with anybody,” Haley said. “They had to understand that the guy they saw on the practice field and the guy who was going to play in this (1994 NFC title game) were one and the same. That was my Super Bowl.”

Haley talks about what precipitated his trade from San Francisco, how his first meeting with Jerry Jones upon his arrival at DFW airport propelled him to greater heights as a player and his shock at find out what awaited him in Dallas.

“I have never seen that much talent amassed on any team,” Haley said. “There was so much talent that if you got hurt, you weren’t going to get your job back.”

Listen as Haley talks about the greatest defensive effort he’s ever been a part of – that Super Bowl dismantling of the Bills. Subscribe to our podcast and listen for free at @ iTunes or




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