Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Charles Haley

Charles Haley


  • Position: Linebacker
  • School: James Madison
  • High School: William Campbell HS (Naruna, VA)
  • Years: 1982-1985
  • Inducted: 2011
  • Place of Birth: Lynchburg, VA
  • Date of Birth: Jan 06, 1964
  • Jersey Number: 87
  • Height: 6-4
  • Weight: 230

Member Biography

A two-time First Team All-America, Charles Haley remains the all-time leading tackler at James Madison. Haley is the first Duke to enter the College Football Hall of Fame. A pioneer of James Madison 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.