Dallas Cowboys

Johnson, Haley await Pro Football Hall of Fame vote

Former Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson and defensive end/linebacker Charles Haley know something about Super Bowls.

Johnson won two in his five years with the Cowboys. Haley won five, including three with Dallas.

They are among 18 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2015 class, which will be decided Saturday.

Under Johnson’s leadership, the Cowboys won back-to-back Super Bowl titles in 1992 and 1993 seasons, both times beating Buffalo. Johnson went 89-68, including the postseason, in his nine NFL seasons with the Cowboys and the Dolphins.

A five-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro, Haley is the only player in NFL history to play on five winning Super Bowl teams. He won two with San Francisco and three with the Cowboys.

The 46-member committee will consider the 15 modern-era finalists along with senior finalist Mick Tingelhoff and contributor finalists Bill Polian and Ron Wolf.

To earn election, a finalist must earn a minimum positive vote of 80 percent.

Here’s a look at the 18 finalists (15 Modern-Era players and coaches, one Senior Finalist* and two Contributor Finalists**) with their positions, teams, and years active:

▪ Morten Andersen, kicker: 1982-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-2000, 2006-07 Atlanta Falcons, 2001 New York Giants, 2002-03 Kansas City Chiefs, 2004 Minnesota Vikings. Notable: Set NFL record for career points (2,544), most field goals (565), and games played (382).

▪ Jerome Bettis, running back: 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers. Notable: At the time of his retirement, his eight 1,000-yard seasons were tied for third-best in league history.

▪ Tim Brown, wide receiver/kick and punt returner: 1988-2003 Los Angeles/ Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Notable: Scored 105 total touchdowns (100 receiving, 1 rushing, 3 punt returns, 1 kickoff return).

▪ Don Coryell, coach: 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers. Notable: Chargers led NFL in passing six consecutive seasons and amassed more than 24,000 yards from 1978-83.

▪ Terrell Davis, running back: 1995-2001 Denver Broncos. Notable: In 1998, he became the fourth runner in league history to rush form 2,000 yards (2,008) and led the NFL with 21 rushing touchdowns en route to a Super Bowl title.

▪ Tony Dungy, coach: 1996-2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2002-08 Indianapolis Colts. Notable: First African-American head coach to win a Super Bowl when Indianapolis beat Chicago in Super Bowl XLI.

▪ Kevin Greene, linebacker/defensive end: 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers. Notable: Named to the Pro Bowl five times (once with the Rams, twice with the Steelers and twice with the Panthers).

▪ Charles Haley, defensive end/linebacker: 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys. Notable: Only player in NFL history to play on five winning Super Bowl teams.

▪ Marvin Harrison, wide receiver: 1996-2008 Indianapolis Colts. Notable: Set an NFL record with 143 receptions in 2002 and was named All-Pro eight times.

▪ Jimmy Johnson, coach: 1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins. Notable: Won back-to-back Super Bowls with the Cowboys in 1992 and 1993.

▪ John Lynch, free safety: 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos. Notable: Selected to the Pro Bowl nine times.

▪ Orlando Pace, tackle: 1997-2008 St. Louis Rams, 2009 Chicago Bears. Notable: Started 165 of 169 games played and was named All-Pro five times.

▪ **Bill Polian, contributor: 1978-1982 Kansas City Chiefs, 1984-1992 Buffalo Bills, 1993-94 NFL, 1995-97 Carolina Panthers, 1998-2011 Indianapolis Colts. Notable: Led teams to eight conference championship games (Bills 4, Panthers 1, Colts 3).

▪ Junior Seau, linebacker: 1990-2002 San Diego Chargers, 2003-05 Miami Dolphins, 2006-09 New England Patriots. Notable: Recorded 10 or more tackles 64 times and was the NFL Defensive player of the year in 1992. He died in 2012.

▪ Will Shields, guard: 1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs. Notable: Never missed a game during a 14-season career while earning 12 consecutive Pro Bowl berths.

▪ *Mick Tingelhoff, center: 1962-1978 Minnesota Vikings. Notable: Entered the league as a free agent out of Nebraska and played 17 seasons. Elected to the Pro Bowl six consecutive times from 1965-1970.

▪ Kurt Warner, quarterback: 1998-2003 St. Louis Rams, 2004 New York Giants, 2005-09 Arizona Cardinals. Notable: Two-time NFL MVP (1999 ad 2001) and Super Bowl XXXIV MVP after leading the Rams to a 23-16 win over Tennessee.

▪ **Ron Wolf, contributor: 1963-1974, 1979-1989 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, 1966 AFL, 1976-78 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1990-91 New York Jets, 1991-2001 Green Bay Packers. Notable: Helped mold the Raiders and Packers into dominant franchises. Had 17 winning seasons during a 23-year span with the Raiders. Also to expansion Buccaneers to the NFC Championship by its fourth season.

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