2011 NFL Hall Of Fame: Deion Sanders Voted Into HOF, Charley Haley Is Not

Former Cowboys Charles Haley and Deion Sanders are among 17 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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NFL Hall Of Fame: Deion Sanders Says Being Elected For Hall Of Fame Is 'Unbelievable'

Deion Sanders has never lacked for confidence. Whether it was on the field, or in the press conference room afterward, Deion was the furthest thing from a shrinking violet. According to Brad Townsend of Dallas News.com, that confidence was on display when Sanders reacted to his election into the Hall Of Fame this weekend.

“Nervous? No, I wasn’t,” he said with a smile. “I was more nervous about playing against Snoop Dogg. I don’t want to sound ungrateful, because I am grateful.”

Good save there, Deion. For a second there, it sounded like playing against Snoop Dogg meant more to you than being the Hall, but you really brought it back around there in the end. Sanders was a little bit more outspoken about the honor in his next sound bite.

“I’m excited, are you kidding me?” he said, after taking the stage and hugging fellow Class of 2011 members Marshall Faulk and Shannon Sharpe. “It’s unbelievable. It’s hard to describe the feeling.”

One thing is for sure, the Hall of fame becomes a much more interesting place now that Prime Time is in it.

For more on all of the newest members of the Hall of Fame, check out this thread over at SB Nation.


NFL Hall Of Fame Class of 2011 Includes Deion Sanders, Not Charles Haley

Former Cowboy Deion Sanders is one of six inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday. Charles Haley, despite making the list of finalists, was not so lucky. Sanders, Richard Dent, Marshall Faulk and Shannon Sharpe were elected on the standard ballot to the 2011 hall of fame class. Chris Hanburger and Les Richter were voted in as seniors selections. Ed Sabol, founder of NFL Films, was also elected for his media contributions.

Sanders spent five of his 14 years in a Cowboys uniform, helping them win Super Bowl XXX in the 1995 season, a year after beating them with the 49ers on the way to his first championship. He went to eight pro bowls and was elected to eight All Pro teams (six first team, two second team). He won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award with the 49ers in ’94.

Haley appeared to have an outside chance of making the Hall in his second year as a finalist. He won two super bowls with the 49ers and three with the Cowboys. His record of five championships still stands. He was voted to five pro bowls and was a two-time first team All Pro.


NFL Hall Of Fame: Former Cowboys Mercenaries Charles Haley, Deion Sanders Among Hall Finalists

Former Cowboys Charles Haley and Deion Sanders are among 17 finalists for the 2011 Pro Footbal Hall of Fame class. Both Haley and Sanders played key roles on championship teams after joining the Cowboys from championship San Francisco 49ers teams. 

Haley joined the Cowboys in 1992 and provided the lacking pass rush for dominant Super Bowl champions in '92 and '93, as well as a final winner in '95 - his fifth Super Bowl ring. He retired a 49er in 1999. In addition to his five rings, he was voted to five pro bowls and was selected first team All Pro twice (1990 and 1994). 

Sanders joined the 49ers in 1994 and helped them end the two-year Dallas dynasty, before reversing field, joining the Cowboys on a then-startling free agent contract, and helping regain the throne. Sanders preceded his championship seasons with a stellar five-year run in Atlanta that included three pro bowls and one of his two Defensive Player of the Year awards (1993). He was elected to the final four of his eight pro bowl teams with the Cowboys before leaving them after the 1999 season. After a one-year stint in 2000 with the Washington Redskins and a three-year retirement, he returned to play two final seasons with the Baltimore Ravens

Ten Cowboys players - Bob Lilly, Bob Hayes, Mel Renfro, Rayfield Wright, Roger Staubach, Randy White, Tony Dorsett, Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith - are members of the Hall of Fame. 

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