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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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