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Talk of Fame Network
Charles Haley owns an NFL-record five Super Bowl rings.
Quarterbacks Joe Montana and Tom Brady have four apiece. Haley won two of his Super Bowl rings with Montana and the San Francisco 49ers in the 1980s. As a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015, Haley was in attendance last Sunday when Brady picked up his fourth ring with the New England Patriots in a 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
When asked during an interview with the Talk of Fame Network to choose between the two quarterbacks, Haley didn’t hesitate -- Montana.
“Joe didn’t have to cheat,” Haley said. “I’ve lost all respect (for Brady). When your integrity is challenged in the game of football, to me, all his Super Bowls are tainted. You have to say this just didn’t happen overnight. Who wants that shadow over them? I could be wrong. But I realize there were 12 balls deflated and 12 ain’t. Then you’ve got (Patriots coach Bill) Belichick coming on three different times trying to explain it… You know something is wrong.”
The Patriots were discovered to be playing with underinflated footballs in the first half of the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. The balls were removed at halftime and replaced with fully inflated footballs. The Patriots won in a romp, 45-7, but the NFL has launched an investigation into “Deflategate” headed up by league executive vice president Jeff Pash and attorney Ted Wells.
“This is what Charles Haley believes -- it’s going to come back to haunt him one day,” Haley said. “If the league doesn’t come down on this guy… Everybody is talking about it. Nobody believes it was by accident. It is what it is.
“I’m not going to take any of his Super Bowl rings away from him. But it’s sad that it has to be tainted like it is right now. Hopefully they’ll come out and let us know what really happened. Then all the mystery is gone.”
Haley was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame last Saturday along with running back Jerome Bettis, wide receiver Tim Brown, linebacker Junior Seau, guard Will Shields, center Mick Tingelhoff and former general managers Bill Polian and Ron Wolf. The Class of 2016 will be enshrined in Canton in August.