Pro Football Hall of Fame results: Class of 2014 does not include Charles Haley, Eddie DeBartolo

USA TODAY Sports

The Pro Football Hall of Fame continues to snub Charles Haley and Eddie DeBartolo, as neither will join the Class of 2014.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee has spoken, and unfortunately the Class of 2014 will not include Charles Haley or Eddie DeBartolo. Both were part of the 15-person group of finalists. According to ESPN's Bill Williamson, Haley made it through the first cut down to 10 people, while DeBartolo did not make that cut.

The official the Class of 2014 will include a modern class of LB Derrick Brooks, OT Walter Jones, WR Andre Reed, DE Michael Strahan and CB Aeneas Williams. The senior class will include punter Ray Guy and DL Claude Humphrey.

It remains a shame that Eddie DeBartolo and Charles Haley are not in the Hall of Fame. DeBartolo continues to face a tough task of being a contributor and not a player. While I disagree with his exclusion, I'm not entirely shocked by it. Add in the controversial end of his ownership with the 49ers, and it is even less surprising.

While I am not "shocked" Haley is not in the Hall, I am disappointed. His exclusion strikes me as due almost entirely to beefs some media might have with a guy who was not really a nice guy. The numbers support him as one of the all-time great pass rushers in this league. If you want to talk rings, no HOF player has more. It all comes down to his volatile nature. And yet, after his career, he was diagnosed as being bi-polar. It makes this all the more ridiculous.

And yet, even if media could not stand him as a person, this is not the Hall of "nice guys". This is the Hall of Fame, which is meant to celebrate the entire history of the game. Voter bias and general stupidity has turned Hall of Fame voting in baseball into an absolute farce. Football has done a slightly better job, but when a guy like Haley, viewed by many as the best pass rusher of his time, is not in the Hall of Fame, something is wrong.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Niners Nation

You must be a member of Niners Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Niners Nation. You should read them.

Join Niners Nation

You must be a member of Niners Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Niners Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker