JMU has hosted quite a few athletes that have made it to the big leads. Our first feature is 1987 graduate, Charles Haley.
He was drafted straight out of JMU in 1986 as a fourth round draft pick making him the first Duke to join the NFL. Haley began his career playing for the San Francisco 49ers until 1991, then moving on to the Dallas Cowboys in 1992. He won five super-bowl rings over the course of seven years. He retired from the NFL in 1996 although he returned to play for two more seasons with the 49ers in 1998 and 1999.
Haley was inducted inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 on August 8th, 2015.
Last year, Haley returned to JMU to speak to the football team to provide some added motivation. He spoke about his love for the game and for his head coach, Dr. Challace McMillin. See the full interview below.
Update: Haley will return to JMU for Homecoming 2015, to be honored during the half-time show. You don’t want to miss it!
- Haley actually played against JMU’s new head coach,Everett Withers, in 1982.
- He has the most super bowl rings of any player in the NFL.
- His number, 87, is only one of three to be retired in JMU history.