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PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE HALEY TO SERVE AS HONORARY STARTER FOR FIRESTONE 600

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 6, 2015) – Charles Haley, a 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee who won a record five Super Bowl titles with the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers, will serve as the honorary starter for tonight’s Firestone 600 Verizon IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

>Haley will have the honor of waving the green flag to start the ninth race of the Verizon IndyCar Series season and 27th Indy-car race held at Texas Motor Speedway that dates to the venue’s opening in 1997.

Haley will be officially inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 9 as part of the 2015 class that consists of Jerome Bettis, Junior Seau, Tim Brown, Will Shields, Bill Polian, Ron Wolf and Mick Tinglehoff.

Haley, who began his career with the 49ers in 1986 as a fourth-round draft pick out of James Madison University, became one of the NFL’s premier pass rushers during a career split between San Francisco and Dallas.

He began his career as a linebacker with San Francisco, where he led the team in sacks in each of his first six seasons and helped guide them to Super Bowl victories in the 1988 and ’89 seasons. In 1992, he was traded to the Cowboys, where he was converted to defensive end and earned three more Super Bowl rings (1992, ’93, ’95 seasons) during his first four seasons with the team. He is the only player in NFL history to play on five Super Bowl-winning teams.

Haley would go on to amass 100.5 sacks during his 169-game career and was twice named NFC Defensive Player of the Year (1990 and ’94). He also was voted to five Pro Bowls and named All-Pro twice, once as a linebacker and once as a defensive end.

He retired briefly as a result of a serious back injury in 1996 that limited him to five games with the Cowboys, but returned to the NFL and the 49ers in 1998 and ’99 before officially retiring.

Haley also has been inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame (2006), College Football Hall of Fame (’11), Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor (’11) and Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame (‘12).

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