Former Dallas Cowboy Charles Haley was a whirlwind at the 25th annual Boys and Girls Club of Alice Steak and Burger Dinner Fundraiser giving autographs, kisses, hugs and posing for pictures.
“It’s all about the youth of America...,” Haley said. “You have the opportunity not only to give your money, but to give your time…”
Haley believes that kids are the future and they need adults to show them the way. Adults need to let children, any child, know that they have someone supporting them and are willing to be there for them whether its with a hug or a conversation.
Haley is a former American football linebacker and defensive end who played in the National Football League (NFL) for the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys.
Haley was this year’s guest speaker for the event. He spoke briefly about his predictions on the Dallas Cowboys upcoming football season. He gave an inside look into the personalities of the current team players.
However, he didn’t limit his speech to football. Haley used his time to address mental health in America and how he felt after he was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder.
In his playing days, Haley was a versatile defensive player and began his career as a specialty outside linebacker, eventually progressing to a pass-rusher and finally a full-fledged defensive end. He is the first five-time Super Bowl champion, and is one of only two such players, the other being Tom Brady.
He won two Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers and three with the Dallas Cowboys. He displayed his Super Bowl rings in a small case for his fans. Fans got the chance to take photos with Haley and his Super Bowl rings at the event.
BGCA kids, who were volunteering their time at the event, had Haley autograph their shirts.
Haley was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.
In 1992, Haley was moved to right defensive end in the Dallas Cowboys 4-3 defense, made 39 tackles, six sacks and 42 quarterback pressures and helped the team improve from the 17th in total defense in 1991 to first. Haley received the UPI NFC Defensive Player of the Year Award.
In 1994, Haley recovered from an off-season surgery to post 68 tackles, 12.5 sacks and 52 quarterback pressures.
In 1995, Haley posted 10.5 sacks, 33 quarterback pressures and 35 tackles in the first 10 games, until he suffered a ruptured disk during a game against the Washington Redskins. He started in Super Bowl XXX six weeks after having back surgery, making one sack, three quarterback pressures and five tackles. He retired after the season due to back injuries.
The event is the club’s largest fundraiser of the year. It’s highlighted every year by a guest speaker, traditionally a Dallas Cowboy or a San Antonio Spur.