From 126 nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Hall’s Selection Committee has now chosen 25 modern-era semifinalists. That list includes former Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson and defensive end Charles Haley. Johnson made the semi-finalist list for the first time this year despite being previously eligible.
Johnson coached the Cowboys from 1989 until 1993. Winning Super Bowls with the franchise in 1992 and 1993. He would later coach the Miami Dolphins from 1996 to 1999. Johnson had an overall NFL career coaching record of 89-68-0. (9-4 in the postseason) He also won an NCAA Championship in 1987 as the head coach of the Miami Hurricanes.
Haley was a member of the San Francisco 49ers from 1986-1991 and in 1999. He was traded to the Cowboys and spent four seasons in Dallas from 1992 until 1996 Dallas Cowboys. Haley is a five-time Super Bowl champion. In his 12 NFL seasons, he recorded nearly 500 total tackles, over 100 sacks and earned five trips to the Pro Bowl. In 2011, Haley was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor.
According to profootballhof.com, the list of 25 semifinalists will be reduced by mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists. Although there is no set number of enshrinees for any Hall of Fame Class, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s current ground rules stipulate that between four and seven new members will be selected each year. The results of the modern-era reduction vote to 15 finalists will be announced during a one-hour special on NFL Network on Wednesday, Jan. 8 2014 at 10 p.m. ET. The Class of 2014 will be officially enshrined on Saturday, Aug. 2 in Canton, Ohio as the main event of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Annual Enshrinement Festival Celebration.