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John Clayton’s Schooled: Football Hall of Famer Charles Haley on being a difficult teammate

Oct 13, 2016, 4:08 PM

Charles Haley had a Hall of Fame career but was traded twice due to off-field issues. (AP)...

Charles Haley had a Hall of Fame career but was traded twice due to off-field issues. (AP)

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Charles Haley is known for two things: His Hall of Fame career as a defensive end and linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys during those teams’ glory years in the 1980s and 90s, and his issues off the field and in the locker room at the same time.

How difficult was Haley to deal with during his playing days? He was traded twice in the prime of a career in which he won five Super Bowl rings, went to five Pro Bowls and won All-Pro honors twice.

Haley was eventually diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has since turned his life around, and on the latest episode of John Clayton’s Schooled he talked to the Professor about confronting mental illness, overcoming his demons, and what advice he gives young players struggling with similar issues.

You can listen the podcast at this link, on iTunes or wherever you find podcasts.

For more of Haley’s stories, be sure to check out his new book “Fear No Evil: Tackling Quarterbacks and Demons on My Way to the Hall of Fame.”

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