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DeBartolo, Haley don't get call from Hall

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DeBartolo, Haley don't get call from Hall

Eddie DeBartolo and Charles Haley were not among the six inductees into the 2012 NFL Hall of Fame class.Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin, and Willie Roaf make up the 2012 inductees.The newly-elected class, announced on the eve of Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, will be formally enshrined on Saturday, Aug. 4, in Canton, Ohio.

DeBartolo oversaw the 49ers as owner from 1977 until he stepped away in December 1997 when he became a target of gambling fraud charges in Louisiana. This was the first time he had advanced to the stage of "finalist" for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.The 49ers had several rough seasons after DeBartolo took over as owner of the 49ers in 1977. He made four coaching changes in his first three seasons.The 49ers were 2-14 in back-to-back seasons in 1978 and '79, the first year Walsh was in charge. DeBartolo stuck with Walsh and saw the team improve to 6-10 in 1980 before bringing home the 49ers' first Super Bowl title in 1981.Under DeBartolo's driven leadership, the 49ers won 10 or more games in each of his final 16 non-strike seasons. The 49ers won 13 NFC West titles and made failed to make the playoffs only twice during that time.The 49ers' final two Super Bowls came with George Seifert as head coach, following Walsh's resignation after the 49ers won Super Bowl XXIII over the Cincinnati Bengals, 20-16, on Montana's last-minute touchdown pass to John Taylor.Haley holds the record with five Super Bowl titles as a player. He was a key member of two 49ers Super Bowl teams at the ends of the 1988 and '89 seasons. After he was traded to the Cowboys, he won three more championships with Dallas.
Haley held the 49ers' rookie sack record of 12 after entering the league as a fourth-round draft pick from James Madison in 1986 until Aldon Smith broke the record with 14 this season.He ranks second in 49ers history with 66.5 sacks in seven seasons. Haley was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time first-team All-Pro.After playing five seasons with the Cowboys and being out of the game for two full regular seasons, Haley returned to the 49ers for the playoffs in 1998. He played all 16 games for the 49ers in 1999 before exiting the NFL.
Doleman, who is one of the six inductees, played for the 49ers from 1996-1998. He racked up 150.5 career sacks in 15 seasons. He recorded 10 or more sacks in a season eight times, including all three years in San Francisco.

Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'

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Roger Goodell: 'What we are trying to stay out of is politics'

NEW YORK — The NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand during the national anthem.

Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said Wednesday at the league’s fall meetings that altering the language from “should stand” to “must stand” was not discussed.

New York Giants owner John Mara noted that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones “spoke at length” to the other owners about the anthem issue. Jones has said any Dallas player who doesn’t stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” would not be playing.

Goodell reiterated that the league and its 32 clubs “believe everyone should stand for the national anthem. It’s an important part of our policy and the game. It’s important to honor our flag and our country and I think our fans expect that.”

Asked about any owners who threatened discipline for players who didn’t stand, Goodell said the owners didn’t discuss it.

“There was a fair amount of conversation and I think our clubs see it the same way. I can’t deal with hypotheticals,” Goodell said.

Reminded that President Donald Trump tweeted again Wednesday about the demonstrations during the anthem, Goodell said there was nothing unpatriotic about his league.

“Everyone feels strongly about our country and have pride,” he said, adding the NFL is “not afraid of tough conversations.

“What we are trying to stay out of is politics.”

Goodell noted that only six or seven players are still kneeling or are involved in protests.

“We hope we will continue to work to put that at zero,” he said.

On Tuesday, in an unprecedented move for a league meeting, a group of 11 owners and more than a dozen players met for more than two hours at NFL headquarters. Among the topics discussed was enhancing the players’ platforms for speaking out on social issues.

“I understand the way they feel about these issues,” Goodell said Wednesday. “We feel the same about patriotism and the flag and I believe our players feel that way. We have a great deal of support for the efforts of our players.”

Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem

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Trump blasts NFL for not demanding players stand during national anthem

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is again criticizing the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem.

Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that the “NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem.”

He adds: “Total disrespect for our great country!”

Trump appeared to be responding to the NFL annual fall meeting on Tuesday. The league invited players and representatives from their union to discuss social issues.

The topic of the national anthem was not discussed at length. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said owners did not ask players to commit to standing during the anthem.

Trump has suggested the owners should “fire” any players who knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”