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Cowboys Midsummer Madness, Round One: Charles Haley vs. Tony Hill

As we head into the summer doldrums, BTB introduces its own form of March Madness to get you through the slow period until training camp: a 64-player "Best Cowboy of all time" tournament! Today’s first round match-up features six seed Charles Haley facing off against eleven seed Tony Hill.

The cruel gauntlet that is the Roger Goodell Regional continues today with another skirmish between two worthy opponents: sixth-seeded Charles Haley, who, in his brief Dallas tenure proved to be the pass rushing force the Cowboys needed to get over the top, and Tony "Thrill" Hill, a man who, were it not for Bob Hayes, might well be considered the most dangerous big-play receiver in Cowboys' history. Who will advance to take on Rayfield Wright in the second round? Read the bios and hit the links, good people!

Wanna keep tabs on the state of the bracket or look ahead to future contests? All the Midsummer Madness info you could ever want can be found right here.


Player: Charles Haley

Position: defensive end

Seed: 6


Name Years Career AV Pro Bowls All-Pro RoH HoF
Charles Lewis Haley

Bio: Haley was acquired via trade on the eve of the 1992 season, and made an immediate impact. Although he only registered ten sacks in his first two seasons in Dallas, he applied constant pressure to opposing quarterbacks, which helped his linemates compile some gaudy statistics. In 1991, the Cowboys had 23 sacks; in 1992, they had 44. While some of this can be attributed to the development of young players, much of it was due to Haley's presence.

In 1994 and '95, Haley took a bigger slice of the statistical pie for himself, registering double-digit sack totals both seasons and twice being named to the Pro Bowl; In 1994, when he piled up 12.5 sacks, he was selected All-Pro as well as UPI Defensive Player of the Year. In his five seasons in Dallas, Haley totaled 34 sacks and innumerable pressures, may of them on third down or late in games.In Dallas, he was an integral part of three Super Bowl winning teams, and is the only player in NFL history to have been a part of five Super Bowl wins. Haley was inducted into the Ring of Honor in 2011, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2015.

*Haley's AV in Dallas was 40; his career AV (two teams) was 100.

**Hayley went to two Pro Bowls as a Cowboys, and five in his career.

***Haley was named All-Pro once while with Dallas, and twice in his career.

Selected by Dallas in first round (17th player overall), 1990 … Won rushing crowns in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995 … Led NFL in rushing touchdowns three times … Major contributor to Cowboys Super Bowl XXVII, XXVIII, XXX victories … Named first-team All-Pro 1992-95 … In 1993, named NFL’s MVP and MVP in Super Bowl XXVIII … 11 straight 1,000-yard seasons … Became NFL’s all-time rushing leader in 2002 … Career totals: 18,355 yards and 164 touchdowns rushing; also had 515 receptions … Born May 15, 1969 in Pensacola, Florida. - See more at:


Player: Tony Hill

Position: wide receiver

Seed: 11


Name Years Career AV Pro Bowls All-Pro RoH HoF
Leroy Anthony Hill, Jr.

Bio: Hill was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 1977 draft, and started his career as a punt returner and occasional backup receiver, helping the Cowboys to win a Lombardi in Super Bowl XII in his rookie season. The following season he became the starter, and earned a Pro Bowl nod after averaging 17.9 yards per catch and scoring six touchdowns, while leading the led the team in both receptions and yardage for for the first of nine straight years and helping the team to their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance

In 1979, he, Drew Pearson, and Tony Dorsett became the first three teammates to have 1,000 yards receiving and rushing, respectively. Pearson and Hill also became the first wide receiver tandem in Cowboys history to record 1,000-yard receiving seasons in the same year. In 1981, Hill averaged a staggering 20.7 yards per reception. When Pearson retired after the 1983 season, Hill became the Cowboys top receiving threat and, in 1985, enjoyed his best season, catching 74 balls for 1113 yards and seven scores.

Hill was nicknamed "Thrill" and "Dial 80" because of his explosiveness and ability to make big plays. In the 1983 season opener, his big play ability was a key factor in the Cowboys coming back from a 23-3 halftime deficit to win 31-30, catching 75- and 51-yard Danny White bombs in the third quarter. Over his ten-year career, Hill was a three-time Pro Bowl selection. He retired ranked first in receiving yards, second in receiving touchdowns and second in catches in Dallas Cowboys history.

Alright, BTBers, which man advances to the next round?

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