Charles Haley: “Dak is like Joe Montana”

I always loved Charles Haley. I always thought he was the baddest motherfucker that ever lived. A scary man as an edge rusher. To me, there was Haley and Lawrence Taylor, with Bruce Smith somewhere in there but not quite as nasty.

I wasn’t far off.

It was good to see a Hall of Famer say the things he did about the Cowboys Quarterback. Of course, Haley probably loves Prescott because it’s nice to see an African American QB succeeding for America’s Team.

Haley says that Prescott reminds him of Joe Montana.

“Dak reminds me of Joe,” Haley told Newy Scruggs of DFW’s NBC 5.

“I tell him all the time, I say, ‘Man, this is your show. This is your rodeo,’” said Haley, who also was teammates with Hall of Fame quarterbacks Steve Young and Troy Aikman. “I told him that after game [five] when he was saying it was Romo’s show. I wanted to punch him in his chest. Hey, hold up. You’ve won four in a row. Then, you win five a row. Now walk out on the field before the game and say, ‘Who’s team is this?’ If he didn’t say, ‘My team’ real fast, I’ll punch him again. ‘My team.’ He’s got to realize he’s got to control everybody. Whether Romo would have came back or not, it’s about the confidence and believing that he was the man. That he was driving the bus. Then, that confidence will spill over and it did. When you listen to players talk they talk big about Dak, because he’s a man of character and a man of strength and a man of conviction.”

“He came from nothing, like me,” Haley said. “So guess what? What can you do? How can you hurt someone that came from nothing, that had to pull himself up from the bootstraps and walk out on the stage wearing that star on his head and go? What can you say? What can you do?”

Saying he’s Joe Montana is a lot. There will never be another Joe Montana. But it’s a nice heaping praise that made a good storyline as we are about two weeks from training camp, where the Cowboys and Cardinals open up on a Thursday night in the Canton Hall of Fame Game.

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