Former JMU great Haley to be FCS ambassador

Former James Madison All-America linebacker Charles Haley, the only NFL player to win five Super Bowls, has been named the FCS ambassador for the 2012 NCAA Division I Football Championship.

The 2012 championship game follows the 2011 season and will be played Saturday, Jan. 7 at Pizza Hut Park.

Haley's ambassador role will support the championship game in a number of ways, including pre-game interaction with fans, serving as an instructor at a youth clinic, performing the pre-game coin toss and participating in the post-game awards ceremony.

"I'm honored to serve as FCS ambassador for the 2012 Division I Football Championship Game," Haley said. "Greatness is not born, it's made. The FCS has been turning out great players for years and I look forward to watching these outstanding student-athletes compete at the highest level."

Haley was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame earlier this year. He was a four-year starter at James Madison under head coach Challace McMillin.

Haley became the first Dukes player to be selected as a First-Team All- American in 1985 and became the school's first NFL draftee as a fourth-rounder in 1986. He finished his JMU career with a school-record 506 tackles, three interceptions and 17 quarterback sacks.

He played both linebacker and defensive end in the NFL, winning two Super Bowl rings with the San Francisco 49ers (1988 and 1989) and three with the Dallas Cowboys (1992, 1993 and 1995).

Previous ambassadors of the FCS championship game were Wayne Chrebet (Hofstra) two years ago and Everson Walls (Grambling State) last year.