Former NFL player and scout Dick Haley died Friday. He was 85 years old.
“We have lost an amazing football mind and a better man in the passing of Dick Haley,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said. “He was a valuable part of this franchise for 23 years, the first 4 as a player and the last 19 as a member of the player personnel department.
“Dick played a big part in our unprecedented success in the 1970s in the second half of his career,” Rooney added. “He developed a unique eye for talent, and he eventually helped identify and draft many of the players that allowed us to win four Super Bowls during that decade. My condolences to Haley’s entire family at this difficult time.”
Haley was drafted in the ninth round of the 1959 NFL Draft. He played cornerback at Washington, Minnesota and Pittsburgh. Haley had 14 interceptions and two touchdowns.
During his tenure as Steelers director of player personnel from 1971-1990, Pittsburgh won four Super Bowls (IX, X, XIII and XIV). Haley is a franchise Hall of Famer.
His son, Todd, was a longtime NFL coach.