The Ninth Annual Midwestern State Athletics Welcome Back Dinner features a member of the 2015 National Football League Hall of Fame class -- former Dallas Cowboy and San Francisco 49er Charles Haley -- as its guest speaker on Sunday, Aug. 23 at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The event begins with an enhanced silent auction and social beginning at 5:30 p.m. with Dallas Cowboy and Midwestern State memorabilia as well as other valuable items.
The dinner, catered by the Branding Iron, follows at 6 p.m. while the program begins at approximately 6:45.
Reserve your seat by submitting $70 for a student-athlete sponsorship. A limited number of complete tables accommodating six people with sponsor acknowledgment remain available and can be purchased for $300. Additional seats are available for $50. For more information, contact Sheri Mummert at (940) 397-4779.
Haley, who is set for enshrinement into the NFL Hall of Fame on August 8 in Canton, Ohio, is the only player in pro football history to win five Super Bowls including three with the Dallas Cowboys and two with the San Francisco 49ers.
Haley began his NFL career at linebacker and led San Francisco in sacks in each of his first six seasons. He recorded four double-digit sack totals with the 49ers including 12 sacks as a rookie and a career-high and NFC-leading 16 sacks in 1990.
He was moved to defensive end after his trade to Dallas and continued to excel at pressuring the quarterback. He added two more double-digit sack seasons in 1994 and 1995. Haley then suffered a serious back injury in 1996 that limited him to just five games. He retired after undergoing surgery.
However, after a two-year hiatus, Haley resigned with the 49ers as a backup defensive end for two playoff games in 1998. He came back to play one final season in 1999 and added three sacks to his career total.
When he walked away for the final time, Haley had amassed 100.5 sacks during his 169-game career. He was twice named NFC Defensive Player of the Year (1990 and 1994), voted to five Pro Bowls and named All-Pro two times, once as a linebacker and once as a defensive end.
He played in six NFC championship games over a seven-season period. He started at left outside linebacker for the 49ers in the 1988, 1989, and 1990 games and at right defensive end for the Cowboys in the conference championships in 1992, 1993, and 1994. He was inactive for the Cowboys' victory in the 1995 NFC Championship Game.
Haley was a member of 10 division championship teams during his 12-season NFL career. His final season marked the only year he played on a team with a losing record. Prior to that, the fewest number of wins in a season any 49ers and Cowboys team recorded with Haley on the roster was 10.