Charles Haley was known for his speed and pursuing action on the football field, earning a record five Super Bowl championships during his NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers.
But when it comes to going from a football field to a racetrack, Haley – who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August – isn’t the fearless defensive end/linebacker he used to be.
When asked if he would like to take his classic 1968 Ford Mustang for a spin on Texas Motor Speedway – where he served as honorary starter for Saturday’s Firestone 600 IndyCar race – Haley demurred.
“That’s my girlfriend, we keep it real slow,” Haley said of his car. “Nothing over 45 (mph).”
But that’s not to say Haley doesn’t like speed. He’s quickly become an IndyCar fan, although he’d never try to emulate the guys behind the wheel.
“You have to be a little nuts to drive,” he said, “but it’s very exciting to watch on TV and now to see it in person.”
We have to wonder, after watching all of those Indy cars doing 200-mph plus, did Haley put the petal to the metal when leaving TMS after Saturday night’s race?
Like maybe 46 mph – or, gosh, maybe even get it all the way up to 50?
And wouldn’t it be ironic if Haley turned on his radio and out came Sammy Hagar’s “I Can’t Drive 55!”