Former 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr. will serve next month as a Pro Football Hall of Fame presenter for the fifth time when he introduces pass-rush specialist Charles Haley.
Haley, a fourth-round draft pick of the 49ers in 1986, played his first six NFL seasons with the 49ers. He returned to the 49ers for the playoffs in 1998 and the full 1999 season. He won two Super Bowls with the 49ers and three Super Bowls in five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys after a 1992 trade.
DeBartolo also served as the presenter for coach Bill Walsh in 1993, quarterback Joe Montana in 2000, defensive end Fred Dean in 2008 and wide receiver Jerry Rice in 2010.
The first duty of the presenters takes place at the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner on Thursday, Aug. 6 in Canton, Ohio.
The presenters, along with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Hall of Fame president David Baker will be center stage to greet the Class of 2015 after they pass through a ceremonial gauntlet of the more than 100 Hall of Famers on hand for the weekend’s activities. The presenters will then formally present the Hall of Fame gold jacket to their specific enshrinee.
The enshrinement ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8. The presenters will officially introduce the Class of 2015 through video presentations shown on large video screens and broadcast to the national television audience.
The other presenters for the Class of 2015:
Jerome Bettis: John Bettis III, Jerome’s brother
Tim Brown: Donald Kelly, Tim’s brother
Bill Polian: Marv Levy, Hall of Fame coach
Junior Seau: Sydney Seau, Junior’s daughter
Will Shields: Adrian Lunsford, friend
Mick Tingelhoff: Fran Tarkenton, Mick’s teammate & HOF quarterback
Ron Wolf: Eliot Wolf, Ron’s son