Maybe it's fitting that Charles Haley was passed over once again by the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

His former Cowboys teammate Larry Allen was selected to the Class of 2013 in his first trip to the finals, but Haley was passed over for a fourth time.

Haley will likely be a finalist again in 2014 for the fifth time. Maybe that can be his karma. A fifth trip into the room would match his five Super Bowl rings, the only player in NFL history with that many.

The consolation for Haley is that no one jumped him in the pass rusher queue in this class. There were three edge rushers in the slate of 15 finalists — Haley, Kevin Greene and Michael Strahan — and none was chosen. Like Haley, Greene was a first-time finalist.

Greene ranks third all-time in sacks with 160, Strahan fifth with 141 1/2 and Haley well down the list with 100 1/2. But those five Super Bowl rings remain a powerful argument — and, more important, he's still making cuts.

The Hall of Fame is a process. You have to continue making the cuts — the cut to the 25 semifinalists, then the cut to the 15 finalists, the cut to 10 at the selection meeting and, finally, the cut to five.