Chris Doleman
Chris Doleman


Chris Doleman
Christopher John Doleman (October 16, 1961 – January 28, 2020) was an American football defensive end who spent the majority of his career with the Minnesota

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Chris DolemanDoleman in 2013No. 56Position:Defensive endPersonal informationBorn:(1961-10-16)October 16, 1961
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.Died:January 28, 2020(2020-01-28) (aged 58)Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)Weight:289 lb (131 kg)Career informationHigh school:York (PA) PennCollege:PittsburghNFL Draft:1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4Career history Career highlights and awards Career NFL statisticsSacks:150.5Interceptions:8Touchdowns:3Player stats at NFL.comPlayer stats at PFRPro Football Hall of Fame

Christopher John Doleman (October 16, 1961 – January 28, 2020) was an American football defensive end who spent the majority of his career with the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). Doleman also played for the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers.[1] He was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and a three-time First-team All-Pro, recording 150.5 career sacks.[2] He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2012.[3]

Contents Early life

Doleman attended William Penn High School in York, Pennsylvania, and graduated in 1980. He spent a postgrad year at Valley Forge Military Academy in 1981.[4]

College career

Doleman played football collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh.[5] He was a star linebacker and defensive end for the Pitt Panthers from 1981 to 1984. He ended his career at Pitt with 25 sacks which was good for third all-time at the time of his departure. That total still[when?] ranks sixth in Pitt annals.

NFL career

Doleman was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round (4th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft.[6] He began his NFL career as an outside linebacker (OLB) in the Vikings' 3–4 defense, but for the 1987 season (Doleman's third season) the team decided to switch to a 4–3 defense, which resulted in him being moved from his spot at OLB up to the defensive line to play as a defensive end. The move paid off for Doleman, who recorded 21 sacks in the 1989 season, the highest total recorded that season and the fourth highest total ever.[7][8] The 21 sacks in a single season was a Vikings record until Jared Allen recorded 22 sacks in 2011. Doleman later played for the Atlanta Falcons and the San Francisco 49ers before returning to the Vikings in 1999 for his final season.[9]

He was a first-team All-Pro in 1987, 1989 and 1992. He garnered second-team All-Pro selections in 1990 and 1993.[10]

In 2012, Doleman was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[11]

Statistics Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles G GS Comb Total Ast Sack Int Yards Avg Long TD PD FF FR Yards 1985 MIN 16 13 113 0 0 0.5 1 5 5.0 5 0 0 0 3 0 1986 MIN 16 9 49 0 0 3.0 1 59 59.0 59 1 0 2 0 0 1987 MIN 12 12 57 0 0 11.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 6 0 0 1988 MIN 16 16 58 0 0 8.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1989 MIN 16 16 94 0 0 21.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 5 5 7 1990 MIN 16 16 92 0 0 11.0 1 30 30.0 30 0 0 4 0 0 1991 MIN 16 16 101 0 0 7.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 1 2 7 1992 MIN 16 16 64 0 0 14.5 1 27 27.0 27 1 0 6 3 0 1993 MIN 16 16 68 0 0 12.5 1 -3 -3.0 -3 0 0 3 1 0 1994 ATL 14 7 30 26 4 7.0 1 2 2.0 2 0 0 1 0 0 1995 ATL 16 16 51 36 15 9.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1996 SF 16 16 54 45 9 11.0 2 1 0.5 1 0 0 4 3 13 1997 SF 16 16 46 39 7 12.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 3 1 0 1998 SF 16 16 45 31 14 15.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 4 2 0 1999 MIN 14 12 53 41 12 8.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 2 2 7 Career[12] 232 213 975 218 61 150.5 8 121 15.1 59 2 0 44 24 34 Personal life

On January 25, 2018, Doleman had brain surgery which was later diagnosed as glioblastoma.[13] On January 28, 2020, Doleman died from the disease at the age of 58.[14]

References
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  2. ^ "Chris Doleman NFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. October 16, 1961. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  3. ^ Seifert, Kevin (February 4, 2012). "Chris Doleman makes the Hall of Fame". ESPN. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  4. ^ "Enshrinement » The Drafting of the 2012 Class – Chris Doleman". Profootballhof.com. July 17, 2012. Archived from the original on July 18, 2012. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  5. ^ Snedden, Jeff. "City of Pittsburgh well-represented in Canton this summer". Steel World Order. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  6. ^ "National Football League: NFL Draft History". NFL.com. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  7. ^ "Chris Doleman Statistics".
  8. ^ "Single-Season Sacks Leaders".
  9. ^ "Chris Doleman 1999 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. October 16, 1961. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  10. ^ "Chris Doleman NFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. October 16, 1961. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  11. ^ "Class of 2012". Profootballhof.com. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  12. ^ "Chris Doleman Stats". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  13. ^ "Vikings Legend Chris Doleman Working Way Back After Surgery For Brain Cancer". twincities.com. March 26, 2018.
  14. ^ "Hall of Fame DE Chris Doleman dies at age of 58". NFL.com. National Football League. January 29, 2020.
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