Chris Doleman

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Chris Doleman
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Doleman in 2013
No. 56
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1961-10-16) October 16, 1961 (age 56)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Career information
High school: York (PA) Penn
College: Pittsburgh
NFL Draft: 1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Sacks: 150.5
Interceptions: 8
Touchdowns: 3
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Christopher John Doleman (born October 16, 1961) is a former American football defensive end who played in the National Football League (NFL) for the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, and San Francisco 49ers from 1985 to 1999.[1] He was an 8-time Pro Bowl selection and a 3-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]

Early life[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Doleman was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1st 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 3rd 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 their 4th lineman in the Defensive End (DE) position. 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[edit]

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[edit]

On January 25, 2018, Doleman had brain surgery which was later diagnosed as Glioblastoma.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chris Doleman   (2013-12-30). "Chris Doleman, DE at". Nfl.com. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  2. ^ "Chris Doleman NFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. 1961-10-16. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  3. ^ Seifert, Kevin. "Chris Doleman makes the Hall of Fame - NFC North Blog - ESPN". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  4. ^ "Enshrinement » The Drafting of the 2012 Class – Chris Doleman". Profootballhof.com. 2012-07-17. Archived from the original on 2012-07-18. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  5. ^ Snedden, Jeff. "City of Pittsburgh well-represented in Canton this summer". Steel World Order. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  6. ^ "National Football League: NFL Draft History". Nfl.com. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  7. ^ "Chris Doleman Statistics". 
  8. ^ "Single-Season Sacks Leaders". 
  9. ^ "Chris Doleman 1999 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. 1961-10-16. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  10. ^ "Chris Doleman NFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. 1961-10-16. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  11. ^ "Class of 2012". Profootballhof.com. Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  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. 2018-03-26.