Chris Doleman is confirmed dead at the age of 58.
Chris was best known as a American Hall of Fame football player (Minnesota Vikings).
RT @CamHeyward: Tough week.... Lost another great in Chris Doleman. He was there for me and my family when my dad was going through…
RT @RapSheet: Hall of Fame defensive end Chris Doleman died late last night after a battle with brain cancer, the #Vikings confir…
RT @49ers: Saddened to learn of the passing of Chris Doleman. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris’ family during this diff…
RT @WCCOShaffer: My brother and I used to call Chris Doleman "The Jet" because when he stretched out his arms he looked like a 747 g…
RT @RapSheet: Hall of Fame defensive end Chris Doleman died late last night after a battle with brain cancer, the #Vikings confir…
RT @AdamSchefter: Hall of Fame defensive end Chris Doleman died Tuesday night after a battle with cancer, the Pro Football Hall of Fa…
RT @AtlantaFalcons: A defensive force. A Hall of Famer. Rest in peace, Chris Doleman.
RT @Vikings: The #Vikings have always had top-notch defensive linemen. Chris Doleman helped continue that legacy.
RT @WCCOShaffer: My brother and I used to call Chris Doleman "The Jet" because when he stretched out his arms he looked like a 747 g…
RT @Vikings: We express our deepest sympathies to Chris Doleman’s family and friends upon his passing.
RT @TMZ: NFL Hall Of Famer Chris Doleman Dies After Battle With Brain Cancer R.I.P.
RT @Vikings: We express our deepest sympathies to Chris Doleman’s family and friends upon his passing.
RT @Vikings: We express our deepest sympathies to Chris Doleman’s family and friends upon his passing.
RT @AdamSchefter: Hall of Fame defensive end Chris Doleman died Tuesday night after a battle with cancer, the Pro Football Hall of Fa…
RT @TMZ: NFL Hall Of Famer Chris Doleman Dies After Battle With Brain Cancer R.I.P.
RT @NFL: We mourn the passing of Pro Football Hall of Famer Chris Doleman after a courageous battle against cancer. He was 5…
RT @Pitt_FB: Today, we mourn the loss of a legendary, Hall of Fame player – and an even better man. Chris Doleman, 1961-2020.…
RT @TwitterMoments: During his annual Super Bowl press conference, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the league plans to pay tribute…
RT @TMZ: NFL Hall Of Famer Chris Doleman Dies After Battle With Brain Cancer R.I.P.
RT @AtlantaFalcons: A defensive force. A Hall of Famer. 1223013655152930816,2020-01-30 22:42:32 +0000,youcantblock_jd,RT @Tbell6613: The 1989 Minnesota Vikings Defense was one of the BEST in football. The unit had 71 QB Sacks. DE Chris Doleman had…
RT @CamHeyward: Tough week.... Lost another great in Chris Doleman. He was there for me and my family when my dad was going through…
RT @49ers: Saddened to learn of the passing of Chris Doleman. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris’ family during this diff…
RT @JizzleTizzle26: They always come in 3s: Kobe, Chris Doleman, John Andretti.
They always come in 3s: Kobe, Chris Doleman, John Andretti.
RT @scorindorin: As a former Pitt player, I take responsibility and pride in keeping guys like Chris Doleman and Bill Fralics legaci…
RT @ProFootballTalk: Terrell Suggs: Chris Doleman was the main reason I play defensive end
RT @Vikings: We express our deepest sympathies to Chris Doleman’s family and friends upon his passing.
RT @criscarter80: Kobe Sunday and last night my guy Chris Doleman (we got baptized in the Jordan River together 3 years ago) . Condol…
RT @Vikings: We express our deepest sympathies to Chris Doleman’s family and friends upon his passing.
Terrell Suggs on Chris Doleman: He’s ‘one of the reasons I started playing football’.
Kobe Bryant and Chris Doleman will both be "seen on Sunday in some fashion in a respectful way."
Kobe Bryant and Chris Doleman will both be "seen on Sunday in some fashion in a respectful way."
Kobe Bryant and Chris Doleman will both be "seen on Sunday in some fashion in a respectful way."
RT @VikingNations: Chris Doleman was the 4th overall pick of the '85 draft. In his 10 yrs with the Vikes, Dole amassed: 749 tackles 3…
Lost in the Kobe madness is that Chris doleman recently died (too soon) and is also one of the best ever at his position!!!!
@bmcsusn1963 Also football royalty with the passing of Chris Doleman
Kobe Bryant (41 yrs), NBA, Chris Doleman (58 yrs), NFL, John Andretti (56 yrs), Nascar Driver. Life is too short ma…
RT @Vikings: .@criscarter80 didn't just lose a former teammate. With the passing of Chris Doleman, he lost a friend he's had fo…
Terrible loss... Wow... Hall of Famer Chris Doleman dies at 58
RT @Pitt_FB: In Memory of Chris Doleman #H2P
RT @CharlesDSmith54: Chris Doleman 8/16/61- I/28/20. I remember meeting him my freshman year in the Tower C lobby. Dole was (Fralic as…
@OStoned Hall of fame DE Chris Doleman
RT @AtlantaFalcons: A defensive force. A Hall of Famer. 1223019749942222853,2020-01-30 23:06:45 +0000,lindapotyrala13,RT @Vikings: Chris Doleman was one of the greatest pass rushers to play the game.
RT @markcraignfl: Terrell Suggs had not heard the news about Chris Doleman when I talked to him this morning. It hit him pretty hard.…
Remembering Chris Doleman, and the #Vikings defenses that stoked the fire — from @JonKrawczynski:
RT @scorindorin: As a former Pitt player, I take responsibility and pride in keeping guys like Chris Doleman and Bill Fralics legaci…
RT @KirkCousins8: Saddened to hear of the passing of Chris Doleman, one of the greatest to ever wear the purple & gold. Our prayers a…
RT @JOEL9ONE: Chris Doleman... man..... he was an artist. One of the best to ever do it. Ultimate respect for his game. RIP.
RT @TMZ: NFL Hall Of Famer Chris Doleman Dead at 58 After Battle With Brain Cancer
RT @NFL: We mourn the passing of Pro Football Hall of Famer Chris Doleman after a courageous battle against cancer. He was 5…
RT @Tbell6613: The 1989 Minnesota Vikings Defense was one of the BEST in football. The unit had 71 QB Sacks. DE Chris Doleman had…
RT @scorindorin: As a former Pitt player, I take responsibility and pride in keeping guys like Chris Doleman and Bill Fralics legaci…
Chris Doleman
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Doleman in 2013
No. 56
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born:(1961-10-16)October 16, 1961
Indianapolis, Indiana
Died:January 28, 2020(2020-01-28) (aged 58)
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:289 lb (131 kg)
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 (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). Coleman also played for the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers. He was an 8-time Pro Bowl selection and a 3-time First-team All-Pro, recording 150.5 career sacks. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2012.
Contents
1 Early life
2 College career
3 NFL career
3.1 Statistics
4 Personal life
5 References
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.
College career
Doleman played football collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh. 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 ranks sixth in Pitt annals.
NFL career
Doleman was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1st round (4th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft. 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. 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.
He was a first-team All-Pro in 1987, 1989 and 1992. He garnered second-team All-Pro selections in 1990 and 1993.
In 2012, Doleman was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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
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.
On January 29, 2020, Doleman lost his battle with cancer and passed away at the age of 58.
Spouse: LaTresa Doleman (m. 2018)
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