Chris Doleman

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]

Chris Doleman
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Doleman in 2013
No. 56
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born:October 16, 1961 (age 57)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:289 lb (131 kg)
Career information
High school:York (PA) Penn
NFL Draft:1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

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 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.[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]


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

Spouse: LaTresa Doleman (m. 2018), Toni Yuille (m. 1985-2007)

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


  1. ^ Chris Doleman   (December 30, 2013). "Chris Doleman, DE at". Retrieved February 6, 2014.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "Chris Doleman NFL Football Statistics". October 16, 1961. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  3. ^ Seifert, Kevin. "Chris Doleman makes the Hall of Fame - NFC North Blog - ESPN". Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  4. ^ "Enshrinement » The Drafting of the 2012 Class – Chris Doleman". 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". Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  7. ^ "Chris Doleman Statistics".
  8. ^ "Single-Season Sacks Leaders".
  9. ^ "Chris Doleman 1999 Game Log". October 16, 1961. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  10. ^ "Chris Doleman NFL Football Statistics". October 16, 1961. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  11. ^ "Class of 2012". 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". March 26, 2018.
1985 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1985 Minnesota Vikings season was the franchise's 25th season in the National Football League The Vikings finished with a record of seven wins and nine losses.

Bud Grant returned to coach the Vikings after a year absence. Following the season, Grant retired for good after 18 years with the franchise.

1985 NFL Draft

The 1985 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. The draft was held April 30 and May 1, 1985, at the Omni Park Central Hotel in New York City, New York. The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season.

The first six selections of the draft made at least one Pro Bowl, and three of the first 16 picks — Bruce Smith, Chris Doleman, and Jerry Rice — have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.For the second consecutive season, there were no quarterbacks chosen in the first round on draft day, although University of Miami quarterback Bernie Kosar was selected by the Browns in the supplemental draft several months later.

1986 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1986 Minnesota Vikings season was the franchise's 26th season in the National Football League. After Bud Grant's departure following the 1985 season, offensive coordinator Jerry Burns was promoted to be the team's fourth head coach.

The Vikings finished with a record of nine wins and seven losses.

1987 All-Pro Team

The 1987 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Pro Football Writers Association, Pro Football Weekly and The Sporting News in 1987. Both first- and second- teams are listed for the AP and NEA teams. These are the five teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. In 1987 NEA went with a 3-4 format for their All-Pro defense.

1987 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1987 Minnesota Vikings season was the team's 27th year in the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of eight wins and seven losses. The 1987 strike caused the cancellation of the September 27 game at the Kansas City Chiefs. The games played October 4, 11 and 18 were played with replacement players.

Despite finishing the season only one game over .500, and losing three of their final four games, Minnesota sneaked into the playoffs with the final Wild Card position. In the playoffs, the Vikings won two huge upsets, beating the 12–3 Saints and 13–2 49ers on the road. The Vikings were unable, however, to defeat the eventual Super Bowl champion Redskins in the NFC Championship Game.

1989 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1989 Minnesota Vikings season was the franchise's 29th season in the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of ten wins and six losses, and winning the NFC Central Division. This title was secured during one of what is considered by many to be among the most exciting Monday Night Football contests ever: a Christmas Day victory over the Cincinnati Bengals at home, at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, which was the de facto first playoff game of the year. This season was also notable by how many sacks the defense produced, with 39 coming from only two players (Chris Doleman and Keith Millard) and 71 overall. Millard would later receive Defensive Player of the Year honors after putting up record numbers by a defensive tackle. The Vikings were once again embarrassed by the defending Super Bowl champion 49ers in the divisional round, losing 41-13.

1990 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1990 Minnesota Vikings season was the 30th year season for the Minnesota Vikings and the 71st regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of six wins and ten losses. After beginning the season 1–1, the Vikings dropped their next five games and found themselves at 1–6. However, they caught fire mid-season with a five-game winning streak to even their record at 6–6 (including a 41–13 thumping of the eventual NFC Central champion Chicago Bears in Week 12). While being in the thick of the wild card race, the Vikings suddenly fell apart with a four-game losing streak to finish at 6–10.

Notable additions to the team this season were wide receiver Cris Carter and undrafted defensive lineman John Randle, both of whom would go on to have Hall of Fame careers.

Injuries to the defense and a lackluster season from Herschel Walker were the story of the team's season.

1991 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1991 Minnesota Vikings season was the 31st year season play for the team and the 72nd regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of eight wins and eight losses. Head coach Jerry Burns retired after the season.

Herschel Walker, going into his third year with Minnesota, went through another season of frustration and he was released following the season. In his two and a half seasons with the Vikings, he failed to reach 1,000 yards. The Walker trade to Minnesota never lived up to expectations and this allowed the Dallas Cowboys to use two draft picks (Emmitt Smith and Darren Woodson) to become a dominant team that won three Super Bowls in the 1990s.

1992 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1992 Minnesota Vikings season was the team's 32nd in the 73rd regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of 11 wins and five losses. With that record, they returned to the playoffs after a two-year absence. They met the Washington Redskins, their first playoff meeting in six years after the 1987 NFC Championship game, this time in the Wildcard round. The Vikings looked to avenge their loss, but it was too late as the Redskins would go on to stun the NFC Central champions, 24-7.

Minnesota's starting quarterbacks were Rich Gannon, who went 8-4 in twelve starts, and Sean Salisbury, who won three of his four starts. The team's leading rusher was Terry Allen, who ran for 1,201 yards. Receivers Cris Carter and Anthony Carter led the team with 681 and 580 receiving yards, respectively.

1993 All-Pro Team

The 1993 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association, and The Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 1993. Both first and second teams are listed for the AP team. These are the three teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. In 1993 the Pro Football Writers Association and Pro Football Weekly combined their All-pro teams, a practice with continues through 2008.

1993 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1993 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 33rd in the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of nine wins and seven losses. With a record of 9–7, the team was unable to match the success of the previous season. Their season ended with a 17–10 loss to the New York Giants in the Wild Card round.

Newly acquired Jim McMahon, who was known for helping the Chicago Bears win the Super Bowl in 1985, was the Vikings starting quarterback for the season. He spent only one year with the team and after the season, the rebuilding Vikings decided not to renew McMahon's contract and he would go on to sign with other teams. The Vikings later acquired Warren Moon for next season.

Cris Carter and John Randle were named to play in the Pro Bowl after the season. It was the first Pro Bowl for both future Hall of Famers.

Terry Allen, who had a breakout season the previous year, missed the entire season after tearing his ACL in practice.

1994 Minnesota Vikings season

The 1994 season was the Minnesota Vikings' 34th in the National Football League and their third under head coach Dennis Green. The team finished with a 10–6 record and reached the playoffs for a third straight season, but also failed to make it out of the Wild Card round for the third year in a row, losing 35–18 to their division rival Chicago Bears.

1995 Atlanta Falcons season

The 1995 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise’s thirtieth season in the National Football League (NFL). The team finished with a 9–7 record, and qualified for the post-season as a wild card.

The Falcons’ pass defense gave up 4,541 yards through the air in 1995, which was a league record until 2011. The Falcons’ defense faced a total of 650 pass attempts, the most all time. The 405 passes completed against Atlanta in 1995 are fifth-most in NFL history. Still, Atlanta's points surrendered was 19th in the league, and its point-differential for the season was +13.

1997 Pro Bowl

The 1997 Pro Bowl was the NFL's all-star game for the 1996 season. The game was played on February 2, 1997, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The final score was AFC 26, NFC 23. Mark Brunell of the Jacksonville Jaguars was the game's MVP. In the game, Brunell threw for 236 yards. He connected with the Oakland Raiders Tim Brown for an 80-yard touchdown to tie the game at 23 with only 44 seconds to go.

The referee was Larry Nemmers.

To date, this is the most recent Pro Bowl that went to overtime.

Jeff Stover

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John Teerlinck

John Teerlinck (born April 9, 1951) is a former American football player and coach.

List of Minnesota Vikings first-round draft picks

The Minnesota Vikings joined the National Football League (NFL) in 1961. The Vikings' first draft selection as an NFL team was Tommy Mason, a running back from Tulane University. The team's most recent first-round selection is Mike Hughes, a cornerback from Central Florida.

Every April, each NFL franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft known as the "NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting", more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Teams are ranked in reverse order based on the previous season's record, with team with the worst record picking first, the team with the second-worst record picking second, and so on. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion always picks last, and the Super Bowl loser always picks second-last. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.

The Vikings have selected number one overall twice. The Vikings received the first pick in 1961 as an expansion franchise and then again in 1968 when the franchise chose Ron Yary, an offensive tackle from the University of Southern California. The Vikings have used first-round selections on players from the University of Southern California five times, Michigan State University four times, and from the University of Notre Dame, Oklahoma State University, Ohio State University and Florida State University three times. The Vikings have drafted 10 running backs, the most common position drafted by the franchise, followed by defensive end (9), defensive tackle (8), offensive tackle (7) and linebacker (7). Six eventual Hall of Famers have been selected by the Vikings in the first-round: Carl Eller, Alan Page, Chris Doleman, Randall McDaniel, Ron Yary, and Randy Moss.

List of National Football League career sacks leaders

This is a list of National Football League (NFL) players who have reached the 100-sack milestone.

The NFL began to keep track of sacks in 1982. Sacks before this date are not included in this list.

Scott Myers

Scott Myers (born 1958, USA) is an American painter and sculptor who lives and works in Texas. He graduated Texas A&M University in 1984 with a doctorate in veterinary medicine. He studied sculpture throughout Italy focusing on Florence, Venice and Rome. Sculpting in Tuscany, he cast his work in bronze at the prestigious Fonderia d'Arte Massimo Del Chiaro in Pietrasanta. In 1994, Myers became an elected member of the National Sculpture Society. On February 12, 2011, Myers was featured in the popular television show Texas Country Reporter. Myers was inducted in the inaugural class of the Haltom City High School Hall of Fame on March 10, 2011.Myers is best known for sculpting busts for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including Chris Doleman, Chris Hanburger, Rickey Jackson, Russ Grimm, Bob Hayes, Randall McDaniel, Fred Dean, Emmitt Thomas, Bruce Matthews, Rayfield Wright, Elvin Bethea, Curley Culp, Claude Humphrey, Charles Haley and Kevin Greene.Myers' paintings focus mostly on ranch life and western landscapes, with horses and cowboys figuring prominently in his subject matter. His paintings combine bold color with a Monet-like layering of color and texture that makes him unique in the western art genre.

Chris Doleman

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