The NFL world acquired tragic information early Wednesday when Adam Schefter reported that the defensive wing of the Corridor of Fame Chris Doleman had died after a battle in opposition to most cancers. He was 58 years outdated.
Doleman was chosen within the first spherical of the 1985 NFL Draft, and performed 9 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, two with the Atlanta Falcons, three extra with the San Francisco 49ers, after which concluded his profession with the workforce that chosen him in 1999 .
In 15 seasons, Doleman recorded 975 mixed tackles and 150.5 catches, which ranks fifth of all time. He additionally led the league with 21 catches in 1989, which at the moment was tied for second in a season.
"The whole Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame household regrets the loss of life of Chris Doleman after an extended and courageous battle in opposition to most cancers," stated David Baker, president and CEO of the Corridor of Fame via ESPN. "I had the respect of assembly him not solely as an ideal soccer participant, but additionally as an impressive human being. One of many honors of my life was to witness Chris's christening on the Jordan River throughout a Corridor of Fame journey to Israel. "
"Chris Doleman's legacy will dwell endlessly in Canton, Ohio, for generations to find out how he lived a lifetime of braveness and character."
Doleman fought mind most cancers and underwent surgical procedure in 2018 to take away a mind tumor. Whereas the nice Viking by no means made it to a Tremendous Bowl, he missed the playoffs solely 5 instances in his profession. Doleman participated in a complete of 17 postseason video games and made eight Professional Bowls, based on NFL.com. He was included within the Vikings Ring of Honor in 2011 and within the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame in 2012.
"The Minnesota Vikings specific our deepest condolences to Chris Doleman's household and associates after his loss of life," the workforce stated in an announcement. "Chris was an ideal instance for previous and current gamers, as he embodied all the very best options of a Viking: endurance, toughness and aggressive spirit. Chris at all times behaved with dignity and sophistication. Viking followers all over the world they’ll miss him so much. "