NFL Hall of Famer Chris Doleman has passed away

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

NFL Hall of Famer Chris Doleman has passed away. He was 58. 

Doleman passed away on Tuesday night, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He died of cancer. 

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In January 2018, he was diagnosed with Glioblastoma. It is the most aggressive form of cancer that attacks the brain. 

A little after two years after his diagnosis, he is gone.

He played in the NFL from 1985 through the 1999 season. Doleman was the fourth overall pick by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1985 NFL Draft. 

He played for two other teams in his career. Besides playing for the Vikings, he also played for the Atlanta Falcons and the San Francisco 49ers. 

“I played for God, family, and teams,” Doleman said in a quote on his Pro Football Hall of Fame page. “My teammates were very important to me, but I always knew that I wanted to honor God. I never wanted to embarrass my family by playing bad, doing something that would bring shame to them, and my teammates, I owed that to them. 

“I owed them the best performance that I could give them, week in, week out.” 

Doleman was an eight-time Pro Bowler in his career. He was also a three-time first-team All-Pro and a two-time second-team All-Pro. 

He was the NFL’s sack leader in 1989. Doleman was also named to the NFL’s 1990s All-Decade Team. 

He is a part of the Vikings Ring of Honor. Plus, in 2010, he was named as one of the 50 greatest Vikings of all-time.

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