Vikings Hall of Fame defensive end Chris Doleman dies

He was only 58 years old.
Author:
Publish date:

Minnesota VIkings great Chris Doleman died Tuesday night after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was 58. 

Doleman, who in 2018 had surgery to remove a brain tumor, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012 after a 15-year playing career in which he totaled 150.5 sacks, the fifth-most in NFL history. 

"The Minnesota Vikings express our deepest sympathies to Chris Doleman's family and friends upon his passing. Chris was a great example for players past and present, as he embodied all the best characteristics of a Viking – resilience, toughness and a competitive spirit. Chris always carried himself with dignity and class. Vikings fans worldwide will greatly miss him," the Vikings said in a statement. 

Selected by the Vikings with the fourth pick in the 1985 NFL Draft, Doleman spent 10 years in Minnesota. Six of his eight appearances in the Pro Bowl were as a Viking, and both of his All-Pro First Team selections (1989, 1992) were with Minnesota. 

Sign up to receive BREAKING NEWS newsletters from BMTN

"The entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Chris Doleman after a prolonged and courageous battle against cancer," said David Baker, Pro Football Hall of Fame president and CEO. "I had the honor of getting to know him not only as a great football player but an outstanding human being."

"The legacy of Chris Doleman will live forever in Canton, Ohio, for generations to learn from how he lived a life of courage and character."

"When I was a little kid, I never thought in my wildest dreams I would ever be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame," Doleman told NFL Network in May 2018. "I also never thought that I'd have brain cancer either."

Next Up

Related

Vikings great Chris Doleman enshrined in NFL Hall of Fame

Former Vikings defensive end Chris Doleman was the third of six players inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame Saturday in Canton, Ohio. Drafted by the Vikings as linebacker, Doleman switched to defensive end and went on to a 150-sack career. Doleman spent his 15-year career with the Vikings, Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers.

Doleman enjoying the Hall of Fame life

Vikings' all-time sack leader Chris Doleman was elected into the pro football Hall of Fame last weekend, and he's enjoying the company around him. Doleman says being in the Hall of Fame affords him the opportunity that "very few people get an opportunity to experience."