Vikings Legends Reflect On Doleman’s Career

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 28, 2011 – 6:37 am

It was announced earlier this morning that Chris Doleman will become the 19th player in franchise history to join the Vikings Ring of Honor. Doleman, a Vikings DE for 10 seasons (1985-93, 99), will be inducted into the Ring of Honor during a halftime ceremony on Sunday, October 23, when the Vikings host the Green Bay Packers.

Doleman’s place in Vikings history is significant, as he registered 96.5 sacks as a Viking (he had 150.5 career sacks), 31 forced fumbles and 16 fumble recoveries, making him one of the best defensive linemen in the history of a franchise with several Hall of Fame linemen. Confirming Doleman’s significant status among Vikings greats is the way in which fellow Vikings speak of him.

Here’s what fellow Vikings Ring of Honor members John Randle and Scott Studwell, as well as Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Vikings QB Warren Moon, had to say about Doleman.

“Chris Doleman had the ability to deliver the big play when you needed it. Teams had to keep an eye on him because they knew it was coming, be it in the beginning, middle or end of the game. He was capable of making that big play. As a young guy learning the NFL game from him, he did so much for me. He taught me how to be a pro on and off the field. He was quiet on the field, a leader without speaking. It was his presence that influenced games. The way he studied the game and showed his teammates the way to prepare and be a mature player made a big impact on me.” — Randle

“Chris was a phenomenal player and a guy who could have excelled in any decade. His size, speed, balance and skill level were ahead of their time. He changed how teams could play against us. Chris was a good friend and teammate and earned the respect of the locker room.” — Studwell

“Doleman is one of those rare guys, maybe one of four or five that I played against during my career right there with Reggie White, Bruce Smith, Derrick Thomas, that you had to know where they were and set your protection accordingly. You had to know if you were going to help the tackle out with a tight end or running back to chip on those guys. Doleman was someone you always had to worry about because you knew he could get to the quarterback. The amount of time and attention that went to preparing for Chris Doleman benefitted the others guys on those defensive lines. He was one of
those guys that you had to make sure could be blocked in one way or another.” — Moon

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16 Responses to “Vikings Legends Reflect On Doleman’s Career”

  1. By Justin F on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    You know what’s sad? Remember how John Randle last year had to witness the destruction of the Vikings by the Packers? Well, Doleman is going to see the same thing.

  2. By NovaScotiaVike on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    Sad, but true.

  3. By bobbyc2701 on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    Doleman was a beast.Even when he went to Atlanta and San Francisco he was still effective.Wish he could play now.We could use someone to replace Pat Williams.Go Chiefs.Another couple of losses and we can draft Luck.Just like starting over.

  4. By chon69 on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    He’s one of our best all time favorites and my daughters uncle. It’s about time for Chris! He’s the man!

  5. By Viking Joe on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    Congrats to Mr. Doleman, you were a great DE !!!

  6. By Rocksalt on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    Congrats to Chris Doleman……wish we had you now………..

  7. By Ann Z on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    Way to go Chris–you were one of the all-time Viking GREATS!

  8. By Rocksalt on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    Doleman was a BEAST!

  9. By campfrazier on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    Here’s what fellow Vikings Ring of Honor members John Randle and Scott Studwell, as well as Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Vikings QB Warren Moon, had to say about Doleman.

    WOW didnt even give Randle his props how disrespectful. should read: fellow Vikings Ring of Honor Member Scott Studwell as well as Pro Football Hall of Famers, QB Warren Moon and DT John Randle.

  10. By Jeffbleedspurple on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    Chris Doleman! One of my favorites! Someone needs to explain to me how it is that he didn’t stay in purple, because I never could understand that part. One of my other favorites was right next to Doleman on the line and that was Keith Millard, that 1989 year when Doleman had 21 sacks I think Millard had something like 18, between those 2 men they got more sacks than a lot of teams got combined. Congrats to Doleman, a true purple people eatter.

  11. By Jeffbleedspurple on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    Come on Justin! don’t be such a optimistic, anything can happen before we face the Pack!! they could bench McNabb, Ponder can have a break out rookie start, Berrian would get speared by Nova and we would have to get a replacement, Frazier and Musgrave will call on Grant for some advice and start making some good play calling, almost sounds like a winning combination to me. GO VKINGS!!

  12. By Justin F on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    You giving Ponder a lot of credit there, Jeff. Nothing will change until week 5 at this rate. If we lose to the Chiefs, we will be ill prepared for the Packers next month.

  13. By Jeffbleedspurple on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Actually! I am not giving Ponder anything yet! he needs to earn that, there is no give mes in the NFL unless your playing against the Vikings in the 2nd half. What does need to be giving to Ponder though is a shot!

  14. By Wisconsin Viking on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t know what they are doing in the locker room at half time but they need to fix it. They are killing the other teams in the 1st half and then they come out and the offense goes 3 and out. The defense would be rated #1 if the offense would do their job and at least get 100+ yards of combined yardage in the 2nd half. against Detroit they looked a little better but you can’t expect the defense to give you a 3 and out every time.

  15. By Vike-A-Ditz on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Congrats to Chris Doleman on his upcoming induction to the Vikes ring of Honor. And a for sure future Hall of Famer.. One of my most favorite Vikes of a long list of great defensive players. A fine young man from the town I live in, York,Pa.! I recall being at a game in Philly watching my beloved Vikes down like 24-0 at halftime. Taking all kinds of abuse from eagles fans as you might expect. 2nd half started and before the eagles knew it ,big mo had swung the other way. Chris comes around from end and sacks Jaworski (yes, Jaworski) and forces a fumble which Joey Browner took in for a Viking score! After that the Vikes never looked back, With a couple TD catches from Anthony Carter, they won the game 28-24. Knocked eagles out of elgibility for playoffs. I was able to leave Vet stadium beaming from ear to ear!! Wasn’t hearing much from eagle fans on way out of stadium. One of the best comebacks I ever witnessed in person. It was, I think, Chris’s first year as a Vike. And one of Jaworski’s last, before Randall Cunningham took the reins as the eagles QB.

  16. By Wayne on Oct 1, 2011 | Reply

    McNabb is a candidate for the Ring of Shame.He’s ‘ hoping to improve his accuracy’ —-@ age 34. What is wrong with this picture, Frazier .?
    Sit him down. Admit your error. 3-6 now Leslie overall , and fading. Give Webb ……..or Ponder a shot. Watched last week in a local pub with other longtime (40 yrs) Viking fans. What a disgrace. Make Jared Allen player/coach,

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