Doleman Goes Into Ring Of Honor On Sunday

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 21, 2011 – 10:41 am

Football is a game that celebrates teamwork more than statistics, but if there is a statistic that captures the mind of football fans, it’s sacks. And there weren’t many players in Vikings history or NFL history who accumulated more sacks than Chris Doleman.

It is for that reason, among others, that Doleman will become just the 19th individual in franchise history to be inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor. Induction into this elite class of Vikings is the highest honor the organization can bestow upon an individual, and Doleman’s dominance along the defensive line makes him a qualified member of this group.

Doleman will be inducted into the Ring of Honor at halftime of Sunday’s game against Green Bay at Mall of America Field.

Doleman began and concluded his career with the Vikings, but also spent time with the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers. His breakthrough season came in 1987 when he tallied 11.0 sacks and six forced fumbles for the Vikings. Doleman’s best season came two years later in 1989, when he recorded a franchise single-season record 21.0 sacks. During his first stint with the Vikings (1985-1993), Doleman earned six Pro Bowl berths and three First-Team All-Pro honors.

Doleman played for the Falcons from 1994-1995 and then for the 49ers from 1996-1998, accumulating a total of 54.0 sacks in five seasons and also earning a Pro Bowl berth with each franchise. Doleman then finished his career with the Vikings during the 1999 season, registering 8.0 sacks and helping the Vikings advance to the Divisional round of the NFC playoffs. In 10 total seasons with the Vikings, Doleman registered 96.5 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.

In total for his career, Doleman accumulated eight Pro Bowl selections, three First-Team All-Pro honors and he was also named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Second-Team.

Doleman’s production and dominating presence over 15 seasons has placed him in an elite fraternity with the Vikings Ring of Honor and it should also result in induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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8 Responses to “Doleman Goes Into Ring Of Honor On Sunday”

  1. By Dave S. on Oct 21, 2011 | Reply

    Ahhh.. How I miss that guy.. :)

  2. By Matthias on Oct 21, 2011 | Reply

    To be real, we probably are going to lose this game. The Vikings aren’t a playoff caliber team anymore, therefor we have to focus on rebuilding starting with our Oline…

    @ Frederick Jones who would you pick next year???

    Maybe one of these guys?

  3. By Rocksalt on Oct 21, 2011 | Reply

    Congrats to Doleman- I hope the idiot voters will see that both Doleman and Cris Carter belong in th HOF!!!

  4. By Matthias on Oct 21, 2011 | Reply

    They will be members of the HOF soon.

  5. By Viking Joe on Oct 21, 2011 | Reply

    Congratulations to one of the Vikings best DE’s ever !!!!

  6. By NovaScotiaVike on Oct 21, 2011 | Reply

    Wish we had you now.

  7. By Thomas A. on Oct 21, 2011 | Reply

    Excited to be traveling to the game this weekend and to be there in person!!!

  8. By Frederick Jones on Oct 22, 2011 | Reply

    We need better OLs, DBs, and WRs to contend for a title next year.

    Ted Glover of the Daily Norsemen said the Vikings should have a better secondary than the JETS, if we had DRAFTED the way we should.

    Scout is a tough job according to THE DRAFT, written by Wil Mara. They spend a lot of time on the road. They MUST be shrewd judges of almost good enough talent vs good enough talent.

    Maybe some of our SCOUTS are burned out. The consultants have been working too long and don’t do much of the right thing.

    Then again, the guy pulling the trigger makes the decisions on whether we pick a QB, RB, TE, or the areas where we N E E D H E L P.

    HOW ANY FOOL COULD NOT DRAFT OLs and DBs last year is beyond me ! ! !
    (And our free agent decisions were bad too, although not as glaring as the ones with DBs and OLs)

    RIDICULOUS. Any two year old could have done better!!!

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