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Vikings to put Doleman in Ring of Honor

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When the Vikings host the Packers on October 23, one of the best defensive players in franchise history will enter the team’s Ring of Honor.

Defensive end Chris Doleman, one of the dominant sackmasters of the late 1980s, becomes the 19th person to receive that distinction.  Doleman had 21 sacks in 1989.  For his career, Doleman racked up 150.5 sacks, fourth most in NFL history.

He was a bright spot on a string of Vikings teams that were regarded as underachieving and one-dimensional, with a stout defense but a limited offense.

Passed over multiple times for inclusion in the Hall of Fame, Doleman’s recognition is overdue.  And if the Vikings are ahead by 20 or more points at intermission of the Packers game, maybe he can suit up one last time in the hopes of helping the team finally hold a lead.

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  1. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 28, 2011 9:40 AM

    And if the Vikings are ahead by 20 or more points at intermission of the Packers game, maybe he can suit up one last time in the hopes of helping the team finally hold a lead.

    ____

    Nice cheap shot.

  2. vikefan says: Sep 28, 2011 9:49 AM

    well deserved!! dido on the suiting up!!

  3. minkytails says: Sep 28, 2011 9:50 AM

    Congrats to you Chris, but how many players in the Vikings ring of honor have won a Super Bowl?

  4. kernelreefer says: Sep 28, 2011 10:04 AM

    Admire the attempt at humor, but DE is the one consistent spot on the Vikings team – and they are 7th in the league in sacks.

  5. dbellina says: Sep 28, 2011 10:10 AM

    York PA represent!

  6. pack93z says: Sep 28, 2011 10:12 AM

    As a Packer fan, it isn’t always popular to praise other teams players. But as a football fan you acknowledge greatness of the players.

    Doleman was a great player.. I think it proper for him to get his name included in that ring.

    Congrats Chris.

    Now lets hope they have a stadium that stays in MN in which it can be seen.

  7. cburke9 says: Sep 28, 2011 10:53 AM

    @kernelreefer

    you realize who wrote this, right? act like f.lorio takes facts into consideration before speaking

  8. bordner says: Sep 28, 2011 10:53 AM

    Seriously? The vikings have 19 players in their ring of honor? Doesn’t that seem like a lot?

  9. smoothjimmyapollo says: Sep 28, 2011 11:08 AM

    “Seriously? The vikings have 19 players in their ring of honor? Doesn’t that seem like a lot?”

    When you measure success by division championships, then the bar is pretty low – although Doleman is pretty deserving on any team.

  10. wiscdave says: Sep 28, 2011 11:16 AM

    Of the 19 members of the Ring of Honor, 15 are players (7 of whom are in the Hall of Fame), 2 are coaches (1 HOF), 1 is an executive (HOF), and 1 is the long-time trainer Fred Zamberletti. Zamberletti has been to every Vikings game, pre-season, regular season, and post-season. Nine of 19 are in the HOF, and the number will be 10 if Chris Carter is inducted.

  11. childressrulz says: Sep 28, 2011 11:22 AM

    You would think they would make this presentation with a team they could actually beat this year.

  12. The Phantom Stranger says: Sep 28, 2011 11:27 AM

    bordner says:
    Sep 28, 2011 10:53 AM
    Seriously? The vikings have 19 players in their ring of honor? Doesn’t that seem like a lot?
    _____________

    That’s what I thought, but then I looked at the names:

    Fran Tarkenton (HOF)
    Alan Page (HOF)
    Jim Finks (HOF)
    Bud Grant (HOF)
    Paul Krause (HOF)
    Fred Zamberletti (50 years with the team)
    Jim Marshall (282 consecutive starts, 127 sacks)
    Ron Yary (HOF)
    Korey Stringer (Died on the field)
    Mick Tingelhoff (240 consecutive starts, All Pro 7 consecutive years)
    Carl Eller (HOF)
    Cris Carter (Future HOF)
    Bill Brown (4th in team history rushing, 2nd in rushing touchdowns)
    Jerry Burns (Innovative offensive coordinator, invented west coast offense, head coach)
    Randall McDaniel (HOF)
    Chuck Foreman (3rd in team history rushing, 2nd in rushing touchdowns)
    John Randle (HOF)
    Scott Studwell (All-time leading tackler)
    Chris Doleman (Future HOF)

    Most of them are pretty big deals. Guys like Burnsie and Boom Boom Brown are just guys we like.

  13. purplehayseuss says: Sep 28, 2011 11:31 AM

    bordner says: Sep 28, 2011 10:53 AM

    Seriously? The vikings have 19 players in their ring of honor? Doesn’t that seem like a lot?

    ***
    You, sir (if indeed you have reached an age that qualifies you to be grown up) are an idiot.

    I usually explain myself. No need here. Go away.

  14. purplehayseuss says: Sep 28, 2011 11:36 AM

    smoothjimmyapollo says: Sep 28, 2011 11:08 AM

    “Seriously? The vikings have 19 players in their ring of honor? Doesn’t that seem like a lot?”

    When you measure success by division championships, then the bar is pretty low – although Doleman is pretty deserving on any team.
    ***
    When you measure success by number of hot dogs sold or hotness of cheerleaders or individual wealth of owner, things are very different.
    Every team has the right to put whomever they choose into their own ring of honor. Good thing they don’t come knocking on your door asking for advice. The NFL has nothing do say about what a team does to honor it’s own. Viking fans know all of the names in the Vikings Ring of Honor. We couldn’t give a (bleep) what dolts like you think. Now, go back to selling your cotton candy and red licorice whips. Smile more, and you’ll get better tips.

  15. packnasty says: Sep 28, 2011 11:42 AM

    Packers have 21 players in their “ring of honor”, and every one of them is a Hall of Famer. It doesn’t make much sense to me to enshrine a players name on the stadium unless they’re a hall of famer. It undermines the others in the organization that are that much better.

  16. captaintriumph says: Sep 28, 2011 11:49 AM

    For all you Packer fans coming on this thread and cheap-shotting the Vikings for no Super Bowl wins……we would have made it in 2009 if we didn’t get royally screwed by the refs. That’s a fact. And that was a great team. Last year you guys sneaked in at 10-6 (‘won’ 3-way tiebreak), Akers forgot how to kick, so you lucked into a Super Bowl win. It’s childish and tasteless for you to brag and criticize things that are pure luck.

  17. mel1sharples says: Sep 28, 2011 12:00 PM

    packnasty says:
    Sep 28, 2011 11:42 AM
    Packers have 21 players in their “ring of honor”, and every one of them is a Hall of Famer. It doesn’t make much sense to me to enshrine a players name on the stadium unless they’re a hall of famer. It undermines the others in the organization that are that much better.
    —————–
    Packnasty..as a Packer fan myself….

    Please shut up, that was pretty dumb. Who gives a rip what an organization does with its ROH…

    Congrats to Doleman…

  18. wiscdave says: Sep 28, 2011 12:06 PM

    The Ring of Honor honors HOF members and others who have been important to the team and the fans. Zamberletti is without question deserving of inclusion. Long-time fans know the stories about the others: Tingelhoff bouncing off the walls in the locker room to prove that he could play with a separated shoulder; Marshall getting out of a hospital bed to go to the game; Brown hitting the goal posts head-first on goal-line scoring plays. Other teams have their players and their stories, and they can honor them in a way they feel is appropriate. It helps keep traditions and history alive. I recently met a colleague who grew up in Minnesota. He was born about the time the Metrodome was built. He knew the names, but he had never seen them play, not even on tape. I showed him highlights from the ’69 season; it made his day.

  19. glennsyank13 says: Sep 28, 2011 12:36 PM

    Chris Gates sucks.

  20. jebdamone says: Sep 28, 2011 1:01 PM

    excellent call vikings. doleman is one of my favorite vikings of all time and should find his place in the HOF at some point. 21 sacks in a season? come on!

  21. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 28, 2011 1:23 PM

    Doleman was THE MAN.

  22. jessethegreat says: Sep 28, 2011 1:39 PM

    This is one Packers fan that is getting a little fed up with all the other Packers fans piling on. As a guy that has lived on the boarder of MN and WI my entire life (with the exception of a few years in the military), you guys are representing the rest of the Packers fans poorly. Its fine to give your buddies a jab here and there about their favorite teams struggles, but enough is enough. Offer something productive to say, or keep it to yourself. I get that you hate Favre and hated the Vikes more when he went there… I felt betrayed as well. But move on. They’ve suffered the consequences of that move. We’ve benefitted from Ted’s devotion to the team’s best interests and not a players. I supported the team then and always will. Don’t think for one minute that when Rodgers gets old and grey that Ted won’t think to move on then as well. Favre had a huge ego that we helped grow.. he did what he thought was in his best interests like most of us would do if we were in his position.

    On to the post….
    Minnie is making a good choice to honor one of their most productive players in their history.
    The guy was an excellent football player and its a good thing that they are showing some appreciation to him. Nice move Minnie.

  23. dobberdubinsky says: Sep 28, 2011 1:52 PM

    Congrats Chris, but the fact of the matter is, Doleman should’ve been inducted to the HOF this year instead of Dent. He was a far better player, I guess the difference comes down to the fact that Dent has a ring and Doleman doesn’t. Also, when is Cris Carter going in? His induction is long overdue!

  24. minnysoda says: Sep 28, 2011 4:46 PM

    Congrats to a great player
    Just ignore the Hater Fans of the Vikes As you should :
    captaintriumph says:
    Sep 28, 2011 11:49 AM
    For all you Packer fans coming on this thread and cheap-shotting the Vikings for no Super Bowl wins……we would have made it in 2009 if we didn’t get royally screwed by the refs. That’s a fact. And that was a great team. Last year you guys sneaked in at 10-6 (‘won’ 3-way tiebreak), Akers forgot how to kick, so you lucked into a Super Bowl win. It’s childish and tasteless for you to brag and criticize things that are pure luck.

    Pure Luck you are truly stupid !!!! Is your PFT old log on name Pervy Harvin?The fact is you lost SCOREBOARD
    For that comment:Too bad it’s the only ring the Vikes have.

  25. smoothjimmyapollo says: Sep 28, 2011 5:20 PM

    @purplehayseuss

    My comment was a shot at Vikings fans who like to point to division championships since year x or winning percentage in the regular season as proof of their team’s greatness. I then added that Doleman is probably worthy of any team’s ring of honor.

    Of course, one can question the logic of putting a name in a ring of honor for a team that is heading west, but that’s a discussion best saved for the expiration of the Metrodome lease.

  26. purplehayseuss says: Sep 28, 2011 7:00 PM

    smoothjimmyapollo:
    ***
    You spoke for Vikings fans who, you state, “like to point to division championships since year x or winning percentage of regular season as proof of their team’s greatness.” In so doing, you dropped your pants while taking ‘a shot’ at Vikings fans, indicating that they are dropping their pants while making the above statement. Adding a backhanded compliment to Chris Doleman is frosting to your turd cake.

    One can question a great many things, can’t one? By questioning “logic”, you hint that you somehow know the answer to the home field of the Minnesota Vikings in 2012. Pray, tell us, master. Which exit do I take off of I-5 for best Hot Wings near Farmers Field? Why do beers cost $9 at the Meadowlands? How do those crafty Packers Fans get their rumps into/onto those GawdAwful Bleachers at Holy Lambeau? Which Oreck vacuum is best, and why? How high will the price of gold reach this year?

    Pull up your pants.

  27. bobnelsonjr says: Sep 28, 2011 8:43 PM

    1) if they played in a football stadium it would be an oval not a ring that is formed around the baseball diamond.

    2) Is Doleman in the Pro Football Hall of Fame? No.

    3) For the guy who asked if any of them had a Super Bowl Ring, Jerry Burns did BEFORE he joined the vikings.

    4) Is the criteria for the vikings low? Probably, but consider the franchise. In the last 35 years they had one season in which they won 2 playoff games in a season. They have never won a championship. It is their place to do it.
    At least until the lease of the building ends in January.

    5) Those of you trying to steal their thunder, you ought to proud that your team’s stadium puts up only HOF’er or those with retired numbers. Don’t cut down the vikings because they have different standards.

    6) Doleman was an above average player who had an okay career. He may not be well known because of a lack of playoff appearances but he deserves to be recognized. If you paid attention to more than the playoffs you would know who he was.

  28. axespray says: Sep 28, 2011 9:25 PM

    Didn’t this dude help beat the 49ers in their Dynasty Prime?

  29. minnysoda says: Sep 28, 2011 10:36 PM

    purplehayseuss

    You talk about bad stadiums? People whose teams play in bad dome stadiums shouldn’t throw snowballs
    What was that? How many regular home games last year were played in your so called home stadium? That’s right only 6 because that POS collapsed.

  30. pack13queens0 says: Sep 28, 2011 11:47 PM

    This is history. Chris Doleman will be the final Viking to enter their ring of honor in Minnesota. Next year any players who get inducted will have to head to Los Angeles. The bad thing for the Vikings that game is the Dome will be 90% Packer fans.

  31. truthserum4u says: Sep 29, 2011 7:27 AM

    bordner says:
    Sep 28, 2011 10:53 AM

    Seriously? The vikings have 19 players in their ring of honor? Doesn’t that seem like a lot?

    —————————–

    Not if you truly know the team’s history.

  32. truthserum4u says: Sep 29, 2011 7:31 AM

    childressrulz says:
    Sep 28, 2011 11:22 AM

    You would think they would make this presentation with a team they could actually beat this year.

    ——————————-

    Then it might not happen at all this year.

    I’m a Vikes fan, but this year could be brutal.

  33. truthserum4u says: Sep 29, 2011 9:07 AM

    I know better than to respond to an idiot, but sometimes bobber makes it hard to ignore.

    bobnelsonjr says:
    Sep 28, 2011 8:43 PM

    1) if they played in a football stadium it would be an oval not a ring that is formed around the baseball diamond.

    [GB plays in a football stadium and they have a “Ring” of Honor, so what’s your point?]

    2) Is Doleman in the Pro Football Hall of Fame? No.

    [It may be only a matter of time.]

    4) Is the criteria for the vikings low? Probably, but consider the franchise. In the last 35 years they had one season in which they won 2 playoff games in a season. They have never won a championship. It is their place to do it.
    At least until the lease of the building ends in January.

    [ This comes from a fan of a team that was totally irrelevant for over a quarter century.]

    6) Doleman was an above average player who had an okay career. He may not be well known because of a lack of playoff appearances but he deserves to be recognized. If you paid attention to more than the playoffs you would know who he was.

    [Okay career? 150 sacks (4th all-time) 44 forced fumbles, 24 recoveries (9th all-time among defensive players) 914 tackles, 61 assists (NFL didn’t keep the stat his first nine years in the league) 8 INTs, 3 TDs & 2 sfty. His stats are almost identical to Ricky Jackson & Richard Dent – two players inducted into the HOF the last two years. Bobber, if he had been a Packer you would be worshiping the ground he whizzed on.]

  34. brewdogg says: Sep 29, 2011 10:46 AM

    packnasty says:
    Sep 28, 2011 11:42 AM
    Packers have 21 players in their “ring of honor”, and every one of them is a Hall of Famer. It doesn’t make much sense to me to enshrine a players name on the stadium unless they’re a hall of famer. It undermines the others in the organization that are that much better.
    ——————————————
    I wasn’t aware that the Packers had a ring of honor. The retired numbers are up on the stadium, I know, but I thought the rest were in the Packer hall of fame, right next to the lawyer, the band director, the “supporter”, the 13 executives, and such marvels of football excellence such as Mark Chmura, Marv Fleming, Greg Koch, (seriously, all three in the same year just draws attention to the standards here) Johnny Holland, Gerry Ellis, John Brockington, and Ezra Johnson.

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