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Sack specialist Chris Doleman gets his bust in Canton

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Chris Doleman was such a speedy pass rusher during his career as an NFL defensive end that he said he viewed himself as a wide receiver running a route. It’s just that his route was a path straight to the quarterback.

Doleman recorded 150.5 sacks in a 15-year NFL career with the Vikings, 49ers and Falcons, and as one of the most impressive pass rushers in the NFL in the 1980s and 1990s, he earned his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night. His son presented him at the ceremony in Canton, Ohio, and his fellow inductees were among those applauding as Doleman’s bust was unveiled.

“I want to give thanks to my son Evan, who’s done a wonderful job with my introduction,” Doleman said in his enshrinement speech. “I’m honored to be here. I’m honored to stand before you as an inductee, with the players on my right and left.”

A star linebacker at the University of Pittsburgh, Doleman spoke of his pride in his alma mater, and paid tribute to great teammates and great opponents. But it was Doleman’s greatness that was recognized on Saturday night, when he got his bust in Canton.

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8 Responses to “Sack specialist Chris Doleman gets his bust in Canton”
  1. josiewales69 says: Aug 4, 2012 8:56 PM

    congrats!!! mr. doleman you deserve it thank you for the memories

  2. devo2the9s says: Aug 4, 2012 9:01 PM

    Well deserved. Doleman, K. Millard and H. Thomas were a handful back in the day.

  3. universalchurchoftruth says: Aug 4, 2012 9:19 PM

    Doleman was the best thing to come from Les Steckle’s horrible season.

  4. bobnelsonjr says: Aug 4, 2012 9:52 PM

    One of the least known guys who got into Canton. A quiet guy who never got close to a ring, he did generate sacks which is the only stat that people consider for the defensive front seven.

    Perhaps if he played elsewhere he would have been in more televised games and been better known. Now with the jacket perhaps more people will listen to him.

  5. davebrownspiral says: Aug 4, 2012 10:17 PM

    One doesn’t have to agree or disagree that Doleman was Hall of Fame worthy. However, the fact that Doleman has a bust in Canton while Chris Carter does not just shows what a joke the NFL Hall of Fame is

  6. raysfan1 says: Aug 5, 2012 12:23 AM

    @davebrownspiral–
    Doleman made the Pro Bowl 8 times in 15 years. Carter made the Pro Bowl 8 times in 16 years. Doleman’s career was just as significant on the defensive side of the ball as Carter’s was on offense. Doleman retired in 1999. Carter retired in 2003. If Carter is still not in the Hall in 4 years, then you will have a point. But not until then.

  7. spacealbatross says: Aug 5, 2012 12:38 AM

    Chris Carter is over-rated. He was never one of the top 3 receivers in the league in any season. Doleman was a top 3 pass rusher for a lengthy period. Andre Reed was the top receiver in the AFC for an extended period, and should get in before Carter. Who whines every year that he doesn’t get in. Not to mention He was able to pad his stats in the beginning of the passing era, with the 2nd best WR in history drawing the safeties.

  8. brewdogg says: Aug 5, 2012 2:42 AM

    spacealbatross says: Aug 5, 2012 12:38 AM

    Chris Carter is over-rated. He was never one of the top 3 receivers in the league in any season. Doleman was a top 3 pass rusher for a lengthy period. Andre Reed was the top receiver in the AFC for an extended period, and should get in before Carter. Who whines every year that he doesn’t get in. Not to mention He was able to pad his stats in the beginning of the passing era, with the 2nd best WR in history drawing the safeties.
    ———————–
    Whoa….. Dude, hate him as a person as much as you want, but don’t belittle his accomplishments on the field. Let’s insert a little fact into this rhetoric…

    1. He broke the single-season receptions record in ’94 and matched it in ’95, but he was never one of the top 3 in any season? Who was?

    2. Andre Reed? His career high was 90 catches in a season. Carter bested that 4 times. His career high in TDs was 10. Carter bested that 5 times. Carter went to more Pro Bowls. Carter has more career receptions, yards, and TDs than Reed. Reed was a great receiver, don’t get me wrong, but better than Carter? No.

    3. 2/3 of Carter’s production came before Moss was drafted. In non-Moss seasons he averaged 75/935/8.7. That is comparable or better than what any receiver not named Rice has done.

    Sorry, the facts don’t support your opinion.

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