Hall of Famer Chris Doleman to have brain tumor removed

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Chris Doleman, who starred in the ’80s and ’90s as a pass rusher with the Vikings, will undergo surgery on Wednesday to remove a brain tumor.

Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker has alerted the Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors and Advisory Board of the news, per a source with knowledge of the communication.

Doleman, an eight-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro who notched 150.5 career sacks, entered Canton five years ago. He’s also a member of the Vikings’ Ring of Honor.

He entered the league as the fourth overall pick in the 1985 draft, after a stellar career at Pitt. He spent 1985 through 1993 with the Vikings, two years with the Falcons, three with the 49ers, and a final NFL season back in Minnesota, in 1999.

We extend our best wishes to Doleman at this difficult time.

9 responses to “Hall of Famer Chris Doleman to have brain tumor removed

  1. Best wishes to Chris Doleman and his family. May good health find you and your surgery be a success.

  2. Prayers go out to Chris as he’s going through this. He not only got a ton of sacks, but he was the master of the strip sack. Losing yardage is nice but getting the ball is much better.

  3. Chris Doleman had a great motor and was one heck of a football player who did a lot of damage to my team (and a lot of others) back in the day. It’s hard to believe he’s been out of the game this long. Guess I’m getting old.
    Brain surgery is tricky. Prayers for a successful procedure, and best wishes for a full and healthy recovery to him and his family.

  4. Guy drove me nutz as a Packers fan…twice a year no less. The guy was a one-man wrecking crew.

    Best wishes to a true competitor dealing with an ugly and unforgiving opponent.

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