Terrell Suggs: Chris Doleman was the main reason I play defensive end

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Pro Football Hall of Famer Chris Doleman died this week after a long fight against brain cancer and one of the players playing in Super Bowl LIV took a moment on Wednesday to share what Doleman meant to him.

Chiefs defensive end Terrell Suggs recalled watching Doleman make life difficult for opposing offenses while he was with the Vikings and said that experience had a major impact on his future.

“Chris Doleman is one of the reasons I started playing football, and the main reason I played defensive end,” Suggs said, via Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “Playing pee-wee football, I wore 56 because of Chris. He was a big part of that whole Tony Dungy defense. Wow. What a sad day.”

Doleman finished his career with 150.5 sacks, which leaves him in fifth place in NFL history. Suggs is three spots and 11 sacks behind the man who helped propel him to a life of rushing the passer.

5 responses to “Terrell Suggs: Chris Doleman was the main reason I play defensive end

  1. Doleman was a terror on that John Teerlink coached defensive line, along with Keith Millard, John Randle, and Henry Thomas. As a Bears fan that d-line scared the crap out of me.

  2. I forgot about Keith Millard….I remember that line in Tecmo Super Bowl…they were great, one of my strongest memories of that game is after getting a sack the little animation they’d do, and in my memory it’s of Doleman.

  3. aquineas1 says:
    January 30, 2020 at 8:22 am

    Doleman was a terror on that John Teerlink coached defensive line, along with Keith Millard, John Randle, and Henry Thomas. As a Bears fan that d-line scared the crap out of me.
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    As a Bears fan, I wouldn’t expect you to remember, but Millard and Randle never really played together. Randle was a rookie in 1990 with no starts, and that was Millard’s last year with the Vikings and he only played four games. The fourth member of that defensive line was Al Noga.

    In 1989, Doleman had 21 sacks, Millard had 18 sacks, Noga had 11.5 sacks, and Thomas had 9 sacks. The team had 71 sacks, which is one behind the record set by the 1984 Bears.

  4. After short stints with the Falcons and the 9ers Doleman retired after 98. After the second game of the 99 season Denny Green talked Doleman into coming back to fill a big hole the Vikings had at DE. Doleman started 12 games and had 8 sacks, 42 tackles and 11 tackles for loss. Johnny Randle lead the team with 10 sacks in 16 starts. Doleman probably would have lead the team in sacks if he had 4 more starts. HOFer all the way to his last snap. Total machine.

  5. I forgot Suggs grew up in St Paul and played ball with Joe Mauer of all people — I can see why he idolized Doleman. Those were some incredible D-lines.

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