Chris Doleman

Chris Doleman
Chris Doleman
Defensive end
Jersey #(s)
Born October 16, 1960 (1960-10-16) (age 51)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Career information
Year(s) 19851999
NFL Draft 1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
College Pittsburgh
Professional teams
Career stats
Sacks 150.5
Interceptions 8
Touchdowns 2
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Christopher John Doleman (born October 16, 1961 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a former American Football defensive end who played in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, and San Francisco 49ers from 1985 to 1999. He was an 8-time Pro Bowl selection and a 3-time First-team All-Pro during his playing days, recording 150⅓ career sacks. He attended William Penn High School in York, Pennsylvania, and graduated in 1980. He spent a post grad year at Valley Forge Military Academy in 1981.


College career

Doleman played football collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh. He was a star linebacker and defensive end for the Pitt Panthers from 1982 to 1984. He ended his career at Pitt with 25 sacks which was good for third all-time at the time of his departure. That total still ranks sixth in Pitt annals.

NFL career

Doleman was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1st round (4th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft and began his NFL career as an outside linebacker in the Vikings 3-4 defense. However, the team switched to a 4-3 defense early in his career. The move paid off for Doleman, who recorded 21 sacks in the 1989 season, the highest total recorded that season and the third highest total ever.[1][2] Doleman later played for the Atlanta Falcons and the San Francisco 49ers before returning to the Vikings for the 1999 season, his final season.

He was a First-team All-Pro in 1987, 1989 and 1992. He garnered Second-team All-Pro selections in 1990 and 1993. He is expected to eventually reach the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


As of 2010, Chris Doleman ran a technology marketing company called Gateway Fusion. [3] One of their products was an antimicrobial product for NFL and NCAA locker rooms.

Doleman was selected into the finals of voting for induction into the hall of fame for the 2011-2012 season, but was eliminated.


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