Hall of Fame defensive end Chris Doleman kicked the bucket Tuesday night. He died after a long battle with cancer. At the time of his death, he was only 58.
He played fifteen seasons in the NFL in Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota Vikings is an American football team where Chris Doleman played from 1985 to 93 and 1999.
The team said that Chris had been an excellent example for players, as he had embodied all the best characteristics of Viking — toughness, resilience, and a competitive spirit.
The team also said that Chris Doleman always had carried himself with class and dignity. Vikings fans worldwide would miss him.
According to Mayo Clinic, He was suffering Glioblastoma. It is the type of cancer that occurs in the spinal cord or brain. He had been fighting with Glioblastoma since he underwent surgery to eradicate a brain tumor in January 2018.
It is the same disease that killed Arizona Sen, Beau, Sen Edward Kennedy, Joe Biden’s son, and John McCain. Chris Doleman told NBC he cried like a baby when he was diagnosed.
Doleman said that when a doctor told him that he had brain cancer, it changed his whole world. When he had heard it, he had been so crushed by it that he could not get any words out of his mouth. How many people survived brain cancer. Those were the scariest words that he would ever hear in his life.
A long NFL career
In his career, he played fifteen seasons in NFL. He played ten out of fifteen NFL seasons with the Vikings. Remaining five seasons, he played with San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons.
Pro Football Hall of Fame CEO and president David Baker said that he had the honor of getting to know him not as a famous player but an outstanding human being. The legacy of Chris Doleman would live forever in Canton, Ohio, for generations to learn from how he had lived a life of courage and character. David Baker offered his condolences in statements late Tuesday night.
He was a two-time first-team All-Pro and eight-time Pro Bowler.