Measure of greatness

07/31/2012

Class of 2012 enshrinee Chris Doleman was drafted out of the University of Pittsburgh as a linebacker by the Minnesota Vikings in 1985. Toward the end of his second pro season, the Vikings moved him into a pass rushing role at defensive end. He became firmly entrenched in that responsibility in 1987 and responded with 11 sacks in the 12 games he played during that strike year. It marked the first of eight times in his career that he registered double-digit sack totals.

Although he was a multi-dimensional force on defense, Doleman’s claim to fame was his ability to get to the quarterback. It’s a legacy he understands.

“I like to think of myself as an all-around player not just someone who was great at rushing the passer,” he shared with Profootballhof.com in an interview in March. “But, they measure defensive linemen by how many sacks that they get just like how they measure a baseball player by how many home runs he gets or RBIs.” [VIDEO: See full interview with Doleman]

Doleman’s stats measure up quite favorably among the game’s greatest when it comes to sacking the quarterback. By the time he stepped off the field for the final time, Doleman racked up 150.5 career sacks which ranked him fourth best at the time.

His first taste at getting to the QB in the NFL came, like so many that followed, at a crucial time of a game. He combined with Vikings’ DE Neil Elshire on a sack of the Green Bay Packers’ Lynn Dickey late in the first half of a game on Nov. 10, 1985. The sack of seven yards thwarted Green Bay’s attempt at converting on a 3rd-and-4 situation.

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His first lone sack came a year later in a 45-13 thumping of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He broke through the line and got to the Bucs’ Steve DeBerg for a 10-yard loss. More importantly, Doleman stripped the ball from the veteran quarterback and Minnesota recovered it. As it turned out, the Bucs were Doleman’s biggest victim over the years as he recorded 17 of his career sacks against Tampa Bay.

Doleman had the majority of his sacks, 96.5, as a member of the Vikings. He also picked up 16 sacks during his two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and 38 as a member of the San Francisco 49ers from 1996-98. He had 40 multi-sack games during his career and his team won 33 of those contests. His final sack of his career came in his last game when nailed the Detroit Lions Gus Frerotte for a six-yard loss early in the fourth quarter of the 1999 season finale.

Here is a listing of every sack of Doleman’s career.

10/13/1991 MIN Phoenix W, 34-7 2.0
10/27/1991 MIN at Phoenix W, 28-0 2.0
11/26/1995 ATL at Arizona L, 37-40 (OT) 1.0
        5.0
11/22/1987 MIN Atlanta W, 23-17 1.5
12/10/1989 MIN Atlanta W, 43-17 3.0
12/2/1996 SF at Atlanta W, 34-10 1.0
9/27/1998 SF Atlanta W, 31-20 2.5
11/15/1998 SF at Atlanta L, 19-31 0.5
        8.5
11/17/1996 SF Baltimore W, 38-20 3.0
        3.0
10/4/1998 SF at Buffalo L, 21-26 0.5
        0.5
9/3/1995 ATL Carolina W, 23-20 (OT) 3.5
9/22/1996 SF at Carolina L, 7-23 1.0
9/29/1997 SF at Carolina W, 34-21 1.0
11/16/1997 SF Carolina W, 27-19 1.0
11/8/1998 SF Carolina W, 25-23 3.5
12/6/1998 SF at Carolina W, 31-28 (OT) 1.0
        11.0
12/6/1987 MIN Chicago L, 30-24 1.0
9/18/1988 MIN at Chicago W, 31-7 1.0
11/25/1990 MIN Chicago W, 41-13 2.0
10/4/1992 MIN Chicago W, 21-20 1.0
11/2/1992 MIN at Chicago W, 38-10 1.0
9/12/1993 MIN Chicago W, 10-7 1.0
10/25/1993 MIN at Chicago W, 19-12 2.0
        9.0
12/25/1989 MIN Cincinnati W, 29-21 4.0
9/27/1992 MIN at Cincinnati W, 42-7 2.0
        6.0
11/26/1987 MIN at Dallas W, 44-38 (OT) 3.0
11/13/1988 MIN at Dallas W, 43-3 0.5
10/29/1995 ATL Dallas L, 13-28 0.5
11/10/1996 SF Dallas L, 17-20 (OT) 1.0
11/2/1997 SF Dallas W, 17-10 1.0
        6.0
10/26/1987 MIN Denver W, 34-27 0.5
11/4/1990 MIN Denver W, 27-22 2.0
11/14/1993 MIN at Denver W, 26-23 1.0
11/20/1994 ATL at Denver L, 28-32 2.0
10/31/1999 MIN at Denver W, 23-20 2.0
        7.5
11/6/1988 MIN Detroit W, 44-17 1.0
10/7/1990 MIN Detroit L, 34-27 1.0
11/11/1990 MIN at Detroit W, 17-7 1.0
10/6/1991 MIN at Detroit L, 24-20 1.0
9/13/1992 MIN at Detroit L, 31-17 1.0
10/31/1993 MIN Detroit L, 30-27 1.0
12/5/1993 MIN at Detroit W, 13-0 2.0
12/23/1996 SF Detroit W, 24-14 1.5
12/14/1998 SF Detroit W, 35-13 0.5
1/2/2000 MIN Detroit W, 24-17 1.0
        11.0
11/10/1985 MIN Green Bay L, 27-17 0.5
12/7/1986 MIN at Green Bay W, 32-6 1.0
10/15/1989 MIN Green Bay W, 26-24 2.0
11/26/1989 MIN at Green Bay L, 20-19 2.0
10/28/1990 MIN at Green Bay L, 24-10 1.0
12/2/1990 MIN Green Bay W, 23-7 1.0
12/21/1991 MIN Green Bay L, 27-7 1.0
9/6/1992 MIN at Green Bay W, 23-20 2.0
11/1/1998 SF at Green Bay L, 22-36 0.5
12/20/1999 MIN Green Bay W, 24-20 1.0
        12.0
11/20/1988 MIN Indianapolis W, 12-3 2.0
        2.0
12/26/1993 MIN Kansas City W, 30-10 1.0
12/12/1999 MIN at Kansas City L, 31-28 1.0
        2.0
11/8/1987 MIN Los Angeles W, 31-20 2.0
9/5/1993 MIN at Los Angeles L, 24-7 0.5
10/23/1994 ATL at Los Angeles L, 17-30 1.0
        3.5
11/5/1989 MIN Los Angeles W, 23-21 1.0
11/19/1995 ATL St. Louis W, 31-6 1.0
9/8/1996 SF St. Louis W, 34-0 1.0
9/7/1997 SF at St. Louis W, 15-12 1.0
10/12/1997 SF St. Louis W, 30-10 2.0
        6.0
12/7/1997 SF Minnesota W, 28-17 2.5
        2.5
10/20/1991 MIN at New England L, 26-23 1.0
10/1/1995 ATL New England W, 30-17 1.0
12/20/1998 SF at New England L, 21-24 1.0
        3.0
12/21/1986 MIN New Orleans W, 33-17 1.0
11/28/1993 MIN New Orleans L, 17-14 1.0
9/17/1995 ATL at New Orleans W, 27-24 (OT) 2.0
11/3/1996 SF at New Orleans W, 24-17 0.5
10/11/1998 SF at New Orleans W, 31-0 4.0
11/22/1998 SF New Orleans W, 31-20 1.0
        9.5
12/9/1990 MIN at New York L, 23-15 1.0
        1.0
9/25/1988 MIN Philadelphia W, 23-21 1.5
11/19/1989 MIN at Philadelphia L, 10-9 1.0
10/15/1990 MIN at Philadelphia L, 32-24 1.0
12/6/1992 MIN at Philadelphia L, 28-17 1.5
11/27/1994 ATL Philadelphia L, 20-17 1.0
11/10/1997 SF at Philadelphia W, 24-12 1.5
        7.5
9/24/1989 MIN at Pittsburgh L, 27-14 2.0
12/20/1992 MIN at Pittsburgh W, 6-3 1.0
        3.0
11/7/1993 MIN San Diego L, 30-17 1.0
11/6/1994 ATL San Diego W, 10-9 1.0
11/28/1999 MIN San Diego W, 35-27 1.0
        3.0
10/30/1988 MIN at San Francisco L, 24-21 1.0
12/30/1990 MIN San Francisco L, 20-17 1.0
        2.0
11/1/1987 MIN at Seattle L, 28-17 1.0
12/21/1997 SF at Seattle L, 9-38 1.0
        2.0
11/30/1986 MIN Tampa Bay W, 45-13 1.0
11/15/1987 MIN Tampa Bay W, 23-17 2.0
10/23/1988 MIN at Tampa Bay W, 49-20 1.0
10/1/1989 MIN Tampa Bay W, 17-3 1.0
11/12/1989 MIN at Tampa Bay W, 24-10 3.0
9/20/1992 MIN Tampa Bay W, 26-20 2.0
11/21/1993 MIN at Tampa Bay L, 23-10 2.0
10/9/1994 ATL Tampa Bay W, 34-13 2.0
8/31/1997 SF at Tampa Bay L, 6-13 1.0
12/6/1999 MIN at Tampa Bay L, 24-17 2.0
        17.0
9/10/1989 MIN Houston W, 38-7 2.0
11/15/1992 MIN Houston L, 17-13 2.5
10/27/1996 SF at Houston W, 10-9 2.0
        6.5
10/25/1992 MIN Washington L, 15-13 0.5
        0.5

 


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