Chris Doleman was a dominating defensive end for the Panthers from 1981-84 before developing into one of pro football's all-time leading pass rushers during his 15 seasons in the NFL.
While at Pitt, Doleman displayed the athletic and ferocious style that would characterize his pro career. He was part of some of the greatest defenses in school history. He recorded 12 sacks to earn Freshman All-America honors. A three-year starter for the Panthers, he amassed 238 career tackles, 25 sacks, two fumble recoveries, and picked off a pair of passes during his collegiate career.
He was selected by the Minnesota Vikings as the fourth-overall pick of the 1985 NFL Draft.
Chris Doleman – DE, Minnesota Vikings (1985-1993, 1999), Atlanta Falcons (1994-95), San Francisco (1996-98)
Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2012
The fourth player taken in 1985 draft by Minnesota Vikings, Doleman was drafted as a linebacker before moving to defensive end three years later.
Became one of pro football's all-time leading pass rushers in 15 NFL seasons with three teams—Minnesota, Atlanta and San Francisco.
His finest season came in 1989 when he led the NFL with 21 sacks, one shy of the NFL record at that time.
Missed only two games during his long career.
Named to eight Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams…was NFC Defensive Player of the Year in 1992.
Recorded 10 or more sacks in eight seasons.
Retired following the 1999 season as the fourth-ranked sack leader of all time with 150.5 sacks.