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Chris Doleman Who Was a Pro Football Hall of Famer Passes Away at 58 after Battle with Cancer

Lois Oladejo
Jan 29, 2020
05:01 P.M.

The sporting world mourns again as former pro football athlete, Chris Doleman, dies at the age of 58 after battling cancer.


As the world still tries to understand the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, the sporting world has lost another legend. NFL star, Chris Doleman passed away last night at the age of 58 after a long battle with cancer.

 Chris Doleman #56 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on during an NFL football game circa 1992. Doleman played for the Vikings from 1985-93 and in 1999 | Photo: Getty Images

Chris Doleman #56 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on during an NFL football game circa 1992. Doleman played for the Vikings from 1985-93 and in 1999 | Photo: Getty Images

The Minnesota Vikings broke the news on Twitter alongside a memorial photo of the deceased, writing,

"Last night, we lost a legend. You will be missed, Chris."

Doleman had been battling an aggressive form of brain tumor, glioblastoma. He had surgery two years ago to have it removed and seemed fine afterward.


Although he missed Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis because of the surgery, he was able to travel afterward to Canton, Ohio, for a Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The deceased got inducted in 2012.

The new lease on life also prompted the late Hall of Famer to marry his then-girlfriend, LaTressa Doleman. He also got to live a "normal" life until cancer returned.

The Indianapolis native rose to fame after he got drafted into the NFL in '85. He was the fourth overall pick, and although he started as a line breaker, he ended his career playing defense.


Doleman was one of the most celebrated players in the NFL and was formidable as a rusher. He played a total of fifteen seasons, playing the longest for the Minnesota Vikings.

The President of the NFL Hall of Fame, David Baker, described the deceased as a courageous person who fought to the end. The late footballer was also a great human being, with a deep love for the game, and people.

Doleman's legacy lies in the lives he touched and the football moments he created. He will be known forever as someone who lived a life of courage and character.

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