Sunday, February 5, 2012
February 5 2012 - St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Former Vikings defensive end and linebacker Chris Doleman was one of six players elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Also elected were Curtis Martin, Cortez Kennedy, Dermontti Dawson, Willie Roaf and senior selection Jack Butler.
Doleman will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 4. He joins 10 other former Vikings who have been inducted. This is the fifth time in the past seven years that the Vikings have had a former player elected to the hall. The others: John Randle (2010), Randall McDaniel (2009), Gary Zimmerman (2008) and Warren Moon (2006).
Former Vikings receiver Cris Carter was among the finalists who didn't make it. Carter is the No. 4 career receiver in NFL history with 1,101 catches in 16 seasons with three teams.
Doleman said his son Evan would present him for induction.
"I am totally blown away by this and humbled by it," he said. "When they call your name, you're absolutely numb."
"Having watched Chris enter the Vikings Ring of Honor this past season, we're very excited that he has now been chosen as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2012," Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said in a news release issued by the team. "Chris was a very important part of the organization's success for 10 years, and his accomplishments on the field speak for themselves." "