All-time Greatest Minnesota Vikings: No. – Chris Doleman
After originally beginning his NFL career as a linebacker for the Vikings in 1985, Chris Doleman made the permanent switch to defensive end in 1987. All that it resulted in was him getting inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Safe to say, the decision to switch positions for Doleman was a smart one.
In 10 years with Minnesota, Doleman accumulated a total of 96.5 sacks and 31 forced fumbles. His 21 sacks in 1989 were the most in a single season by a Vikings defender until Jared Allen finished with 22 in 2011.
With the help of their defensive lineman’s outstanding year, Minnesota’s defense finished with a team-record 71 sacks in 1989.
In his career with the Vikings, Doleman was a two-time First-Team All-Pro, and he was voted to six Pro Bowls. He is a member of Minnesota’s Ring of Honor and the defensive end was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.