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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - December 17, 1999, Darmstadt, HesseFriday december 17, 1999 Stan and stripes timeout Page 13 Doleman gives himself a wingless endorsement by Kevin Seifert Minneapolis St Paul Star Tribune Minneapolis with perhaps one month left in his career Chris Doleman is 21/2 sacks and one ring away from what he believes will make him one of the greatest defensive linemen to play the game. As he approaches the most exclusive of sack clubs the Vikings defensive end says a super bowl championship would be the final credential on an otherwise indisputable Hall of Fame resume Doleman played the Best game of his condensed season dec. 6, collecting two sacks forcing a Fumble and knocking Down a pass in a loss to the Tampa Bay buccaneers. Right now he said things Are just flowing for the performance boosted his season total to five sacks and his career total to 147v2 in 15 seasons. Only three players in nil history Reggie White Bruce Smith and Kevin Greene have More than 150, and Doleman is on Pace to be come the fourth. I Don t want to be defined by one specific thing Doleman said. But i Tell you that s an elite group to be in to Cross 150 sacks. That is something i am truly eager to accomplish for a of reasons. One that s a lot of sacks to get. Two you average 10 a year for your career. That in t a bad number for a Guy who started off his first two years playing linebacker with Only three sacks in that period. When you look at it in that Light it Means a yet within that Iso sack club appears to be a dividing line for Canton recognition. While White and Smith Are surefire Hall of Farmers Greene is considered by Many to be a one dimensional pass rusher who will receive sparse attention from voters. Doleman it seems is somewhere in Between. He is one of three players in nil history to be named to the pro bowl with three separate teams and he has made eight total trips there. His 21 sacks in 1989 qualifies As the second Best season in nil history and Doleman was named the pfc defensive player of the year in 1992 after collecting 14 sacks. Yet in 10 seasons with the Vikings two with the Atlanta Falcons and three with the san Francisco 49ers, Doleman has never appeared in a super bowl. He has made Clear that his career should stand alone for Hall consideration although he believes some voters might hold the Lack of championships against him. My numbers Are As Good As anybody in tire Rac the associated press file photo the Vikings signed Chris Doleman out of retirement and the 15-year Veteran has five sacks this season getting him closer to 150 in his career. The league Doleman said. There s Only four Guys that will have 150 sacks and i m one of them. Playing in the super bowl and winning the super bowl that is the deciding Factor. The things that i have accomplished Are a lot an awful lot. To be shunned from the Hall because you never won a super bowl is a shame because no matter where i be played i be always been a dominant Factor. All pros and pro bowls player of the year and All this other stuff those things i be done. The thing i Haven t done is win a championship. That is the key. I think that will Seal my Fate As far As the As Well Doleman Hopes to avoid the Fate of former Vikings safety Paul Krause the nil s All time interception Leader who was inducted 19 years after he retired. I Don t want to be. Treated like Paul Krause he said. Paul Krause was a great player in the history of the league and they wait until he was 57 years old and say let s give him a Call now you can never even enjoy the fruits. You put me in at 65 or 60 years old and i live an other year that Means i be been in the Hall for one year. That s not not everyone however believes Dole Man s candidacy hinges Only on winning a super bowl. Dave Goldberg the associated press Lead pro football writer and a Hall voter echoed a prevalent criticism of Doleman s career. To me Doleman has Good sack num Bers but i Don t know if he s been a Good All around player Goldberg said. Early in his career i thought he took plays off so that would Sway me a Little bit. To get him into the Hall of Fame you d have to make a pretty Good argument. Some times sack totals Are ironically Doleman has been playing some of the Best run defense of his career according to Vikings defensive coordinator Foge Fazio. The Vikings signed him out of retire ment on sept. 21, and after rounding into shape Doleman has taken on opponents who have attempted to run at him and away from fellow end John Randle. The bucs for example ran fullback Mike Alstott at him three times during a goal line series in the fourth Quarter. Doleman combined for the tackle on two plays that netted two Yards and he held his ground on the third As safety Robert Griffith upended Alstott. What s Nice about Dole is that we be increased his snaps to where he s almost an every Down player Fazio said. We try to get him a break every now and then but he does t want to come out. He s playing the run As Well As he s Ever played the run and probably upon his return to Minnesota Doleman insisted this would be his final season. At 38, he has a thriving set of car dealerships and no longer wants to be away from his family. Still he leaves open the possibility of playing another year perhaps As a final push toward Canton. I think i m playing Well enough to play next year Doleman said. But i Don t know if that s want i want to do. At some Point you be got to draw the line. If some unique Opportunity presents itself i think that s something you d have to con Sider too.". 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But these players were aiming at More than just the opposing line they hoped to Knock Down the barriers that have kept women out of one of the last exclusively male sports. The exhibition game on saturday was part of an Effort to launch a professional tackle football league for women. Organizers Hope to ride the wave of enthusiasm for women s sports generated by the . Soccer Victory in the women s world cup the Success of the Wanba and the triumphs of american olympic teams in women s hockey and softball. This is a dream come True for All of us said lawyer Lynn Lewis a Sharks offensive tackle. "1 grew up playing football with the Guys. Then when you got to a certain age you could t play in any thing Argy sized , to c major Orch this is the last one that brought women to its play the women s professional football league based in Edina minn., has two teams the vixens and the Lake Michigan minx. They have played one another in a handful of games in the Midwest. The Sharks a Long Island hag football team that plays each year in an International tournament trained for two months to play tackle Ball against the vixens. The Sharks won 12-6 before about 300 fans on a Windy Day at Mitchel athletic Complex. The Sharks mostly in their 20s and 30s, include teachers lawyers a stockbroker and businesswomen. Most have played competitive sports and Many have participated for years in a hard hitting women s Flag football league. But they wanted a game with full Hope to have Between six and eight teams for the 2000 season and at least 12 for 2001. It won t be easy. A six team women s football league folded after a few years of play in the i of. The new women s football league is Short of Money and without seasoned players the level of play can sometime u less than Imit

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