Former Atlanta Falcons defensive end Chris Doleman was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday in his second year of eligibility, becoming the fourth former Falcon to earn the honor, along with Deion Sanders, Eric Dickerson and Tommy McDonald (though most Falcons fans will likely still only claim Sanders). Doleman spent two seasons with the Falcons from 1994 to '95 and was selected to the 1995 Pro Bowl.
Doleman's career began in 1985 when he was the No. 4 overall pick by the Minnesota Vikings, and he earned various honors during his 15-year career. He was named to the 1990s NFL All-Decade team, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and named to five All-Pro teams. Doleman also is fourth all-time in sacks, with 150.5 for his career.
Doleman was joined by five others in the 2012 class:
• Dermontti Dawson: Center - Pittsburgh Steelers
• Cortez Kennedy: Defensive Tackle - Seattle Seahawks
• Curtis Martin: Running Back - New England Patriots, New York Jets
• Willie Roaf: Offensive Tackle - New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs
• Jack Butler: Cornerback - Pittsburgh Steelers
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