FLOWERY BRANCH — Chris Doleman was a no-nonsense guy when he terrorized quarterbacks in the NFL from 1985-1999.
He went about his business of harassing quarterback with a certain style and grace befitting of a future Hall of Famer.
“I’m pretty cool with them just saying ‘Chris, congratulations’ and you move on,” Doleman said. “I don’t need the fashion show, pomp and circumstance, these presentations and all of these formal introductions, speeches and kum ba yah moments.
“I never played the game like that. I’d rather they say, ‘We appreciate you. Thank you so much.’ But it’s an incredible honor.”
Like most of the old-school defensive players, he’s not a big fan of the NFL’s current style of play.
“I don’t want to see 50 and 60 point games,” Doleman said. “I want to see good defense verses good offense. It’s a chess match. Now, it’s all stacked (in favor of) the offense. They think fans want to see more touchdowns. If they want to see more points then watch the NBA. There are plenty of points scored there.”
Here are five things you don’t know about Chris Doleman, the no frills guy:
1. His favorite musical artist: “I’m a jazz guy. My favorite artist of all-time, someone I can listen to at any time? Number one would be Grover Washington Jr.”
2. His hero as a kid: “A lot of these guys in the Hall of Fame like Roger Staubach and Sonny Jurgensen. I grew up in Pennsylvania and you got a lot of Redskins and Dallas; a lot of Steelers football. To see Franco Harris, I used to play basketball with Franco Harris when I was a freshmen in college and here we are now brothers and partners in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I’ve known him for a long time.”
3. His most embarrassing moment as a kid: “I can’t remember that far back.”
4. How he relaxes: “I’m a gadget guy. I like riding my motorcycle. I like playing golf. Just being outside and enjoying life.”
5. What is he doing now?: “I have a website called chrisdolemanproauctions.com One of the things that we do is help non-profits and 5013c [companies] raise money through their online auctions and help them through what we call passive income. It really makes me feel good. I like the fact that I’m able to give back. [Minnesota running back] Adrian Peterson has been doing it and he’s made over $25,000 for his charity.”
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