NFL Hall of Famer Dies of Brain Cancer

Chris Doleman, a member of the NFL Hall of Fame and fifth on the list of all-time sack leaders, gets ready to deliver a blow to Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon.

PLUS: Roger Goodell on Antonio Brown’s health

| Jan 29, 2020

CBS Sports – An NFL Hall of Fame defensive end and eight-time Pro Bowl selection has died at age 58 after battle with brain cancer.

Chris Doleman, who starred for the Vikings, Falcons and 49ers, was a dominant defensive force for over a decade.

Doleman was selected in the first round of the 1985 NFL Draft, and played nine seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, two with the Atlanta Falcons, three more with the San Francisco 49ers, and then wrapped up his career with the team that drafted him in 1999.

In 15 seasons, Doleman recorded 975 combined tackles and 150.5 sacks, which ranks fifth all-time. He also led the league with 21 sacks in 1989, which at the time was tied for second-most in a season.

“The entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Chris Doleman after a prolonged and courageous battle against cancer,” said David Baker, the Hall of Fame’s president and CEO via ESPN … Read more. 

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Roger Goodell worried about Antonio Brown’s health, not his possible return to NFL

Jan 29, 2020

ESPN, MIAMI — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has watched the recent transgressions of free-agent receiver Antonio Brown and his primary attention right now is on Brown’s health — not his potential return to the league.

Goodell said during his state-of-the-league news conference Wednesday:

“The first thing always is to think about the well-being of Antonio, to understand what Antonio is going through. We don’t talk about the wellness of our players publicly, but I can tell you that you can be sure that the NFL and NFLPA have tremendous amounts of resources available to all players. They are going to be made available to Antonio.”

Brown was arrested last week in Hollywood, Florida, and charged with felony burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief. Officials responded on Jan. 21 to a disturbance call in which a moving-truck driver said Brown and his trainer, Glenn Holt, assaulted him outside Brown’s home.

Holt was arrested and charged with one count of burglary with battery, but officials couldn’t make contact with Brown at the time. Two days later, Brown turned himself in to police.

“We want to help get him on the right track, get him in a position where he can be successful in life. We are confident that can happen,” Goodell said. “We want to work hard to do that. From our standpoint, that is the first step. The first step is making sure that we’re doing everything to help Antonio.”

Circuit Judge Michael Usan freed Brown from house arrest Tuesday, allowing him to travel freely within the United States so he can fulfill contractual obligations, which include Super Bowl week-related appearances.

Instead of wearing an ankle GPS monitor, Brown, 31, will have to check in with court personnel daily … Read more. 

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