Chris Doleman is progressing well after having brain cancer surgery nearly two months ago.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinee and member of the Vikings Ring of Honor underwent surgery on Jan. 25 to remove a tumor that was discovered only a few days before the surgery.
Doleman recently chatted with Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press about his recovery and the support he has received in recent weeks.
Doleman was diagnosed with glioblastoma, the same cancer Arizona Sen. John McCain has. He had surgery on Jan. 25 to remove a tumor. During the procedure, two additional tumors were found, and they are now being treated by radiation. He also is undergoing chemotherapy.* *
Doleman spent five weeks in the hospital, and lost 40 pounds, dropping to 232. He was released Feb. 26, and has now gained back 20 pounds. He had numbness on the left side of his body following the surgery and couldn't walk but is now back on his feet.
"I feel great, man," Doleman said. "God has blessed me for the last month just waking up every day, one day at a time. That's how I look at it.
"We're working on (the cancer) on a daily basis. It can heal, and it can come back. I ask Vikings fans to pray for me on a daily basis. Just one day at a time."
He ranks fifth all-time with 150.5 career sacks, 96.5 of which came during the 10 seasons he played in Minnesota.
Doleman, who was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012, said he is grateful for that so many people with Vikings ties have reached out with well wishes.
Doleman said he has received support from Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilk and CEO Kevin Warren. He said former Vikings players Greg Coleman, Steve Jordan, Henry Thomas and Ken Clarke visited him in the hospital.
"If you got this kind of cancer 10 years ago, there was no recourse for you," Doleman said. "It was a closed story. ... The [doctors] thought [the surgery] was successful. But it's been a grind. I have spent a lot of time sleeping. That's the only time that your brain can really heal."
Coller: Big-name free agent signings will impact NFC landscape
The Vikings have made multiple key additions in free agency with the signing of quarterback Kirk Cousins and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.
Matthew Coller of 1500ESPN.com recently wrote that those two signings could play a big role in the outlook of the NFC.
The Vikings' No. 1 offseason goal was to resolve a quarterback situation that has been unstable since Mike Zimmer debuted with Matt Cassel as his opening day starter in 2014. By inking Kirk Cousins to a three-year deal, the Vikings aim to guarantee themselves another shot at a Super Bowl. Last year they went 13-3 with Case Keenum, but the Vikings did not trust the odds of him recreating his magical season. On the defensive side, Richardson is one of the most dominant players at his position, which makes Minnesota's front four even more dangerous than 2017 when they led the No. 1 defense in the NFL.
The two moves don't quite guarantee the Vikings a spot in the Super Bowl, but they remove a lot of uncertainty and potential nightmare scenarios from the conversation.
Coller noted that plenty of other NFC teams have also made strong additions, including two of Minnesota's division foes.
The Bears added two offensive weapons in wide receiver Allen Robinson and tight end Trey Burton. Coller said the "Bears could make some noise in the NFC North" if those signings pan out.
The Packers signed tight end Jimmy Graham and defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson. Coller said that Graham would pair well with quarterback Aaron Rodgers because he "has been one of the best pass-catching tight ends of the last decade."