Hall of Famer Chris Doleman has surgery for brain tumor

MINNEAPOLIS -- Hall of Famer Chris Doleman had surgery Thursday to remove a brain tumor.

The beloved former Minnesota Vikings defensive end, who played for Minnesota from 1985 to 1993 and ended his career as a Viking in 1999, received a flood of support on social media as he underwent the procedure in Atlanta.

Someone monitoring Doleman's Twitter account tweeted a message of gratitude Tuesday as the defensive end geared up for surgery.

Doleman, a first round pick by the Vikings in the 1985 NFL draft, played for nine seasons in Minnesota before spending the 1994 and 1995 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and 1996-98 with the San Francisco 49ers. The defensive end wrapped up his career in Minneapolis as an eight-time Pro Bowler.

Doleman totaled 150.5 sacks, 22 coming during the 1989 season when he led the NFL in sacks, eight interceptions and three touchdowns. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.