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NFL holds moment of silence for former Vikings Doleman, others at Super Bowl

Chris Doleman passed away last week after a courageous battle with brain cancer. He was 58 years old.
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Former NFL player Chris Doleman speaks during his induction at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)

MINNEAPOLIS — The NFL held a moment of silence for Chris Doleman, Kobe Bryant and the victims of the helicopter crash prior at the Super Bowl. 

It will come after player warmups and before kickoff. 

The Chiefs will face the 49ers in Miami on Sunday afternoon. 

The former Vikings defensive end passed away on January 29 after battling brain cancer for two years. 

In 1985, Doleman was selected with the 4th overall pick by Minnesota. He played 15 seasons in the NFL - 10 of which were in a Vikings uniform. The defensive lineman recorded 96.5 sacks and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012. 

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The Vikings released a statement last week: The Minnesota Vikings express our deepest sympathies to Chris Doleman's family and friends upon his passing. Chris was a great example for players past and present, as he embodied all the best characteristics of a Viking — resilience, toughness and a competitive spirit. Chris always carried himself with dignity and class. Vikings fans worldwide will greatly miss him.

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