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2012 NFL Hall Of Fame: Chris Doleman Takes His Place In Canton

The 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame class was enshrined in Canton on Saturday night. Former 49ers player Chris Doleman was among the inductees.

Aug 4, 2012; Canton, OH, USA; Chris Doleman poses with his bust at the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE
Aug 4, 2012; Canton, OH, USA; Chris Doleman poses with his bust at the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

On Saturday night, former San Francisco 49ers defensive end Chris Doleman was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton as a member of the Class of 2012. He joined center Dermonti Dawson, defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, cornerback Jack Butler, running back Curtis Martin and offensive tackle Willie Roaf as the inductees who had their busts revealed on Saturday.

Although Doleman only spent three seasons with the 49ers and achieved the bulk of his Hall of Fame success while with the Minnesota Vikings, Niners fans remember him fondly.

Doleman had one of the shortest speeches of the evening, but it was heartfelt and gracious. The most gregarious speech of the night likely belonged to Kennedy, who spoke for over 15 minutes and told a wide range of anecdotes while thanking everyone who had helped him along the way.

It was a memorable night for the inductees and those in attendance. The festivities continue on Sunday with the Hall of Fame game between the Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints which will officially kick off the 2012 NFL preseason schedule.

You can watch all of the speeches from Saturday night's 2012 Hall of Fame induction ceremony by visiting NFL.com.

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