Doug Atkins
Player of American football
Doug Atkins
Douglas Leon Atkins is a former American football defensive end who played for the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints in the National Football League. He played college football at the University of Tennessee under legendary head coach Robert Neyland. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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Bears Hall of Famer Doug Atkins 'was the strongest man in the world'
Chicago Times - about 1 year
At annual pro football Hall of Fame ceremonies, there is a luncheon for members, new inductees, presenters and selectors. When Bears' defensive end Dan Hampton was inducted in 2002, I sat as a selector at a table with Hampton and his presenter, Ed O'Bradovich, another great Bears' defensive end. ...
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Doug Atkins, Hall of Famer and former Bears defensive end, dies at 85
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Doug Atkins, Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Bears defensive end, died Wednesday at 85. In 17 seasons, including 12 with the Bears (1955-66), Atkins made eight Pro Bowls and won NFL championships with the Browns (1954) and Bears (1963). He was a member of the NFL's All-Decade team from the...
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Doug Atkins, Hall of Famer and former Bears defensive end, dies at 85
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Doug Atkins, Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Bears defensive end, died Wednesday at 85. In 17 seasons, including 12 with the Bears (1955-66), Atkins made eight Pro Bowls and won NFL championships with the Browns (1954) and Bears (1963). He was a member of the NFL's All-Decade team from the...
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Doug Atkins, Feared Pass-Rusher, Dies at 85
NYTimes - about 1 year
Mr. Atkins, a 6-foot-8 Hall of Fame defensive end mostly associated with the Chicago Bears and the University of Tennessee, terrified quarterbacks in the days before sacks were an official statistic.
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Battle between city, Middletown landlords heating up
Middletown Journal - almost 5 years
MIDDLETOWN - Talk about a power struggle. On one side of the table sits Doug Adkins, community revitalization director for the City of Middletown, who wants landlords to register their rental properties - may be $25 per mailbox - so the city can have more control on the properties and more accountability of the owners.
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Rush chairman - Boston Globe
Google News - over 5 years
Hall of Fame defensive ends such as Andy Robustelli of the New York Giants, Gino Marchetti of the Baltimore Colts, and 6-foot-8-inch Doug Atkins of the Chicago Bears played the run first and chased the quarterback later in the 1950s
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Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - Chicago Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
Doug Atkins (81) 6. Dan Fortmann (21) 7. George Musso (16). Singletary has a great chance since no Bears player has worn his number to my recollection since he retired. Do you know who makes the ultimate decision on retiring numbers?
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Devin Hester and the 9 Most Exciting Players in Chicago Bears History - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Doug Atkins was a physical marvel of his time. Put together very similarly to Julius Peppers, Atkins was a masterful pass-rusher who lived in opponents backfields' and scared the living daylights out of offensive linemen and quarterbacks everywhere
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Trying to beat the football odds - Daily Comet
Google News - over 5 years
We could have had Bubba and Doug Atkins at the defensive end spots and Dave Rowe and Mike Tilleman as our defensive tackles. That would have been sweet for me being the defensive line coach.” Faulkner, who died in 2008, said that Smith was one of the
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New concussion law keeping coaches more alert - Bloomington Pantagraph
Google News - over 5 years
Football players at Central Catholic, Normal Community and Normal Community West also undergo ImPACT testing, and athletic director Doug Atkins said Central will test soccer and basketball players this year as well. University High will begin testing
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Browns agree to terms with first-round DT Taylor - CBSSports.com
Google News - over 5 years
Taylor was just the third defensive tackle selected by Cleveland in the first round, joining Gerard Warren (2001) and Doug Atkins (1953). Taylor may help plug up some inside holes for the Browns, whose rushing defense was ranked No
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Mike Strange: Tyler Bray hungry to improve - GoVolsXtra
Google News - over 5 years
If he's on the Atkins Diet, it's the Doug Atkins Diet. "Before, it was eat like three or four times a day,'' he said. "Now, it's six to seven times a day. Even more.'' UT refused to confirm or deny a rumor that it sent Bray under an assumed name to the
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Doug Atkins
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2005
    Age 74
    Atkins is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He has also been inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. His collegiate jersey number, 91, was retired by the University of Tennessee in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Even though he only played three seasons for New Orleans, the club retired his #81, one of two numbers originally retired by the franchise. The other, #31, belongs to Hall of Fame fullback Jim Taylor, a long-time rival of Atkins during Taylor's days with the Green Bay Packers. The NFL Network ranked him as the #9 Pass Rusher of All Time in its Top Ten show.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1967
    Age 36
    Before the 1967 season, Atkins requested a trade from Chicago and was traded to the New Orleans Saints, with whom he would end his career in 1969.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1958
    Age 27
    With the Bears, Atkins was a First Team All-Pro selection in 1958, 1960, 1961, and 1963; along with being a starter in the Pro Bowl in eight of his last nine years with Chicago.
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  • 1955
    Age 24
    Atkins' first two seasons were played with the Browns before he was traded to the Bears in 1955.
    More Details Hide Details In Chicago, Atkins quickly became the leader of a devastating defensive unit.
  • 1952
    Age 21
    Atkins originally went to Tennessee on a basketball scholarship, but once football coach General Robert R. Neyland saw his combination of size and agility, he was recruited for the grid team. After he earned All-America honors in 1952, the Cleveland Browns selected him with their first choice in the 1953 NFL Draft. Atkins also played on the 1951 Tennessee Volunteers football team that won the national championship. Atkins is one of the few players in Tennessee history to have his number retired. He was considered one of, if not the, most dominant defensive players in SEC history. Atkins was the only unanimous selection to the SEC All Quarter-Century team and was selected as the overall SEC "Player of the Quarter-Century" for the years 1950-1975.
    More Details Hide Details Atkins began his playing career with the Cleveland Browns, but his peak years of his 17-year career came with the Chicago Bears.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1930
    Born
    Born on May 8, 1930.
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