William Penn graduate, Chris Doleman, will be the keynote speaker at the second GameTimePA banquet on June 4. Sean Heisey, GameTimePA
Pro Football Hall of Famer Chris Doleman, a William Penn High School graduate, will keynote the second GameTimePA.com Athletes of the Year Awards set for 4 p.m. June 4, 2017.
The evening unveils the best athletes in all 22 YAIAA varsity sports, as well as additional awards.
The event, to be held at the Wyndham Garden York in West Manchester Township, will start with a dinner and video review of all the year’s nominated athletes, followed by an inspiring keynote by Doleman. It will also include an awards ceremony for the top male and female athletes of the 2016-17 school year.
"On a night when we celebrate the accomplishments of our talented student-athletes, it's fitting to welcome back Chris Doleman," said Jared Bean, president of GameTimePA, the York Daily Record and The Evening Sun of Hanover. "Doleman's path to the Pro Football Hall of Fame started on the same fields where today's YAIAA athletes compete. And just like him, they're laying the groundwork for their future careers with dedication, heart and hard work."
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Doleman was a three-sport athlete at William Penn High School in the late 1970s, playing basketball and volleyball in addition to football. He never specialized in one football position in high school but earned all-state honors at defensive end and tight end, and he was an all-league punter.
He graduated from William Penn in 1980 and spent a year at Valley Forge Military Academy before enrolling at the University of Pittsburgh. He was the No. 4 overall pick in the 1985 NFL draft.
In the NFL, Doleman became a premier pass-rusher, earning spots on eight Pro Bowl squads twice earning first-team All-Pro honors. He led the NFL in sacks in 1989, recording 21, one of his eight seasons of double-digit sacks. He recorded 150 1/2 sacks during his 15-year NFL career — the fourth-highest career total in league history — while playing for the Vikings (1985-1993, 1999) Falcons (1994-95) and 49ers (1996-98).
Doleman was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012, his second year as a finalist.
Tickets for the public cost $50 per person and will be available beginning May 8. Tickets can be purchased at https://tickets.ydr.com/e/2017-gametimepa-athletes-of-the-year-awards/ or at the York Newspaper Company, 1891 Loucks Road, York, PA 17408.