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Dan Doornink
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Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1956-02-01) February 1, 1956 (age 64)
Place of birth: Yakima, Washington
Career information
College: Washington State
NFL Draft: 1978 / Round: 7 / Pick: 174
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New York Giants ( 1978)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Daniel Glenn Doornink (born February 1, 1956) is a former professional American football running back in the National Football League who played one season for the New York Giants and seven for the Seattle Seahawks.[1]

Born in Yakima, Washington, Doornink graduated from Wapato High School in 1974 and played college football at Washington State University in Pullman. He was selected in the seventh round of the 1978 NFL Draft by the Giants, then was traded to the Seahawks in August 1979 for a draft choice.[2][3]

Seahawks fans gave him the nicknames of "Dr. Dan" for his medical career, and "Mr. Third Down" for his knack of frequently picking up a first down for the team on third down when given the ball via run or pass. He ran for 123 yards on 27 carries for the Seahawks in a wild-card playoff win in 1984 over the Los Angeles Raiders on December 22 in the Kingdome in Seattle. After a series of injuries in 1985, Doornink was released by the Seahawks in August 1986.[4][5]

A physician, Doornink earned his M.D. at the University of Washington in Seattle and practices internal medicine in Yakima. He and his wife, Sharon, have four children, Heidi, Danielle, Tyler, and Grace. Prior to the Seahawks 2007 preseason game on August 25 against the Minnesota Vikings at Qwest Field in Seattle, he raised the 12th Man flag.


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