Dan Doornink

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Dan Doornink
No. 35, 33
Position: Running back
Personal information
Born: (1956-02-01) February 1, 1956 (age 61)
Yakima, Washington
Career information
High school: Wapato (WA)
College: Washington State
NFL Draft: 1978 / Round: 7 / Pick: 174
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

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 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 became a Seahawk the following season.

Seahawks fans, WSU Cougs actually, gave him the nicknames of "Dr. Dan" for his medical career, and "Mr. Third Down" for his uncanny 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.

A physician, Doornink earned his M.D. at the University of Washington School of Medicine 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.

Recently, Doornink garnered controversy in an opinion letter about a gay couple celebrating Valentine's Day published in the Yakima Herald on February 21, 2017. Some argue his words undermine his ability to treat LGBTQ people in his medical practice fairly.


  1. ^ Wickwire, Bob (12 January 2015). "Chat Rewind: Former Seahawks running back Dan Doornink". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 

2. "Not Appropriate" by Dan Doornink. Yakima Herald. <http://www.yakimaherald.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/not-appropriate/article_df73d1fa-f895-11e6-abdd-abc75e8ca30f.html>

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