Dan Doornink

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Dan Doornink
Date of birth (1956-02-01) February 1, 1956 (age 61)
Place of birth Yakima, Washington
Career information
Position(s) Running back
College Washington State
High school Wapato High School
NFL draft 1978 / Round: 7 / Pick: 174
Career history
As player
1978 New York Giants
1979–1985 Seattle Seahawks
Career stats

Daniel Glenn Doornink (born February 1, 1956 in Yakima, Washington) 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] Seahawks fans, WSU Cougs actually, gave him the nicknames of "Dr. Dan" for his medical career, and "Mr. 3rd down" for his uncanny knack of frequently picking up a first down for the team on 3rd 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 over the Los Angeles Raiders on December 22, 1984 in the Kingdome in Seattle.

He is now an M.D. and practices Internal Medicine in Yakima, Washington. Dan and his wife, Sharon, have four children, Heidi, Danielle, Tyler, and Grace. Prior to the Seahawks August 25, 2007, preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings at Qwest Field in Seattle, he raised the 12th Man flag.

Recently, he garnered controversy with an opinion letter published in the Yakima Herald on February 21, 2017.(2)


  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>

External links[edit]

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