NFL Hall of Famer Doug Atkins Dead At 85

Doug Atkins

Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman Doug Atkins died this week. He was 85.

Reports said he died of natural causes at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee on Wednesday.

Atkins played in the NFL for 17 years, including stints with the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints. He was a four-time all-NFL selection and made the Pro Bowl eight times.

"He was just a vicious pass rusher," Hall of Famer Mike Ditka, a former Bears teammate, said, according to ESPN. "He'd take the tackle all the way back to the quarterback and knock them both down, things like that. He had a great wingspan. He just played the game hard. He played the game the way you were supposed to play it."

Atkins was also a part of NFL championship teams with Cleveland in 1954 and with Chicago in 1963.