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Dolezel Signs with Chicago Bears

by ThunderBears Press Release
March 22, 2000 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I)

Quarterback Clint Dolezel Signs with Chicago Bears

Houston ThunderBears Press Release

HOUSTON - Houston ThunderBears' all-time leading passer Clint Dolezel has signed a contract with the Chicago Bears of the National Football League.

"I'm excited," said Dolezel. "They have a great coaching staff and really made me feel at home. I think I have a good chance to make this team. Learning the system will be the toughest part, but after that, I'm confident in my ability."

Dolezel, who is one of the most prolific passers in Arena Football League history, ranks ninth on the AFL's all-time list for passing yards (12,165), seventh in touchdown passes (234) and second in completion percentage (65.0). He also holds four of the top five single-game passing performances in league annals. In 1999, Dolezel led the AFL in attempts (556), completions (374), completion percentage (67.3), yards (4,336) and touchdown passes (80). The ThunderBears' MVP in 1998 and 1999, Dolezel set the AFL single-season records for completions and yards in 1999. He earned AFL Player of the Week by completing 28-of-41 passes for an AFL record 479 yards and a record-tying ten TDs vs. Milwaukee (5/14/99). It marked the fifth time for Dolezel to win Player of the Week, being honored three times in 1997 and once in 1998.

He led the ThunderBears to an 8-6 record in 1998, capturing the Central Division Championship and the franchise's first trip to the playoffs. Dolezel was also the first quarterback in AFL history to pass for 400 yards in one game, completing 34-of-43 passes for 449 yards and nine TDs at Iowa (7/26/97).

Dolezel was acquired by the ThunderBears (then-Texas Terror) from the Milwaukee Mustangs on February 27, 1997. He spent his first two seasons in the AFL with the Mustangs.

Following a successful career at East Texas State, Dolezel signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Browns (NFL) and attended training camp in 1994.

DOLEZEL'S CAREER STATISTICS

PASSING ATT COMP YDS PCT TD INT SACK RATING 1995 Milwaukee 12 10 121 83.3 2 1 1 113.5 1996 Milwaukee 16 9 103 56.3 2 1 1 89.3 1997 Texas 388 259 3377 66.8 69 14 6 118.3 1998 Houston 558 343 4228 61.5 81 17 8 108.5 1999 Houston 556 374 4336 67.3 80 19 4 116.0 AFL Career 1530 995 12165 65.0 234 52 20 114.8

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