Former Seahawk, WSU Cougar Dr. Dan Doornink hospitalized with COVID-19

As a longtime player for the Seahawks and a Washington State Cougar Football legend, Dr. Dan Doornink made an impact on fans long before he graduated from medical school and got into the business of caring for patients and saving lives.

Sources close to Doornink’s family told KIRO 7 he is in critical condition in a Yakima hospital with COVID-19. They said Doornink is vaccinated, but he also suffers from an autoimmune disorder.

Doornink’s wife, Sharon, made a public post on her Facebook page: “Dear friends, I decided I would post a request for prayer for my dear husband, Dan. He is hospitalized fighting Covid. He has had an autoimmune blood disorder for several years, which complicates his body fighting this Covid Virus. We trust in our good God and Savior Jesus Christ, no matter what happens, but would appreciate you joining us in prayer. The Body of Christ is an amazing gift to us as believers.....it is such an encouragement in times like these. Share with anyone!”

“He’s like a brother,” said Steve Raible, longtime radio host of the Seahawks and a former teammate of Doornink’s when he was attending medical school at the University of Washington while playing running back for the Seahawks.

“Just such a smart guy. And such a really nice guy, a fun guy and a family guy,” Raible said. “All those things you loved about a good friend is what he is I’m certain — as people’s family doctor. So that’s what’s makes this all the more heartbreaking.”

Doornink followed in his father’s footsteps and became a doctor in Yakima where he was an internist for more than 30 years. Raible said Doornink could do everything on a football field.

“He played special teams. He was a great receiver out of the backfield. He was a great blocker, protector of the quarterback. He was smart. He never made mental mistakes,” Raible said. “And he always seemed to come up with a big play when you needed one. He was just remarkable that way.”

Raible said as he joins legions of fans praying for Doornink’s recovery, it’s good to recall the importance of protecting yourself and the ones you love from infection.

“Here’s a guy who was helping others, and he was protected as best he could be, and he still got it. And it’s put him at death’s door. That should let all of us know how serious this is,” Raible said.