Once again we pay tribute to a new NFL hall of fame member. Chicago Bears defensive end Richard Dent, Dent was part of the legendary 1985 Bears Superbowl team and what is probably one of the best teams ever assembled. Led by Coach Mike Ditka and Buddy Ryan this defense consisted of many names we all recognize today like Hall of Famer and Vikings linebacker coach Mike Singletary and Vikings head coach Lesalie Fraizer. You can also add Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, William Perry and Jeff Fisher former Titans head coach, although he was not on the active roster this season. Among all these men was the new addition the the NFL Hall of Fame Defensive end Richard Dent.
Richard Dent born December 13th 1960 was drafted in the 8th round with pick number 203* out of Tennessee state by the Chicago Bears in 1983. Richard Dent was a great speed rusher in the legendary Bears defense. Between 1984 and 1985 seasons Dent recorded 34.5 sacks. In the 1985 season he recorded 17 sacks, recovered 2 fumbles and 2 interceptions (1 for a touchdown) during the playoffs. The Bears shutout both their playoff opponents and Dent still has one of the best post season defensive performances to date. The Bears would go one to punish New England with a 46-10 victory and Richard Dent was named Super Bowl XX MVP with 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and a blocked pass. For his amazing season in 1985 Dent was paid $90,000 as a base salary. By today standards that is still only roughly $173,000.
Dent would continue on with the Bears through the 1993 season even after the removal of Coach Ditka after the 1988 season. In1994 Richard Dent would catch on with the San Francisco 49ers. He would win one more Superbowl ring with Rice, Sanders and company even though he spent much of the season side lined with injuries. Injuries would continue to be a problem for Dent. He would return to Chicago in 1995. 1996 he would spend a season with the Colts and in 1997 he would continue on with the Eagles in a designated pass rusher position.
1997 Richard Dent would hang up his helmet for good. At the time of his retirement his career 137.5 sacks ranked him 3rd all time in the NFL. Only behind Hall of famers Reggie White and Bruce Smith. 124.5 of those sacks came in his first stint with the Chicago Bears. Through 2005 and 2009 Dent was considered a finalist for the NFL Hall of Fame but was never able to make the last cut. Until now at 50 years Richard Dent will be forever enshrined in Canton with the great defensive lineman of this game and rightfully so.
Richard Dent Career highlights
- Super Bowl XX MVP
- 4 time Pro Bowl selection
- 2 time All Pro
- 2 time second team All Pro
- 5 time all NFC selection
- 2 Superbowl championships
"The sackman's comin', I'm your man Dent. If the quarterback's slow, He's gonna get bent. We stop the run, we stop the pass, I like to dump guys on their ass! We love to play for the world's best fans, You better start makin' your Super Bowl plans!"
( Richard Dent- Super Bowl Shuffle)
Welcome to Canton Mr. Dent tell Sweetness the world misses him. Richard Dent was looked over several times but without a doubt this kid from Tennessee state earned his spot in the greatest seat in the NFL.
*Richard Dent retired after exactly 203 games the exact number of the pick he was drafted with.
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