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Richard Dent: 2011 Hall of Fame Class

Posted on: August 6, 2011 8:17 pm
 


Posted by Ryan Wilson

"The thing about Richard was he really made himself what he became," said Mike Ditka, the '85 Bears' coach.

"I didn't worry about [this] day coming. I more or less worried about the people who I wanted to thank, make sure they were living. I lost my high school coach who just died a couple years ago. My mother passed in '89, and I think the last guy living here that played a big part of it was Coach Gilliam." - Richard Dent on finally being inducted into the Hall of Fame

"I'm just a skinny kid from Glennville, Georgia, 3,500 people, two traffic lights, going to the Hall of Fame. Trust me, I don't get lost for words very often, but this has got me baffled." - Richard Dent



                           Pro Football Hall of Fame: Class of 2011
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Richard Dent was an integral part of the 1985 Chicago Bears defense, one of the best defenses in modern NFL history. And Saturday, he becomes the third member of that unit to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Dent, who had to wait seven years for this day, joins Dan Hampton and Mike Singletary.

More via the Associated Press: A four-time Pro Bowl pick and MVP of the Super Bowl during the 1985 championship season, Dent played 15 years and is tied for sixth with John Randle on the NFL's all-time sacks list with 137 1/2. He set a team record with 17 1/2 in 1984, led the NFL with 17 sacks a year later and finished with 10 or more eight times in his career.

"I grew up in a town where a man said 'I have a dream.' … As a kid growing up at that time, listening to [Martin Luther King], all I could do was dream," said Dent Saturday night. "… Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be here."

Dent was a 1983 eighth-round pick of the Bears. Joe Gilliam, Dent's college defensive coordinator, presented him for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:47 pm
 

Richard Dent: 2011 Hall of Fame Class



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Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2011 7:26 am
 

Richard Dent: 2011 Hall of Fame Class

didnt deserve it neither did hampton  hey richard i m  baffled too!



Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: August 7, 2011 1:14 am
 

Richard Dent: 2011 Hall of Fame Class

congrats Richard! I'm sure Walter Payton is looking down on you and smiling


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