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Richard Lamar Dent ... Selected by Chicago in eighth round, 1983 draft. . .An intimidating player, could speed rush or power rush quarterback. . .Amassed 137.5 career sacks. . .Recorded double-digit sacks eight seasons. . .Led NFC with team record 17.5 sacks, 1984. . .Following year, led NFL with 17 sacks. . .Super Bowl XX MVP. . .Named first- or second-team All-Pro four times, All-NFC five times. . . Selected to four Pro Bowls. . .Born December 13, 1960 in Atlanta, Georgia.
An eighth-round draft pick out of Tennessee State, rookie defensive end Richard Dent immediately exceeded the Chicago Bears' expectations. Dent played in every game as a rookie in 1983 and even started in three. The following year, he became a permanent starter at right end. That year he recorded a team record 17.5 sacks which was also the most of any defender in the NFC. Making his accomplishment even more significant is the fact that he was a starter in only the final 10 games of the season. Appropriately, he was named to the first of his four Pro Bowls and earned All-Pro and All-NFC honors as well.
For Dent, the 1984 season was the beginning of a remarkable 10-year period during which he recorded 10 or more sacks in eight of the next ten seasons including five consecutive (1984-88). His only double digit misses during that period came in 1989 when he logged 9 sacks, and in 1992 when he added 8.5 more.
Dent’s NFC leading 17.5 sacks in 1984 was immediately followed up with an NFL best 17 sacks in 1985. That year the Bears trounced the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX. Dent’s Super Bowl performance – three tackles, 1.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles – earned him Most Valuable Player honors. In the two playoff games against the New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams, building up to the Super Bowl, he was credited with a combined total of nine tackles and 4.5 sacks. In the 1986 season, Dent registered 11.5 sacks, 7.5 of which came during the final seven games.
Twice – once in 1984 and then again in 1987 – the Bears’ pass rushing specialist, dropped Los Angeles Raiders quarterbacks for a career high 4.5 sacks in a single game.
Chicago’s defenses of the mid-to-late 1980s ranks as one of the best of all time. Dent, a pass-rushing force, was a dominant player on a dominant defense. “He’ll make the guy in front of him know he’s in for a day’s work,” former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Ray Rhodes said of Dent when he signed him late in his career.
At the time of his retirement, Dent’s 137.5 career sack total was third behind Reggie White and Bruce Smith. Additional career statistics – including seasons with the San Francisco 49ers (1994), Indianapolis Colts (1996), and Eagles (1997) – include 8 interceptions, a safety, and fumble recovery for a touchdown. Four times he was named first- or second-team All-Pro, five times All-NFC, and selected to play in four Pro Bowls (1985, 1986, 1991, and 1994).
1984 NFC - San Francisco 49ers 23, Chicago Bears 0
Dent started at right defensive end. He had two tackles, two assists, and one pass defensed.
1985 NFC - Chicago Bears 24, Los Angeles Rams 0
Dent started at right defensive end. He had two tackles and one sack for 11 yards.
1988 NFC - San Francisco 49ers 28, Chicago Bears 3
Dent did not play in the game.
1994 NFC - San Francisco 49ers 38, Dallas Cowboys 28
Dent did not start but played. He recorded one tackle.
Super Bowl XX - Chicago Bears 46, New England Patriots 10
Dent started at right defensive end. He had three tackles, 1.5 sacks, one pass defensed, and two forced fumbles. He was named the game's Most Valuable Player.
Super Bowl XXIX - San Francisco 49ers 49, San Diego Chargers 26
Dent was inactive for the game.
All-Pro: 1984 (PW), 1985 (AP, PFWA)
All-Pro Second Team: 1984 (AP), 1988 (AP, NEA), 1990 (AP)
All-NFC: 1984 (UPI, PW), 1985 (UPI), 1988 (UPI, PW), 1990 (UPI, PW), 1993 (PW)
(4) - 1985, 1986, 1991, 1994
At time of his retirement following 1997 season
[Tied for 2nd] Most Seasons, 10 or More Sacks - 8 (1984-1988, 1990-91, 1993)
[3rd] Most Sacks, Career - 137.5
[Tied for 1st] Most Sacks, Game - 3.5 (vs. N.Y. Giants, Jan. 5, 1986)
[Tied for 2nd] Most Sacks, Game - 3 (vs. Washington, Dec. 30, 1984)
[3rd] Most Sacks, Career - 10.5
Bears' records held by Dent
Records through the 1995 season, Dent's final season with Chicago
[1st] Most Sacks, Career - 124.5
[1st] Most Sacks, Season - 17.5 (1984)
[1st] Most Sacks, Game - 4.5 (vs. L.A. Raiders, Nov. 4, 1984; at L.A. Raiders, Dec. 27, 1987)
[2nd] Most Sacks, Season - 17.0 (1985)
[Tied for 3rd] Most Seasons Played - 12
NFL Statistical Championships
Sack Titles: 1985
NFC Statistical Championships
Sack Titles: 1984, 1985
Team Statistical Championships
Sack Titles: 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1996 Ind
Ind Indianapolis Colts. Won all other titles with Chicago Bears
Super Bowl XX MVP
Full Name: Richard Lamar Dent
Birthdate: December 13, 1960
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia
High School: J.C. Murphy (Atlanta, GA)
Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: February 5, 2011
Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: August 6, 2011
Presenter: Joe Gilliam, former Tennessee State coach
Other Members of the Class of 2011: Marshall Faulk, Chris Hanburger, Les Richter, Ed Sabol, Deion Sanders, Shannon Sharpe
Pro Career: 15 seasons, 203 games
Drafted: 8th round (203rd player overall) in 1983 by Chicago Bears
Uniform Number: #95
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