Dent Inducted Into NFL Hall Of Fame

The Chicago Bears’ Richard Dent has been enshrined into the NFL Hall of Fame.

Dent spent 12 of his 15 NFL seasons playing for the Chicago Bears, and recorded 137.5 sacks, 671 tackles and forced 37 fumbles throughout his career. He was also the Super Bowl MVP in 1985.

Dent was drafted in the eighth round by the Bears, with 203rd overall pick in the 1983.

It was a long process for Dent to get inducted. He was announced as a finalist back in 2005 and came close to being in the induction classes that followed. But Dent’s wait has came to an end as the announcement became official during an NFL Network annoucnement on Saturday night.

Joining Dent in the 2011 class is Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Shannon Sharpe, Ed Sabol, Les Richter and Chris Hanburger.

Sanders, the outstanding cornerback/kick returner and sometime wide receiver known as “Prime Time” with five teams, is a two-time Super Bowl winner and Defensive Player of the Year in 1994.

Faulk won a Super Bowl with the 1999 Rams, was the 1994 Offensive Rookie of the Year, 2000 NFL MVP and a three-time Offensive Player of the Year (1999-2001).

Sharpe held league records for a tight end in receptions, yards and touchdowns when he retired in 2001.

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  • chana

    Now that’s sweet! Just finished watching the NFL network’s coverage! Seeing Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Shannon Sharpe and Steve Sabol for his dad, Ed was just a pleasure. It was refreshing to see these football stars be humbled by this award. Congratulations to all of the inductees!

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  • Centurion

    Ask Richard Dent to submit to a drug test and he would have declined. Just like he declined to be tested for ROIDS all the other years.

  • Centurion

    Hey Rich, before you can be admitted to the HALL OF FAME….you must submit to a drug test….Dents response….NAW, THATS ALRIGHT, I DON’T NEED NO HALL OF FAME…..and I AIN’T TAKIN NO TEST FOR STEROIDS…..Uh, Richard, we didn’t say we would test you for Steroids…..why would you think we would test for steroids…..(Dent now turns and walks away…..cause he knows…he cannot pass any type of drug test)

  • Robert Hannel

    What a joke! Richard Dent in the Hall Of Fame?! Ahead of Chris Doleman and Charles Haley!?

    • Mark, Sterling

      Ummm yeah…compare them statistically…Dent wins.

  • Matt Connors

    Dent ahead of Dolman and Haley, yes. he was better than either

  • Mellanese B. Sims

    Congratulations Dent!!

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