When defensive end Richard Dent takes his rightful place in Canton, Ohio, next month, he will add to the legacy of one of the most storied and proudest franchises in the history of the league.
Dent, an eighth-round selection out of Tennessee State who spent 12 of his 15 NFL seasons in the Windy City, will become the latest member of the Bears to be given the game’s highest professional honor. The 203rd player selected in the 1983 draft, who ironically played 203 games with the Bears, 49ers, Colts and Eagles, totaled 137.5 career sacks, 129 with Chicago.
The pass-rushing terror joins fellow Hall of Famers middle linebacker Mike Singletary and defensive lineman Dan Hampton as members of a defensive unit that dominated the majority of the 1980s and paved the way for a 15-1 season and a world championship in 1985. Perhaps more significantly, the Super Bowl XX Most Valuable Player will become the 27th player, coach or contributor of the Bears, to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
That’s more than any other franchise in the NFL.
– Russell S. Baxter