A disruptive force from the inside or outside, Dan Hampton anchored one of the most dominant defensive lines in NFL history. Hampton was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2002 and is the 26th Bear to earn the honor.
He was inducted with Redskins head coach George Allen, Raiders tight end Dave Casper, Bills quarterback Jim Kelly and Steelers wide receiver John Stallworth.
Hampton played in 157 regular season games, starting 152, during 12 NFL seasons, all with the Bears. He began his NFL career in 1979 and is one of only two Bears players to ever play in three decades (Sid Luckman, 1939-51). He finished his career ranked third on the Bears all-time career sacks list with 82.0, trailing just Richard Dent (124.5 from 1983-93; 95) and Steve McMichael (92.5 from 1981-93). He was named to the NFL Team of the '80's by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors and was a Pro Bowl performer four times during that decade (1980, 1982, 1984 and 1985), twice as a defensive end and two times as a defensive tackle. Hampton was named Defensive MVP by Pro Football Weekly in 1982 and started the first 48 games of his career where he established himself as a dominant pass rusher, recording 25 sacks during his first three seasons in the league.
Hampton was drafted in the first round (fourth overall) by the Bears in the 1979 draft. The Bears obtained his pick (plus TE Bobby Moore) from Tampa Bay for DE Wally Chambers. "Danimal," as he was affectionately known by teammates and fans, earned all-America honors and was named Southwestern Conference Defensive Player of the Year following an 18-sack season as a senior. He was a three-year starter and two-time all-SWC performer for the Razorbacks.
Former Bears defensive end Ed O'Bradovich (1962-71) is scheduled to be the presenter at Dan's Hall of Fame induction on Aug. 3, 2002.
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