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Richard Dent

Richard Dent

A student of the game, defensive end Richard Dent was one of the most dominant players of his era. Nicknamed "The Sack Man," Dent would not only get to the quarterback but he was determined to generate takeaways by stripping the ball. "The name of the game is turnovers. If you want to take your game to the next level, it’s all about turnovers," he once explained.

An unheralded and underweight defensive end out of Tennessee State, Dent slipped into the eighth round of the 1983 NFL Draft, though his raw quickness and intelligence was not ignored by the Bears. "I gave him a second-round ability grade, and we were able to get him in the eighth round. He was a steal," said former Bears scout Bill Tobin.

Although a dominant pass rusher for a decade with the Bears, he did more than just terrorize quarterbacks. "I used him in coverage a lot," said former defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan. "He could have had a lot more sacks if I hadn’t had him in coverage." Richard took pride in demonstrating his versatility and helping the team. "It really didn’t matter to me what we did," Super Bowl XX MVP Dent said. "It’s all about winning."

Career Highlights
Selected by Chicago in eighth round (203rd player overall) of 1983 NFL Draft... Played in every game as a rookie... Became full-time starter early in 1984, beginning a 10-year period in which he recorded 10 or more sacks in eight of 10 seasons... Twice, once in 1984 and again in 1987, recorded 4.5 sacks in a game, both vs. the Raiders... 137.5 career sack total was third all-time in NFL history at the time of his retirement... One of only three players in NFL history to record at least 17 sacks in consecutive seasons (17.5 in 1984 and 17 in 1985)... Fifth all-time in NFL history with 10.5 post-season sacks... Eight career interceptions are tied for third all-time among NFL defensive linemen... Six sacks in the 1985 playoffs are tied for most in a single-NFL postseason... MVP of Super Bowl XX, recording three tackles, 1.5 sacks, one pass defensed and two forced fumbles in Chicago’s 46-10 win over the Patriots... Named first- or second-team All-Pro four times, All-NFC five times and selected to play in four Pro Bowls (1985, 1986, 1991, 1994)... Earned second Super Bowl ring with 49ers during the 1994 season.

Bears all-time sack leader (124.5)
Super Bowl XX MVP (1.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 3 tackles)
All-NFC five times
Four-time Pro Bowl selection
All-Pro four times
Inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame August 6, 2011