Friday, August 5, 2011

Richard Dent: Another Sports Miracle

          Richard Dent was a skinny kid in high school and college. That's why its surprising that he actually made it into the NFL as a defensive end. Dent was taken in the 8th round  (203rd overall pick) in the 1983 draft. Nearly three decades later, Dent will enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
     Dent, who would later be part of the 1985 Bears, was considered to be a bust after he was drafted. But defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan saw something in Dent. With Ryan's confidence, Dent became a part of the long and proud tradition of the Chicago Bears defense. Dent won Super Bowl MVP in Super Bowl XX. In the game, Number 95 racked up 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and a blocked pass. Dent was even featured in the "Super Bowl Shuffle" with his notable line, "We stop the run, we stop the pass, I like to dump guys on their ass." 
     Dent played for the Bears from 1983 to 1993 and later San Francisco in 1994 , a second stint with the Bears in 1995, the Indianapolis Colts in '96 and finally with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1997. With the 49er's Dent would win his 2nd Super Bowl in Super Bowl XXIX. Dent finished his career with over 100 sacks and selected to 4 Pro Bowls, as well as 5 All-Pro teams. Dent will now join fellow 1985 Bears in Canton that includes Dan Hampton, Mike Singletary and Walter Payton.

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