Richard Dent for the Hall of Fame
by, 02-03-2011 at 05:15 PM (1907 Views)
Let me start of by saying that it's a crime that he isn't in the Hall of Fame already. I was so sure he would of made it in a few years ago, but was snubbed. I will never understand why Andre Tippet was voted in before Richard Dent. In the Super Bowl that Tippet did play in was against the Bears and Dent was the MVP for that game. Anyways, enough of that rant. Here's hoping that none of my stats are off.
Here's Richard Dent's Resume to the Hall of Fame:
8th Round Draft Pick (203rd overall)
Years with the Bears 1983-1993, 1995
Sacks: 137.5 sacks (124.5 sacks with the Bears)
Tackles: 671 (641 with the Bears) Source: Pro Football Reference
Forced Fumbles: 37 (34 with Bears) Source: Pro Football Reference
Sacks, Interceptions, and Touchdowns are from NFL.com - Richard Dent
4× Pro Bowl selection (1984, 1985, 1990, 1993)
2× First-Team All-Pro selection (1984, 1985)
2× Second-Team All-Pro selection (1988, 1990)
5× All-NFC selection (1984, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1993)
2× Super Bowl champion (XX, XXIX)
Super Bowl XX MVP
Source for Awards: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Dent
Taken from Wikipedia. Great summary of his 1985 season.
In the 1985 season, Dent and the Bears had one of the most spectacular seasons in NFL history, finishing the season with a 15-1 record and shutting out both their opponents in the playoffs. Dent was a major factor in Chicago's success, leading the NFL with 17 sacks, while recovering 2 fumbles and intercepting 2 passes (1 of which was returned for a touchdown).
In the 1985 playoffs, Dent was phenomenal, performing in what was quite possibly the most impressive defensive post-season performance in history. In the divisional playoff game in which the Bears hosted the New York Giants, Dent had one of the most dominant playoff performances in history. In the game, he recorded 7 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. In the NFC Championship Game, Dent, along with teammate Wilber Marshall, provided one of the most memorable playoff moments in history. It was late in the 4th quarter and it had just started to snow.
Quarterback Dieter Brock dropped back to pass, but Dent got there and sacked him, knocking the ball loose. Marshall picked up the loose ball and returned it for a touchdown, a moment that was said to be a perfect end to the Bears' season (at home) and others say that the snow was "Papa Bear" George Halas giving his thumbs-up to the team.
When the Bears went on to defeat the New England Patriots in 46-10 landslide in Super Bowl XX, Dent was selected as the game's MVP. During the game, he shared 2 sacks, forced 2 fumbles, and blocked a pass. Dent made a mere $90,000 in base salary for his efforts in 1985. ($173,000 in 2007 dollars) He was a featured soloist of the "Shuffling Crew" in the video The Super Bowl Shuffle in 1985.
I am not too confident about this year, mainly because the Bears aren't going to the show. I just have this suspicion that most of the voters are just haters. That's the only reason I can come up with. He was one of the best defensive ends in the game when he played. That's not an opinion, that's a fact. I would like to send a letter to each of the voters for the hall of fame to let them know that they have been committing a crime every year Richard Dent is not in the Hall.0 BEAR DOWN!, 0 High Fives, 0 Like, 0 Dislikes, 0 Fap, 0 Facepalm