quick article on R Dent, HoF'r as of today.
Ten things you didn't know about Richard Dent
- By Gil Brandt NFL.com
Former Tennessee State University coach John Merritt often tells the story of how Richard Dent - member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2011 - was recruited to the school. Dent came from religious family in the Atlanta area. Assistant coach Joe Gilliam accompanied Merritt on the trip. The first thing Merritt did was get down on his knees and open the bible. That was all they needed to do to convince him TSU was the right place.
Here are 10 more things you probably didn't know about Dent:
» Coming out of college, Dent was an undersized defensive end. He ran a 4.83 40 at the combine, not great for the position. But people were just realizing at the time the idea of pass rusher as a specialist.
» In 1984, Dent's second season with the Bears, he led the NFC with 17.5 sacks and made the Pro Bowl -- despite not starting until the seventh game of season.
» In 1985, Dent led the NFL with 17 sacks, and then was named MVP of Super Bowl XX. Lost in the Bears' domination of that game is the fact that Dent was going against an all-pro left tackle in New England's Bruce Armstrong.
» In his 15-year career, Dent played for four teams. One reason he moved a lot was his status as a specialist - his play against the run was not as good as it needed to be.
» Dent was one of the pioneers of forcing fumbles by coming from the quarterback's backside and batting the ball out of his hands.
» One of quickest first-move players off the line that you'll ever see, Dent's style was very similar to that of Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney.
» Dent had been a finalist for the Hall of Fame seven times before gaining election.
» Dent is the first Hall of Famer from Tennessee State.
» The first quarterback ever sacked by Dent was fellow Hall of Famer Joe Montana, on Nov. 27, 1983.
» From 1984-88, Dent recorded five straight seasons with 10 or more sacks
I knew at least two or three of those things; but still kinda interesting. Congrats to Dent, my fav D player from that era.
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Good stuff. I'm giddy and proud that Richard Dent is officially a Hall of Famer. I was honestly beginning to come to grips with the realization that this day would never come, despite the fact that we all know he was worthy of it. I feel so relieved that he got in...I can't imagine how he feels lol.
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Dent was one of the pioneers of forcing fumbles by coming from the quarterback's backside and batting the ball out of his hands.
**That's kind of suprising, that it would take until the 80's for that to become a trend.
One of quickest first-move players off the line that you'll ever see, Dent's style was very similar to that of Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney.
**Good observation, but was even better at it.
The first quarterback ever sacked by Dent was fellow Hall of Famer Joe Montana, on Nov. 27, 1983.
**Wonder if he remebers that. What a welcome to the NFL.
From 1984-88, Dent recorded five straight seasons with 10 or more sacks.
**that is absurd, and a few 15+ to boot. Guy was an animal.
# 95 !!!
What should you call any : Fumble , Hold , Interception , Three and out , or Sack ?
A " F.H.I.T.S " ? or a J'Marcus ?
Dent also had the nice technique of driving the qb's throwing shoulder into the turf and bouncing it nicely. So glad he's finally enshrined!!
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