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Saturday, February 6, 2010
Dent denied entry to Hall of Fame

By JEFF DICKERSON

Richard Dent
Former Bears defensive end Richard Dent was denied again in his bid for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Former Bears defensive end Richard Dent was once again denied enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This marks the sixth time in the last seven years Dent was named a finalist only to be turned away by voters.

Dent did survive the first cut -- where the 15 finalists are trimmed to 10 -- but was eliminated from consideration in the second round of voting.

"I think he should have been in years ago, and I think some of the people they put in recently ahead of him are unjustified in my opinion," Dent's former teammate Jimbo Covert told ESPNChicago.com earlier in the week. "There's a few people who will say things like he didn't play the run or he was only a pass rusher, I don't know, I played against him every day in practice and I think he did a hell of a job. The Hall of Fame is about people who have excelled and gone above and beyond, and he certainly has done that."

Dent amassed 137.5 sacks over his 15-year NFL career, and was selected to play in four Pro Bowls.

The Hall of Fame class of 2010 includes: Emmitt Smith, Jerry Rice, John Randle, Rickey Jackson, Floyd Little, Dick LeBeau and Russ Grimm.