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Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Dent's 'proud papa' saw potential

By Melissa Isaacson

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- When the fifth round of the 1983 NFL draft rolled around, George Halas pushed his chair back and went to lunch, taking his general manager Jim Finks, his son-in-law Ed McCaskey and Finks' assistant Bill McGrane along with him.

The Bears traded their fifth-, sixth- and seventh-round picks away that year, so it was a natural break for the team's braintrust. But the Bears' scouting department, which consisted of pro scout Bill Tobin and college scout Jim Parmer, remained in the old Halas Hall war room monitoring the draft as one name on the board, or in this case wall, stared back at them.

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