Chicago Bears: Richard Dent

Banks, Dent back Illinois gay marriage bill

March, 7, 2013
Two Hall of Fame athletes signed a letter supporting a gay marriage bill on its way to the Illinois House.

Former Chicago Cubs shortstop Ernie Banks and former Chicago Bears defensive end Richard Dent, along with former Bears Hunter Hillenmeyer and Brendon Ayanbadejo, wrote that the "Illinois General Assembly should act now and give same-sex couples the freedom to marry."

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Dent blames Ditka for not winning 2nd SB

October, 31, 2012

Mike Ditka refused to engage in a war of words with Hall of Fame defensive Richard Dent, who said Wednesday that Ditka was the reason the 1985 Chicago Bears didn't repeat as Super Bowl champions.

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1985 Chicago Bears still buzzworthy

October, 7, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Twenty-five years later, there was no mistaking the sight of a 52-year-old Jim McMahon sitting behind the President of the United States on the South Lawn of the White House in a suit, tie, white headband and tennis shoes.

For all those pinheads who wish the 1985 Chicago Bears would go away already, there they were again Friday, honored for their contribution as Super Bowl champions; getting overdue attention from Washington for, the nerve of them, being one of the greatest teams in NFL history.

Also reminding us, and maybe still informing those too young or too thick to realize, just how big a part of popular culture they were and, as such, always will be.

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Dent: HOF speech not about Ryan, Ditka

August, 8, 2011
Former Chicago Bears defensive end Richard Dent said his omission of former coaches Buddy Ryan and Mike Ditka from his Hall of Fame induction speech on Saturday wasn't meant as a slight.

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Dent's football journey ends in Canton

August, 6, 2011
Looking for little more than to one day "be someone special" whom his family could admire, Richard Dent said he was inspired by the words of fellow Atlanta native Martin Luther King Jr. as he went from an unrecruited and unwanted college player to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

"All I could do was dream," the former eighth-round pick of the Chicago Bears said Saturday upon becoming the first player from his college, the first from Atlanta and the fourth Bears player from the 1985 Super Bowl champions to be honored in Canton, Ohio.

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Dent's 'proud papa' saw potential

February, 9, 2011
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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Dent on Hall: 'This is my shining time'

February, 9, 2011
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Gratitude continued to flow from the podium at Halas Hall on Wednesday long after the press conference had come to an end.

Surely, reporters could wait for him to finish that extra few minutes. Richard Dent, a former Chicago Bears defensive end, earned them having gone through the Hall of Fame voting process nine times, including seven of the past eight years as a finalist, before finally gaining entrance.

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Inducting Dent? Daughter or Gilliam Sr.

February, 7, 2011
Chicago Bears great Richard Dent, who was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, said Monday that he's down to two candidates to present him into the Hall.

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Richard Dent elected to Hall of Fame

February, 5, 2011
DALLAS -- The wait is over for Richard Dent.

After being denied by the 44-member selection board six times in the last seven years, the former Chicago Bears defensive end was finally elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

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Wilbon: Dent belongs in the Hall of Fame

February, 4, 2011
DALLAS -- It might not be the greatest class of finalists Pro Football Hall of Fame voters have ever had to consider, but it could be the most difficult to judge. One of the oft-repeated phrases used by selectors to justify turning thumbs down on a candidate has always been, "It's not the Hall of Very Good; it's the Hall of Fame." In other words, only truly great players should be granted entry.

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Richard Dent to be honorary captain

January, 21, 2011

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears announced Friday that Richard Dent, the franchise’s all-time sack leader and MVP of Super Bowl XX, will serve as an honorary captain for Sunday’s NFC title game against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field.

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Dent among HOF semifinalists

November, 28, 2010
CANTON, Ohio -- Curtis Martin, Jerome Bettis and Marshall Faulk, three of the top 10 rushers in NFL history, are among 26 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2011.

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Irvin likes potential of Cutler-Martz pairing

August, 4, 2010
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AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhMichael Irvin believes Devin Hester can flourish in Mike Martz's offense.
Hall of Fame former Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin joined "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000 on Wednesday and had some strong takes on Richard Dent, the Mike-Martz-Jay Cutler relationship and Devin Hester.

Here are the highlights:

  • Asked if he believes former Bears great Richard Dent deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, Irvin said: "I don't know how you don't have the man in. Everyone talks about what is the most important part of every team? Defense. Defense wins championships, and [the 1985 Bears were] the greatest defense of all time. What are we saying here? And not only that, he showed up each and every year."

  • Irvin, who terrorized defenses with quarterback Troy Aikman and offensive coordinator Norv Turner, said the Cutler-Martz pairing will be fun to watch: "The personality match with Cutler and Martz, man, that's a marriage made in heaven. Are you serious? Mike Martz, as wild as he is with that football and as wild as Jay Cutler wants to be with that football? Lovie will have no control over that. You know Lovie will not have any control over it but it will be great."

  • Irvin intimated that Hester could be implemented a lot like former Ram Az-Zahir Hakim, who flourished in a Martz offense: "The speed of a guy like Devin Hester in the hands of a guy like Mike Martz with the arm of a guy like Jay Cutler is absolutely dangerous for everybody defending."

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  • Dent denied entry to Hall of Fame

    February, 6, 2010
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    Getty ImagesFormer 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 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.