by Carlos Nazario
On Saturday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will welcome seven new members. Among them will be Richard Dent, the 27th member from the Chicago Bears, and the 4th member from the 1985 Bears that many consider to be one of the most dominant teams in NFL history. It is another proud moment for the fans of a storied franchise.
Dent played 15 seasons, 12 of them with the Bears. He won two Super Bowls, one with the Bears and another with the San Francisco 49ers, and recorded 137 ½ sacks. He is still, in fact, the sack leader in Bears’ history, and is 6th all time (3rd when he retired).
I remember as a teenager watching Dent play. His ferociousness was on at all times, and it made him one of my favorite Bears. Who can forget the run the Bears defense went on in the 1985 playoffs, led by Dent. In three games, the Bears allowed ten, TEN, points! Those points came in one game, Super Bowl XX. They had back to back shutouts against the New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams. Dent had six sacks in those three games.
I see players like Ray Lewis and Brian Dawkins considered some of the most dominant players in the game, but I say you can have them. If I could have one player to dominate, it would be Dent. Just how dominant was he? He had two forced fumbles in the FIRST HALF OF THE SUPER BOWL. He led the defense that allowed a scant seven yards rushing to the New England Patriots. Again, this was THE SUPER BOWL. His stats for that game: 1.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and a blocked pass.
It took awhile for Dent to make it to the Hall. He was a finalist seven of the last eight years before finally getting that call. Many feel that the honor was well overdue. I salute you, Colonel!