Hey Canton, “Sack Man comin’, I’m your man Dent; If the quarterback slow, he’s gonna get bent.”
Another member of the 1985 Chicago Bears has been selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as Richard Dent’s wait has ended. Dent will become the 27th Chicago Bear to be enshrined in Canton, more than any other team.
Here’s a quote from the man many called the Colonel on the news of his selection from the Tribune:
“I didn’t have a lot of recognition for my career, things like defensive player of the year, but this is the ultimate recognition,” Dent told the Tribune on the phone from Las Vegas before he planned to fly to Dallas for Super Bowl XLV.
“I’m very appreciative and very happy — it was a long time coming,” Dent said.
If you want to get an idea of dominant Dent was, check out this clip from the’85 season when Dent and the Bears dismantled the Cowboys. He was in the backfield all day and even had an interception in the end zone for a TD.
Dent finished his 15 year career with 137-1/2 sacks, #3 all time at the time of his retirement, including 8 seasons of double digit sacks.
Other members of the 2011 HOF Class include first-ballot guys Marshall Faulk and Deion Sanders along with NFL Films Founder Ed Sabol, tight end Shannon Sharpe and linebackers Chris Hanburger and Les Richter.
I wonder if he’d let linemate Steve McMichael present him for enshrinement. Now that would be a fun speech! Other possible presenters from the Bears would be fellow Hall of Famers Dan Hampton or Mike Singletary or maybe even former Defensive Coordinator Buddy Ryan. Any other ideas? Drop your ideas in the Comments.