Congratulations to Richard Dent, and a few thoughts on the H.O.F.

First, let us take a minute and congratulate Richard Dent into the National Football League Hall of Fame. Even if its about 7 years too late. Even though Richard Dent is too classy to do anything but say and do the right things, you get the feeling he was kinda over the whole process that the Football HOF puts you through, as he as not in Dallas with the other guys who were inducted; but instead paying golf in Vegas when he got the call letting him know he finally got in. Here are a couple stats to chew on:

At the time of his retirement, Dent was 3rd on the All-time sack list with 137.5; and is currently 6th, ahead of guys like Lawrence Taylor (132.5), Rickey Jackson (128), and Derrick Thomas (126.5)—all who got into the Hall of Fame BEFORE Dent.

Furthermore, if you take each of the top 12 all-time sack leaders’ 10 “peak” years, Dent had 121.5 sacks in 152 games—trailing only Bruce Smith (122) and Reggie White (146).

Big Plays? Dent leads all of these guys in INTs (8), Doleman is second with 7, and Strahan is third with 4. In forced fumbles, Dent (37) trails only Doleman (44) and Bruce Smith (43).

And come playoff-time, Dent was maybe at his best. In 10 career playoff games with the Bears, Dent collected 10.5 sacks. In the Bears’ Super Bowl XX victory  over the Patriots, he collected 1.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles, and was named the MVP of the game.

Lastly, lets leave with a a few video montages of Dent—

-with the 1985 Bears: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlvUWnCdYn0&feature=related

-in the 1985 NFC Championship game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvnYe3aA4OE

-Super Bowl XX Highlights with Dent: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkulytNYbhw

Congratulations again to an all-time great player, and an all-time class act.

6 responses

  1. lincoln1

    I completely agree. Dent should have been in on the first ballot. There are a ton of guys who should be in that are not.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:25 pm

  2. johnnyharvard

    His sacks are his signature contributions but what I remember most about Richard and just how athletic he was for his size was a running play in the NFC championship game. I’m sure you know which one I’m referring to. He jumped completely over this 6’6″ lineman and nailed Eric Dickerson 4 yards behind the line of scrimmage in a full dive like he was flying through the air. Just amazing. He was doing things athletes back than just weren’t. Hard to believe all the great players they had from low picks and undrafted free agents. Dent was an 8th round pick! Wow! Well deserved and about damn time too. In a defense full of stars he may have shined the brightest.

    February 6, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    • Two things that make me think it is CRAZY that it took Dent eight years to get in:
      a) Its hard to argue that he was not the most important player on the Bears’ defense that is considered the BEST OF ALL TIME. So, would you leave Joe Montana out of the HOF, just because he had Jerry Rice and Roger Craig?
      b) Name me 10 better DEs in the HISTORY of the NFL in the Super Bowl Era.

      February 6, 2011 at 6:20 pm

      • johnnyharvard

        Agreed! Especially when you do try to find others that compare. I’d say find me five that you would say was equal to deny yet alone better. To me no one was better. maybe as good, but no one played RE better than Dent.

        February 7, 2011 at 8:32 am

  3. Lincoln1

    There is no question dent should have been in a long time ago. It makes you winder what some of these writers be smoking sometimes

    February 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    • not only that, explain to me how you have the same group of guys voting, and a guy can mss 8 times, then make it. did they finally watch tape of dent or something?

      February 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm

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