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.