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Class of 2011: Richard Dent

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Making a Dent

Defensive end Richard Dent was one of the most intimidating players in the NFL and a cornerstone of the great Bears' defense of the 1980s, amassing 137.5 career sacks. Dent played for the Bears (1983-1993, 1995), 49ers (1994), Colts (1996) and Eagles (1997).

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Did you know?
Richard Dent is among the most prolific sack specialists in NFL history, having taken down the quarterback 137.5 times. The list of QBs that have been sacked by Dent is lengthy and includes some all-time greats. As a matter of fact, the first sack victim of Dent was none other than Hall of Famer Joe Montana. For more nuggets about Dent, check out Gil Brandt's "Ten things you didn't know about Richard Dent."
Through the years
Get a better picture of Richard Dent's career in this photo gallery.
Three Key Moments
MVP of Super Bowl XX
Dent led the NFL with 17 sacks in 1985, but made his greatest impact during the biggest game of the season. Dent had three tackles, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles as the Bears trounced the Patriots, 46-10, in Super Bowl XX. For his efforts, Dent was selected as the game's Most Valuable Player.
Wilson!
Dent set a career-best when he recorded 4.5 sacks against the Raiders in 1984. As amazing as that was, Dent accomplished the feat again in 1987 -- when he again recorded 4.5 sacks against the L.A. Raiders. Marc Wilson was the Raiders' starting quarterback in both of those games.
A club record
Dent set a club record and led the NFC with 17.5 sacks in 1984. What is interesting to note here is that Dent was only the team's starter for the final 10 games of the season. Appropriately, he was named to the first of his four Pro Bowls and earned All-Pro and All-NFC honors as well.
Quotable
"He could play at a level that I don't care who you were, you couldn't block Richard Dent," -- Pro Football Hall of Fame coach John Madden

"I couldn't be happier for Richard. It's the 25th anniversary of our Super Bowl when he was the MVP, so that's even more special. I mean, he made everybody on that defense better." -- Pro Football Hall of Fame player Mike Ditka

"The sackman's comin', I'm your man Dent. If the quarterback's slow, He's gonna get bent. We stop the run, we stop the pass, I like to dump guys on their ass! We love to play for the world's best fans, You better start makin' your Super Bowl plans!" - Richard Dent, from the song "Super Bowl Shuffle

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