On the right path

While Richard Dent's Hall of Fame campaign failed to put him in Canton this year, the defensive end is getting closer to receiving football's highest individual honor.

Dent was among the final 10 being considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but did not receive the minimum positive vote of 80 percent.

Those that made the cut were quarterback John Elway, running back Barry Sanders, defensive end Carl Eller and offensive tackle Bob Brown.

Dent, was also nominated for the Hall of Fame honor in 2002,but was not chosen to advance to the final selection round.

As a player, Dent was the Bears all time sacks leader with 124.5 and MVP of Super Bowl XX. He rejoined the Bears as an assistant defensive line coach in April of 2003.

Dent spent 12 years in a Bears uniform and recorded double-digit sack totals during each season from 1984-1988. His career total of 137.5 sacks ranks fifth in all time NFL history behind only Reggie White, Bruce Smith, Kevin Greene, and Chris Doleman.

Dent was selected by the Bears in the eighth-round of the 1983 draft and quickly became a vital part of a defense that played in three NFC Championship games and was the Super Bowl XX MVP in a Bears victory. He was selected as a Pro Bowler four times. After playing with the Bears, Dent also played with San Francisco, Indianapolis, and Philadelphia. During his 15-year career, Dent played in 203 games with 151 starts, recording a total of 675 tackles, 8 interceptions, 38 forced fumbles, 13 fumble recoveries and one touchdown.

The Bears have 26 Hall of Famers, more than any other NFL team. Dent would be the fourth member of the '85 team to be enshrined joining Walter Payton, Mike Singletary and Dan Hampton.

Ceremonies will be held at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 8.

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