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Best Bears Draft Picks of All-Time: DE Richard Dent

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The Sackman. Super Bowl XX MVP. Four-time Pro Bowler, and four-time All-Pro. Richard Dent went from the 8th round of the 1983 NFL Draft (#203 overall), to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Sure it took a few years for one of the most dominating defensive players in history to reach the Hall, but 2011 will be good to Mr. Dent, who provided Bears fans with more memorable experiences than they could have ever hoped for from the former Tennessee State Tiger.

We could list the stats (137.5 sacks), the accolades (Super Bowl MVP), and his legacy (Make a Dent), but all it takes to get most Bears fans riled up is to mention his 1985 season, and specifically, the postseason.

Remember his performance versus the Giants in the divisional round? 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and 7 tackles?

The next week, in the NFC Championship game against the Rams, Dent's late-game sack/strip of the QB (which led to Wilbur Marshall scooping up the ball and returning it for a TD) was one of the greatest feelings of satisfaction to date. Legend had it that, in that game, George Halas made it start snowing, as his approval for the Bears greatness that season.

And of course, the Super Bowl that followed.

We've already decided that Walter Payton was the all-time greatest draft pick by the Bears, but where do you see Dent's selection falling? Is he #2?


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