To mark the Bears’ 100th season, we’re counting down the 100 greatest players in franchise history. Coming in at No. 14 is defensive end Richard Dent.
On the first play of Super Bowl XX, Dent ended up on his back, looking up at the Superdome ceiling. But, oh, what a game he would have after that play. He went up against two of the best offensive linemen in the NFL, being credited with 1.5 sacks and an untold number of disruptions. He was named Super Bowl MVP for his effort against the Patriots in the Bears’ 46-10 victory.
Dent was at his best in the Bears’ biggest games, collecting 10.5 sacks in the playoffs, and amassing some 124.5 in his Bears career — a franchise record — to go along with 34 forced fumbles and 8 interceptions. A Hall of Famer, Dent earned first-team All-Pro honors in 1985 and was a four-time Pro Bowler. He played 203 games over 12 seasons with the Bears from 1983-93 and 1995.
Follow along as we rank the 100 greatest Bears players and check chicagotribune.com/bears100 for more. (Bob Langer photo / @chicagotribune)
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