Wednesday, February 22, 2006
NASHVILLE --- Richard Dent, one of the all-time greats in Tennessee State football history and a standout in the National Football League, will return to his alma mater for an appearance in the Campus Center Forum on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. Dent's visit to TSU will came a day prior to his induction into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. The event is open to the public. Dent was a two-time All-American and played for the Tigers from 1979-82 and was the Sheridan National Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. He was a member of three Black College National Championship teams during his tenure. Following TSU, he embarked on his highly successful pro career, playing with the Chicago Bears from 1983-93 and then having stints with the San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts, and the Philadelphia Eagles. Dent was named to play in four Pro Bowls and was a five-time NFC teams. He helped the Bears to their only Super Bowl title and capped off the stellar 1985 season by being named MVP of Super Bowl XX as the Bears routed the New England Patriots, 56-10. He recorded 137.5 quarterback sacks in his career. A 2006 NFL Hall of Fame nominee, Dent will be one of 11 persons inducted into this year's Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. Dent resides in the Chicago area.