TSU's Richard Dent Elected To Pro Football Hall of Fame
Monday, February 7, 2011
Nashville, Tenn. - Former Tennessee State University defensive end, Richard Dent, has been voted for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame for 2011. He becomes the first TSU Tiger to be inducted while joining professional football's elite.

Dent played for the Tigers from 1979 – 1982 and earned All-American honors from 1980-82 including Sheridan Broadcasting Network “Defensive Player of the Year” in 1982. Dent finished his playing days at Tennessee State with 39 sacks, recording a season high of 14 in 1982.

He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1983 as the 203rd overall pick in the eigth round. He played 14 seasons in the NFL with four teams, including the Bears (1983-1993), San Francisco 49ers (1994), Indianapolis Colts (1996) and the Philadelphia Eagles (1997).
While playing with the Bears, Dent was named “MVP” of Super Bowl XX when the Bears defeated  the New England Patriots 46-10.

During his NFL career, Dent amassed 137.5 sacks, recording double-digit QB sacks  in eight NFL seasons. In 1984, he led the NFL with a record 17.5 sacks and in 1985 he led the NFL with 17 sacks. He was named All-Pro four times and  was a 5-time All-NFC selection.

Dent was inducted into the Tennessee State University Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.

Richard Dent presently resides in Chicago, Illinois and heads the Make a Dent Foundation, a 501(3)(c) organization, founded over 14 years ago, with the primary goal of improving the lives of children.
Over the years, the foundation has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to worthwhile organizations such as The Illinois Literacy Foundation, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kentucky, Colin Powell's America's Promise, Angels on the Fairway, United Negro College Fund, the Better Boys Foundation, and many others.