NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Former Tennessee State Tiger Richard Dent will be inducted into The Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF) early next year.
The seven 2015 inductees were selected from a list of 25 finalists who had been determined earlier by the BCFHOF Selection Committee.
The Class includes Roger Brown (University of Maryland Eastern Shore), Richard Dent (Tennessee State University), L.C. Greenwood (University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) Ernie “Big Cat” Ladd (Grambling State University), Ken Riley (Florida A&M University), Donnie Shell (South Carolina State University) and Coach W.C. Gorden (Jackson State University).
Votes were tallied from the 13-member Selection Committee, comprised of prominent journalists, commentators and historians, as well as former NFL General Managers and executives, and from previous BCFHOF inductees to determine the Class of 2015.
In his four-year stint at TSU from 1980-83, Dent finished with 158 tackles and once held the career sack record for more than a decade with 39.
In 1983, he was drafted in the eighth round, 203rd pick, of the NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. In 1985, he helped lead the Bears to a Super Bowl XX win over the New England Patriots garnering MVP honors.
In 15 seasons in the NFL he recorded 137.5 sacks. At the time of his retirement, he was third all time behind Reggie White and Bruce Smith. Additional career statistics - including seasons with the San Francisco 49ers (1994), Indianapolis Colts (1996), and Philadelphia Eagles (1997) - include eight interceptions, a safety, and fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Four times he was named first or second team All-Pro, five times All NFC, and selected to play in four Pro Bowls (1985, 1986, 1991, and 1994).
Inductees will be honored at the Sixth Annual Black College Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony, Presented by the Atlanta Falcons. The event will take place at the recently opened College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia on February 28, 2015. For more information please visit www.BlackCollegeFootballHOF.org.
The Black College Football Hall of Fame was established in October 2009 to honor the greatest football players and coaches from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Its trustees are football legends Mel Blount, James Harris, Willie Lanier, Art Shell and Doug Williams. The Black College Football Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Shack Harris & Doug Williams Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization.