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).
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.