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With his team record 137½ sacks, Richard "The Sackman" Dent has "bent" more opposing team quarterbacks than any other Chicago Bear in the franchise's 93-year history.
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Dent book signings
Richard Dent will be appearing at suburban stores to sign copies of his book "Blood, Sweat & Bears: Putting a 'Dent' in the Game I Love," written with Fred Mitchell and published by Ascend Books.
Friday, Dec. 7: 10:30 a.m. until noon at Costco, 2900 Patriot Blvd., Glenview.
Saturday, Dec. 8: 2 to 3 p.m. at Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville.
The lightning-quick 6-foot-5, 265-pound defensive end badgered, battered, bruised and brutalized a bevy of quarterbacks during a 15-year NFL career that earned him a Super Bowl Most Valuable Player trophy and a bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
"Be careful. It's broken. I'm sorry," Dents says as he hands over his MVP award.
The silver football atop the trophy came loose a while ago, but Dent cradles it easily in the same massive hands that blocked a pass, forced two fumbles and were part of a couple of sacks during the Bears 46-10 Super Bowl XX victory over the New England Patriots.
That award, his Hall of Fame bust and dozens of photographs, trophies and other trophies fill a dark, wood-paneled room off the foyer of the grand home in a gated community in Long Grove where Dent lives with his longtime girlfriend DeEtta Jones and sons, R.J., 7, and Shiloh, 4.
The accommodating Dent talks about his glory years, football, his new book "Blood, Sweat & Bears: Putting a 'Dent' in the Game I Love," the devastating hits he delivered, his many issues with coach Mike Ditka, his fellow Monsters of the Midway, football-related injuries and the recent attention paid to concussions that have knocked the Bears' Devin Hester, Jay Cutler and Shea McClellin out of games this season.
But if you didn't know what he used to do for a living, you might think Dent ran an art gallery.
"I was a commercial art major in college," says Dent, who still expresses a strong fondness for Tennessee State University, the small historically black school in Nashville where he became a college football legend. Dent's home is filled with paintings and pieces of sculpture, many of them created by African-American artists. Some depict life in the South, where Dent grew up with three older brothers, three younger brothers and a sister.