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Bears add Dent to staff

CHICAGO, April 9 (UPI) -- Richard Dent, the Chicago Bears' all-time sacks leader, and MVP of Super Bowl XX, has been hired by the team as an assistant defensive line coach.

Dent agreed to a one-year deal at undisclosed terms, and will work with Bears defensive line coach Larry Brooks on formulating the pass rush.

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"When I came to Chicago, watching (Dan) Hampton, (Steve) McMichael, Jim Osborne, Mike Hartenstine, I can remember moving so much and flying by guys, and they were asking me why I'm not doing this, why I'm not doing that," Dent, who was on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time this past year, told the Chicago Sun-Times. "Three or four years later, I had to start listening to those guys a little bit more. I've had a chance to work with a lot of great ballplayers, and I'm like a sponge. I soak up information very, very well and put it into my portfolio, and that's what I'm looking to offer here to bring out some of the things I know."

The four-time Pro Bowler spent 12 years with the Bears, and finished his career with 137 1/2 sacks, 124 1/2 of which came with Chicago. He recorded double digits in sacks every year from 1984-88.

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Dent had 1 1/2 of the Bears' seven sacks in a 46-10 win over the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl following the 1985 season.

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