Legendary TSU coach to present Dent at Hall of Fame induction

Monday, July 11, 2011 at 11:51am
Staff reports

Former Tennessee State coach Joe Gilliam will present Richard Dent for induction at the Pro Football Hall of Fame during the next month’s ceremony.

Gilliam was Dent’s defensive coordinator during the defensive end’s days at the school. He later served as head coach following the retirement of legendary coach John Merritt.

Gilliam was the Ohio Valley Conference coach of the year in 1990 and was inducted, himself, into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.

Dent is the first former TSU player to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Other notables who played under Gilliam and the school includ Ed “Too Tall” Jones and Claude Humphrey. His son, the legendary “Jefferson Street” Joe Gilliam played in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Dent is one of six who will be inducted this year and credits Gilliam for developing his football and life skills.

He played 203 games for four franchises over 15 seasons after being selected in the eighth round in 2003 by the Chicago Bears. He led the NFC with 17.5 sacks in 1984 and retired with 137.5, which was the third-highest total at the time. He was named MVP of Super Bowl XX after he made three tackles with 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass defensed. He was named first- or second-team All-Pro four times.

Other presenters are as follows: Former NFL player and current broadcaster Sterling Sharpe will present his brother, Shannon Sharpe; agent Rocky Arceneaux will present Marshall Faulk; agent Eugene Parker will present Deion Sanders; Chris Hanburger will be presented by his son, Chris; Les Richter will be presented posthumously by his son, Jon Richter.

The enshrinement ceremony takes place at 6 p.m. (CDT) Aug. 6 and will be broadcast live by ESPN and the NFL Network.