Dent's 'proud papa' saw potential

Tobin's discovery of skinny kid from small school paid off with a Hall of Fame career

Updated: February 9, 2011, 7:54 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- When the fifth round of the 1983 NFL draft rolled around, George Halas pushed his chair back and went to lunch, taking his general manager Jim Finks, his son-in-law Ed McCaskey and Finks' assistant Bill McGrane along with him.

The Bears traded their fifth-, sixth- and seventh-round picks away that year, so it was a natural break for the team's braintrust. But the Bears' scouting department, which consisted of pro scout Bill Tobin and college scout Jim Parmer, remained ...

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