Dent hopeful this is the year for HOF nod

Updated: February 5, 2010, 1:53 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

Richard Dent's life could change on Saturday as the Hall of Fame selection committee considers his candidacy, but Dent won't be glued to his phone.

This is the sixth time in the last seven years that Dent, the former Chicago Bears great defensive end, is a finalist for the Hall.

"After being through this six or seven times, I'm just taking it as a day," Dent said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "Obviously, you look forward to the call -- hopeful.

"It's one of those things for me, I say if it doesn't happen today, it will happen sometime. More important than all, I had a chance to change my mother's life, she passed in 1989. So many people in your life, from players to friends to coaches, people who gave you a good outlook on life itself, you want to say thanks to those people.

"I just pray I'm able to do that with a guy like [former Tennessee A&I State defensive coordinator] Joe Gilliam, who sent so many football players to the pros in the '50s and '60s."

Dent believe if he doesn't get the call on Saturday, it will happen eventually.

"It's all about the amount of time," he said. "Sooner or later, it has to come around. If it takes place tomorrow, great. If not, you have to go forward the next time.

"It would mean a lot. It definitely would mean a lot to the people who were in my life. For me, it's about telling a whole bunch of people thanks."

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