Richard Dent ponders HOF induction
It's between Dent's daughter Mary, who took the phone call and broke the news to her father that he made it after missing six times, and Dent's college coach Joe Gilliam Sr.
Gilliam was the Tennessee State head coach from 1989-92 after serving as defensive coordinator.
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"[Gilliam] coached at Tennessee State for many years and sent about 155 guys to the NFL," Dent said on "The Afternoon Saloon" on ESPN 1000. "This is [Tennessee State's] 100th year of existence, and for me to be their first Hall of Famer ...
"So many people came through that institution over the years and paved ways and made things available for a guy like myself and many others, I take that very seriously."
After the radio interview, Dent said his daughter also is interested in presenting her father into the Hall.