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Gilliam likely to present Dent at Hall of Fame induction

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

Richard Dent has narrowed his list of candidates to present him at his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio, in August to two, and former coach Mike Ditka and former defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan didn’t make the cut.

The Bears’ all-time sack leader said his daughter Mary or former Tennessee State coach Joe Gilliam Sr. will do the honors.

Dent was one of seven players elected to the Class of 2011 on Saturday.

‘‘It’s probably going to be [Gilliam], but I have to figure out something with my daughter,’’ the ex-defensive end said during a news conference Wednesday at Halas Hall.

The MVP of Super Bowl XX addressed several other topics during a 40-minute question-and-answer session.

On his long wait: ‘‘It’s a relief because it has been some time, but I always felt you can’t pluck a star from the sky. It can be cloudy, but sooner or later, you have to shine. This is my shining moment.’’

On practicing against Jimbo Covert: ‘‘Jimbo made my games easy. I knew I wasn’t going to face a better guy.’’

On Covert’s Hall of Fame credentials: ‘‘Jimbo was the best I ever faced. He was a guy who made me feel nervous. I was just glad he was on my team.’’

On post-career honors: ‘‘This is the first award from my career, and, baby, it doesn’t get better than this.’’

On spending the bulk of his career in the NFC Central: ‘‘Playing in the NFC Central, the old black-and-blue division, people really didn’t throw the ball. . . . It wasn’t the NFC East, where they threw the ball a lot, or the NFC West, where they threw the ball a lot. I could’ve gotten more opportunities, but you have to take advantage of what’s there.’’

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