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He was the main pass rusher on the overpowering Chicago defense that rampaged through the NFL in 1985, winning Super Bowl MVP honors for his performance in the 46-10 victory over New England. An eighth-round choice from Tennessee State, Dent had 10 or more sacks in eight seasons and twice had 4 1/2-sack games. He also was adept at stopping the run.

“The thing about Richard was he really made himself what he became,” said Mike Ditka, the Bears coach in ‘85.

Nicknamed “The Hangman,” Hanburger stood out for one violent move he practically patented in 14 seasons with Washington: the clothesline tackle, which eventually was outlawed.

Chosen by the senior committee, Hanburger left the game in 1978, never winning a championship. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t a standout, with coach George Allen allowing the linebacker to call defenses. And Allen had some intricate schemes.

“It was a lot of fun to control the game right there on the field,” Hanburger said. “We could audiblize at any time and we could audiblize to any defense we had, whether we had practiced it or not. When you have mature players, it takes a lot of pressure off the coach.”

Richter, also chosen by the senior committee, died last year. He played linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams from 1954-62. They traded 11 players for him and waited two years while he was in the military before he suited up. He made the wait worthwhile, going to eight straight Pro Bowls. He also was a center and kicker.

Sabol is the founder of NFL Films, an organization that has changed the way the game has been viewed. Considered a pioneer in use of multiple cameras and slow motion to depict the intensity, speed and violence of the sport, Sabol began his association with the NFL in 1962 when he filmed the league’s championship game.

There will be no Hall of Fame game this year because of the recently concluded lockout. The lack of a game has hurt ticket sales for the inductions, with about 12,000 fans expected. Last year, there were more than 19,000.