Richard Dent has to keep on waiting.
The former Bears defensive end was not elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday evening for the eighth time. This year's class hasn't been announced yet, but Dent won't be among the inductees.
According to Hall of Fame voter Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dent was eliminated in the cutdown from 10 to five, along with Cris Carter, Shannon Sharpe, Andre Reed and Cortez Kennedy.
Dent's old head coach certainly thinks he belongs.
"What makes any Hall of Fame football player?" Bears coach Mike Ditka said Friday night. "I think he made the game better by playing. He made our team better by winning. He made the people around him better.
"He was a force to be reckoned with every time he stepped on the field."
When he retired in 1997, Dent's 137.5 career sacks trailed only Bruce Smith (200.0) and Reggie White (198.0) among defensive ends. But the decorated Dent - he was a four-time Pro Bowl selection - was one of only six defensive players ever to be named a Super Bowl MVP.
In Super Bowl XX, Dent had three tackles, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. In the NFC Divisonal playoff game against the New York Giants, Dent had seven tackles, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.