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Saturday, July 27th, 2024

at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
For table sponsorship info: Call David Thetford – 806-777-0677
or send an email request to: [email protected]

Dennis Gentry

Class of 2011

Dennis Gentry | 1975-1977 | Dunbar High School | Football

Dennis Gentry played football at Dunbar High School from 1975-1977. Gentry was selected as All District and All South Plains as a running back. He accepted a football scholarship to Baylor in 1978 and played for the Bears from 1978-1982.

He was selected by the Chicago Bears in the 4th round of the 1982 NFL Draft. He spent his entire 11-year NFL career with the Bears from 1982 to 1992, and was a part of the Bears team that was victorious in Super Bowl XX versus the New England Patriots.

He was also a member of the “Chicago Bears Shufflin’ Crew” in the video “The Super Bowl Shuffle,” which featured him pantomiming on the bass.

In 2001 he was the running backs coach for the XFL’s Chicago Enforcers. Gentry finished his career with 171 receptions for 2,076 yards and seven touchdowns. He also rushed for 764 yards and five touchdowns. But his main contribution came as a kick returner on special teams. Gentry finished his 11 NFL seasons as the Bears second all-time-leading kick returner, with 4,353 yards and three touchdowns. In 1986, he led the NFL with a 28.8-yards-per-return average.

He is currently a scout for the Detroit Lions.
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