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Dennis Louis Gentry (born February 10, 1959) is a former professional American football player who 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.

Dennis Gentry
No. 29
Position:Running Back
Personal information
Born: (1959-02-10) February 10, 1959 (age 60)
Lubbock, Texas
Height:5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight:173 lb (78 kg)
Career information
High school:Lubbock (TX) Dunbar
NFL Draft:1982 / Round: 4 / Pick: 89
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:2,076
Return yards:4,353
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

In 2001, he was the running backs coach for the XFL's Chicago Enforcers until the league folded.[1][2] Later that year he was hired as a BLESTO regional scout for the Detroit Lions until 2011.[3]

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, and is currently ranked third in return yardage (4,353) for the Bears. Dennis is also tied for the club's all-time kick returns with 192.[4] In 1986, he led the NFL with a 28.8-yards-per-return average.


  1. ^ "Dennis Gentry RB Coach". Offensive Backfield Coach. Archived from the original on 5 January 2009. Retrieved 13 December 2009.
  2. ^ "XFL folds after disappointing first season". Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Kelleher Replaces Dennis Gentry". Contract Not Renewed. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Chicago Bears Kick & Punt Returns Career Register". Retrieved 21 September 2012.