Dennis Gentry
No. 29
Position:Running back,
Return specialist
Personal information
Born: (1959-02-10) February 10, 1959 (age 63)
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 highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:2,076
Return yards:4,353
Player stats at · PFR

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.

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.