Dennis Gentry
No. 29
Position:Running back,
Return specialist
Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1959-02-10) February 10, 1959 (age 65)
Lubbock, Texas, U.S.
Height:5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight:173 lb (78 kg)
Career information
High school:Dunbar (Lubbock)
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 an American former professional football player for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Baylor Bears. He was selected by the Chicago Bears in the fourth round of the 1982 NFL Draft. He spent his entire 11-year NFL career with Chicago from 1982 to 1992, and was a part of the Bears team that was victorious in Super Bowl XX versus the New England Patriots.[1] 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.[2][3] Later that year he was hired as a BLESTO regional scout for the Detroit Lions until 2011.[4]

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.[5] In 1986, he led the NFL with a 28.8-yards-per-return average.


  1. ^ "Bears Trounce Patriots, 46-10, in Super Bowl". Los Angeles Times. January 27, 1986. Retrieved October 31, 2023.
  2. ^ "Dennis Gentry RB Coach". Offensive Backfield Coach. Archived from the original on January 5, 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2009.
  3. ^ "XFL folds after disappointing first season". Archived from the original on October 23, 2013. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  4. ^ "Kelleher Replaces Dennis Gentry". Contract Not Renewed. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  5. ^ "Chicago Bears Kick & Punt Returns Career Register". Retrieved September 21, 2012.