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NFL: Mike Ditka’s No. 89 Bears Jersey Retired

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What motivation to win the game: Mike Ditka!  Last night during Monday Night Football as the Bears took on the Cowboys, Ditka was honored by getting his Bears jersey retired.  Ditka is an icon.  I lived in Chicago for years & everyone loves Da Coach.

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Via ESPN:

There will never be another Mike Ditka, a football coach who became a cultural force of nature, and now there will never be another No. 89 for the Chicago Bears.

Ditka, who won an NFL championship as a tight end for George Halas in 1963 and coached the Bears to a Super Bowl in 1985, finally got his jersey retired Monday night in a halftime ceremony in a game against his other franchise, the Dallas Cowboys.

“I think Mr. Halas would approve,” he said in a news conference.

Without a hat to cover his trademark mane of hair, Ditka shivered through a brief ceremony in the frigid cold — the wind chill was minus-9 degrees at the start of the game — that included his Hall of Fame bust and a Super Bowl trophy. He ended it by saying, “Thank you, thank you, thank you,” and with a thrust of his fist, “Go Bears!”

After that was over, Ditka came into the Bears news conference room with a clear message.

 

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