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Bears to retire Ditka's No. 89

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04:18 PM ET 05.24 | Mike Ditka's playing days are less well-known than his coaching days, but the Chicago Bears will retire the No. 89 jersey he wore with the team as a tight end during the 1960's, per ChicagoBears.com. Ditka, who became a mustached, sunglasses-wearing folk hero in Chicago for coaching the 1985 Bears to a Super Bowl, hasn't been on the best of terms with the team since being fired in 1992. But they appear interested in making amends with the Hall of Famer, beginning with the ceremony scheduled to be held during a Monday Night Football game against the Cowboys -- where Ditka also played and began his coaching career -- on Dec. 9.

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Mike Ditka of the Chicago Bears in the 1963 season, Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports Mike Ditka of the Chicago Bears in the 1963 season, Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
May 24, 2013  04:21 PM ET

DA COACH!

May 24, 2013  04:24 PM ET

About time. Well deserved.

May 24, 2013  04:48 PM ET

Look for the Urlacher ceremony in 2058 or so... McCaskey ownership usually needs the player to soften up for about 40+ years before they are willing to come back on their turf.

May 24, 2013  04:57 PM ET

What the he'll took them so long?

May 24, 2013  05:22 PM ET

Silly me, I thought they had done it already.

May 24, 2013  06:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

What the he'll took them so long?

Good question. He was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1988, a couple of seasons after they won the Super Bowl, and he was still coaching there until right after the 1992 season. I'm still surprised they didn't do it back in '88.

May 24, 2013  06:28 PM ET

It's about time they honor the man!

Da Bears!

 
May 25, 2013  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

What the he'll took them so long?

George McCaskey wasn't running the team. He seems to be the only McCaskey that has a head on his shoulders.

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