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Bears won't retire any more numbers after Mike Ditka's

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01:18 PM ET 05.25 | The Chicago Bears have stated they plan to retire Mike Ditka's legendary No. 89 this December during a Monday night game against the Dallas Cowboys, and this will be the last number to receive that honor, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Bears have decreed there will be no more retired numbers. The timing of the announcement has struck some as odd, considering one of the greatest players ever to wear cleats for Chicago, Brian Urlacher, decided to retire this week. No team has retired more numbers than Chicago, with Ditka's being the 14th. The Bears have a funny history with retired numbers. Dick Butkus' No. 51 wasn't retired until well after he retired, and George Halas' No. 7 was brought out of retirement for quarterback Bob Avellini, a forgettable player from the 1970s. Urlacher will always be remembered in the Windy City as No. 54, but he probably won't be the last one to wear it.

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May 25, 2013  01:36 PM ET

Retiring numbers is dumb. Only lazy reporters and overly sentimental fans try to draw comparisons by jersey numbers.

May 25, 2013  05:42 PM ET

It's the Bears way of letting Jay Cutler know his number will forever be used over and over and over....

May 25, 2013  05:55 PM ET

The way they have been playing, they won't have to!!!

May 25, 2013  05:59 PM ET
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Retiring numbers is dumb. Only lazy reporters and overly sentimental fans try to draw comparisons by jersey numbers.

People from El Paso don't understand, they don't have a Football Team and maybe, just maybe some day LT might come back and put on Number 56! it might be in Jail but he Judy might come back and no one else can wear his number, Now isn't that Nice!!!

May 25, 2013  05:59 PM ET
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Soon, they'll have to use decimals.

Cowboys and Redskins have it right. Ring of Honor to honor retired players.

May 25, 2013  06:01 PM ET

Skins only retired Sammy Baugh's.

Greatest 3 way player. QB,DB,PK



Hail to the Redskins!!

 
May 26, 2013  12:24 PM ET

Ditto the dumb. You have 99 useable numbers and you bring 90 players into camp. Denver also uses the ring of honor.

I like Ditka, but his number shouldn't be retired.

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