• Bears to retire Mike Ditka’s number in December

    Summary of 10 articles · Updated May 25, 2013
    • Four downs with Ditka

      1. When you were growing up, did you ever imagine an honor like this? When you’re growing up, you don’t think about things like this or the Hall of Fame. You think about playing football, the game you love. The things that happened to me are really un
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    • In Bears’ world, 99 won’t come after 89

      Hall of Famer Dan Hampton doesn’t mind seeing defensive end Shea McClellin with his old No. 99 on his back. To him, it’s actually cool. “A number of players have worn [No. 99],” Hampton said. “It’s not like it’s a shock to see it on the fiel
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    • Mike Ditka on having No. 89 retired: ‘a culmination of all your dreams’

      “This is a culmination of all you efforts, all your ambitions and all your dreams,” Mike Ditka told the Sun-Times about getting his No. 89 retired by the Bears. “When you’re growing up you don’t think about things like this or the Hall of Fame.
      Source: suntimes.com
    • Ditka credits George McCaskey for peace

      Mike Ditka's final season as a player for the Chicago Bears was in 1966. His last season as their coach was 1992. So why did it take 47 years after his departure as a player, and 21 years after his final season as the coach, to retire the number of one …
      Source: ESPN.com
    • BBAO: Bears to retire Da Number 89

      We're Black and Blue All Over: Thursday, we broached the topic of whether the Chicago Bears would retire the number of middle linebacker Brian Urlacher. As it turns out, the team is dealing with a backlog on that issue. Almost a half-century after playi…
      Source: ESPN.com

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