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Ditka’s No. 89 jersey to be retired tonight

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Mike Ditka is getting a long overdue honor: The Chicago Bears will officially retire his No. 89 jersey Monday night.

It’ll happen at halftime during their game against the Dallas Cowboys at Soldier Field.

Ditka won Super Bowls as a player with both the Bears in 1963, and with the Cowboys in 1971.

As head coach, Ditka was responsible for the Bears’ 1985 Super Bowl win.

He is the 14th Bear to have his number retired, and probably the most overdue, 25 years after being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Additionally, Gov. Pat Quinn proclaimed December 9 as “Mike Ditka Day” in Illinois in honor of the Bears’ retiring his jersey number.

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7 Comments to “Ditka’s No. 89 jersey to be retired tonight”

    Chris "Nelly" Nelson said:
    December 8, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Congrats coach! I'm sure Papa Bear would be proud of you, I know we are! Thank you for being a Bear through and through!

    keeping real said:
    December 9, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Da Coach!!! congrats!!!

    Ditka can't coach said:
    December 9, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Ditka is a jealous prink. He only won 1 championship with the players he had he should have won more.

    mini ditka said:
    December 9, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    It is high time….my friend…to bestow honors on a certain former coach with mustache and peak.

    Vince said:
    December 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    The Super Bowl didn't exist in 1963.

    Mike said:
    December 9, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    I'm am surprised it's taken this long to retire Iron Mike's #

    Go Broncos!!!!!!!

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