Bears honor Ditka with last retired jersey

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Former Chicago Bears Hall of Fame tight end and Super Bowl winning coach Mike Ditka will be honored as the club’s last retired jersey. The Bears announced that number “89” will join the 13 other jerseys that the team has taken out of use. The number will officially be retired during halftime of the Bears December 9 Monday Night Football game versus the Dallas Cowboys.

Bears Chairman George McCaskey said the choice of Ditka was an easy one. “Mike Ditka embodies the spirit of everything the Bears are about. He’s an icon. The last time we won the championship Mike Ditka was our coach and the last time we won before that Mike Ditka was a player. The organization knew it was the right thing to do.

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“He revolutionized the tight end position as a player and grabbed an entire franchise by the throat as a head coach and willed it to victory in the Super Bowl. We have more retired numbers than any other team in the NFL. After this, we do not intend to retire any more numbers but we thought if there is going to be a last one, there is no more appropriate one than 89.”

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