Ditka at Eagles training camp, 1967. He was often hurt and never started in two seasons. | AP
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Chicago Bears and Mike Ditka (89) assumes a herinontal position as he snares a second quarter pass and is hit at same time by Los Angeles Rams defensive back Carver Shannon at Chicago's Wrigley Field Nov.10.
Mike Ditka signs an iconic photo of him giving a one-finger salute for
Dave Allen, of Kenosha, Wis. Allen arrived at noon Wednesday for Ditka's appearance at Binny's in Evergreen Park. He was first in line. | Steve
Chicago Bears' coach Mike Ditka watches the team work out during their three-day mini-camp last week in Lake Forest, III. Ditka says he has set the higher goals "possible for the Bears this season.
8-25-2000 The Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Chicago Cubs 5-3 in the first game of a double-header at Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon. Former Bears coach Mike Ditka throws out the first pitch. (Photo by Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times) digital image # 00-08-419
Mike Ditka testifies in 2007 on Capitol Hill about the NFL’s system of compensation for retired players. | AP
Former Chicago Bears player and head coach Mike Ditka sings the seventh inning stretch during the Chicago Cubs game against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, June 18, 2002 in Chicago. The Cubs won 4-3. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)
Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka and his wife, Diana, get cheers from the crowd as they ride in a limousine during a tickertape parade for the team in downtown Chicago, Jan. 27, 1986. More than 100,000 people braved the near-zero temperature to see the team celebrate the Super Bowl victory. (AP Photo/Mark Elias)
Chicago Bears' coach Mike Ditka lights up a cigar following team meeting 1/11. The Bears meet the Los Angeles Rams 1/12 for the NFC championship with the winner going to the Super Bowl.
7-13-2004 Copy photo of Mike Ditka as a Chicago Bear's Player, (Circa, 1963).
Mike Ditka and Will Ferrell enter the cutthroat world of little league soccer coaching in the comedy "Kicking and Screaming"
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Chicago Bear head coach Mike Ditka, talks to President Ronald Reagan after Super Bowl XX in New Orleans on Sunday, Jan. 27, 1986 in New Orleans. Ditka got the congratulations while Berry received condolences. The Bears won 46-10. (AP Photo)
Dallas coach Tom Landry talks with quarterback Roger Staubach (12) and tight end Mike Ditka on the sidelines, Jan. 17, 1972, during the Super Bowl game with Miami in New Orleans. Dallas won 24-3. (AP Photo)
Mike Ditka at a Lake Forest workout in 1982. | Sun-Times Media
5-13-08 Mike Ditka joined other football greats to announce a new medical plan for Gridiron Greats, an organization to assist retired NFL players with costs associated to dehabilitating injuries from their football careers, Tuesday morning at Ditka's on Chestnut. photo by Jean Lachat/Sun-Times
Mike Ditka and Pat Pappas of Oak Brook
UNIVERSAL CITY - MAY 1: Coach Mike Ditka arrives at the premiere of "Kicking and Screaming" at Universal City Walk on May 1, 2005 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mike Ditka
10-25-07 Ditka's restaurant, Oakbrook Terrace......"Ditkaween" Mike Ditka lookalike contest on ESPN am1000 "Waddle and Silvy" show......Contest winner Don Feuling (left) meets the real Ditka.........Rich Hein/Sun-Times
Former Chicago Bears and New Orleans saints coach Mike Ditka tees off on the second green at Juday Creek Golf Couse in Granger, Ind., Wednesday, May 24, 2000 during a celebrity golf outing to benefit Indiana's St. Joseph County Special Olympics. (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, Barbara Allison)
Mike Ditka and his wife, Diana, in 1998. | Heinz Kluetmeier~Sports Illustrated