Dan Hampton snubs Obama’s White House invitation to ‘85 Bears
STAFF REPORT September 29, 2011 10:54AM
Former Chicago Bears great Dan Hampton poses with his bust after his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2002. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
Updated: September 29, 2011 11:14AM
Bears’ Hall of Famer Dan Hampton is not a big fan of President Obama.
Hampton has decided he will not attend the President’s White House celebration on Oct. 7 honoring the 1985 Super Bowl Champs.
“It’s my own personal choice,” Hampton told “The Mully and Hanley Show” on WSCR earlier in the week. “I’m not a fan of the guy in the White House, and, hey, it was 25 years ago. Let it go.”
Obama, a Bears fan himself, extended an invite to the ‘85 Bears to make up for the celebration they never had. The Bears’ White House trip under President Reagan in 1986 was canceled when the space shuttle Challenger exploded two days after the Super Bowl.
Hampton was also upset that family members weren’t invited.
“No family, no kids,” he told Mully and Hanley. “How do you go to the White House, and you tell your kids and your wife, ‘Oh, well, I’m sorry. You’re not invited.’ It doesn’t matter for you.”
Hampton’s old coach, Mike Ditka, has vastly different feelings about the invitation.
“I’ll be happy to go — I’m excited to go, the Bears are excited to go,” Ditka told ESPN radio last week. “It’s going to be a nice deal to be recognized and have the country say, these guys were good football players — these old guys were pretty good.”
However, Ditka did have one regret: “The shame about this thing is that Walter won’t be there,” Ditka told ESPN. “That’s the shame of this thing.”