Mike Ditka returns to the city that made him famous and had a talk with the Chicago Bears players, a number of whom had never seen the man coach football. According to Fox Sports on Aug. 21, it was new head coach Marc Trestman that asked him to come.
While some of the players only knew about Mike Ditka from history lessons and pop culture references like "Saturday Night Live" sketches, everyone knew how important the man was to the Chicago Bears franchise.
Ditka played for the Bears from 1961-1966 and then coached them from 1982-1992. In his 11 years as their head coach, he compiled a 106-62 record, including a 15-1 season in 1985, one that some consider the greatest defensive unit of all time.
From 1984-1988, Ditka compiled a 62-17 record, winning the Super Bowl in the 1985 season. Since Ditka left, the Bears have won only one conference championship (2006) and four division championships in 20 seasons.
So, when Mike Ditka returns to Chicago for the first time since 1992, what did he have to say? According to quarterback Jay Cutler, he echoed much of what Coach Trestman preaches to his team, as the common thread is that both men have won championships and know what the game is all about.