He wasn't supposed to wear the 89 that will be immortalized Monday night, more than a half-century after he first pulled the Bears jersey over his crew cut. When Mike Ditka arrived at Wrigley Field in May 1961, he was handed No. 82. Another Bears

Jan 31, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Mike Ditka during the ESPN analysts press conference at the New Orleans Convention Center in preparation for Super Bowl.

Tonight the Chicago Bears will retire jersey number 89, and many of us Chicago fans will rejoice as the heavens open up while the Angels themselves sing Hallelujah followed by an encore of Super Bowl Shuffle. Da Coach's 

The crowd at Soldier Field Monday night roared as Mike Ditka was introduced for his jersey retirement ceremony. The ceremony took place during halftime at the Chicago Bears/Dallas Cowboys game.

It was Mike Ditka's day in Illinois — and his night at Soldier Field. Gov. Pat Quinn's office said Monday that he's declared it "Mike Ditka Day" in honor of the former Chicago Bears player and Super Bowl-winning coach whose jersey was retired. The

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