Mike Ditka Through The Years

As the Bears prepare to retire Ditka's jersey, we look at the life and evolution of a legend.

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The Chicago Bears will retire the jersey of former player and head coach Mike Ditka during their Monday game against the Cowboys. As the team prepares to honor him, let's look at the life and legacy of the man himself.
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1982: Ditka looks on during a Bears' practice as head coach.
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1986: Ditka answers questions at a press conference prior to the Bears' Super Bowl XX game against the New England Patriots. The Bears won 46-10.
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1986: Ditka during Super Bowl XX.
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1987: Ditka stands on the sidelines with running back Walter Payton #34 and assistant coaches Johnny Roland and Vince Tobin.
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1988: Ditka yells at referees as they decide where to spot the ball.
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1990: Ditka watches his team from a golf cart during the Bears' training camp.
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1997: Ditka coaches the New Orleans Saints during a 18-16 preseason loss to the Oakland Raiders.
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1999: Ditka yells at side judge Larry Rose during a Saints game against the St. Louis Rams.
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2005: Ditka talks to WFAN Radio after the Steelers' Jerome Bettis won the Levitra Play of the Year award.
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2006: Ditka on ESPN's Primetime.
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2007: Following a congressional hearing on the National Football League's system for compensating retired players, Ditka is hugged after testifying by former player Brent Boyd in Washington, DC.
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2009: Ditka drops the puck for the ceremonial face off between the Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews and Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames during the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
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2011: Ditka presents President Obama with a team jersey, while flanked by defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan and other members of the the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears.
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2012: Ditka tees off to begin the first-ever Rivalry Cup, a golf competition between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears.
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