Gov. Quinn declares 'Mike Ditka Day'
Mike Ditka (George Gojkovich/Getty)
Mike Ditka (George Gojkovich/Getty)
Posted Dec 9, 2013

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has declared today 'Mike Ditka Day' in honor of the former Bears head coach, who is the only coach to bring a Super Bowl title to Chicago.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — It's Ditka Day in Illinois.

Gov. Pat Quinn's office says Monday that he's declared it "Mike Ditka Day" in honor of the former Chicago Bears player and football coach whose jersey is being retired.

The Hall of Famer's No. 89 is being retired during a halftime ceremony Monday night when the Bears host the Dallas Cowboys.

Ditka is the 14th Bear to have his number retired by the team.

In a statement, Quinn calls Ditka "the best tight end of all time." And he says "Da Coach" ''molded and guided arguably the best football team," referring to the 1985 Super Bowl champs.

Ditka was drafted by the Bears in 1961 and played for the team through 1966. He returned to coach from 1982 until 1992.

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