Today’s NFL Moves Ditka to Tears

Artist's rendering of Da Coach crying all the way to the bank.

When I was a little kid, my parents would tell me that it wasn’t raining, it was God crying.  Well, it wasn’t a passing rain shower in Chicago recently.  Instead, Da Coach was moved to tears when discussing today’s NFL in a recent Sports Illustrated interview with Jeff Pearlman:

A couple of weeks ago, as I was interviewing him for a book project, Mike Ditka looked me in the eye and began to cry.

He was talking about loyalty; about football in 2010 and how nobody who plays the game and nobody who coaches the game and nobody who owns a team exercises even the slightest bit of honor. “It’s all gone,” he said. “Completely gone. Replaced by selfishness and greed.” The two of us were sitting at a table in Ditka’s eponymous Chicago steakhouse. He chugged one cup of coffee after another. His eyes — those famously scowled eyes — moistened and morphed into the color of cherry tomatoes. One almost wanted to give him a hug. “I will never coach again,” Ditka said. “I don’t want to, but I wouldn’t even if I did. It’s not the same game that I love.”

Coach, we all love you, but it comes to greed, you should be careful not to bite the hand that feeds you.  There isn’t a product out there that you wouldn’t put your mustache caricature on.  You have become a brand unto yourself, riding the wave of a single Super Bowl title 25 years ago and a legion of die-hard fans to a career as a pitchman and analyst.   The same big business that the NFL has become has led you to your endorsement empire.  You can cry yourself all the way to the bank!

Topics: Mike Ditka, Mike Ditka Cries

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  • City

    Oh Puhlease!

    Where was Ditka’s “honor” when he called the strike team of ’87 “his guys”, meaning he turned his back on Singletary, Hampton, McMichael and the rest of the Super Bowl Champs?

    And, when was the last time he said “no, I won’t endorse that worthless product because I hold my honor in such high regard that it would tarnish my image, the NFL, and the city of Chicago”? {Oooh, look! Benjamin Franklin… I’m in!”}

    What a hypocrite!

    • george pross

      And the band plays on.

  • Rudy

    will thanks to ditka and the 85 Bears Chicago gots a sb win but how could he say the game is not the same when he traded all the saints draft pick for 1 guy.(ricky Williams)coach you should know better 1 guy cant make a team to a winner it takes more like your draft picks.coach thanks for coaching the Bears to a sb win.Go Bears