Ditka on retiring No. 89: Great honor, but not necessary

Ditka on retiring No. 89: Great honor, but not necessary
December 9, 2013, 11:30 am
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Mike Ditka sat down with Comcast SportsNet and talked about the Bears retiring his number tonight, and while the legendary former coach and player is honored and humbled by what's to come at Soldier Field this evening, he says it's nothing necessary.

"It's a great honor, it really is, but it's not necessary," he said. "I really mean that. It doens't change the fact that I had a career with the Bears as a player and a coach. That was special to me. My six years with the Bears under Coach Halas were special. I enjoyed every minute of it and when I left, I left.

"I was fortunate enough I went down to Dallas and spent four years there. The irony is that Dallas is playing Chicago — the two teams that meant most in my life. So to have the number retired is a great thing. And when George (McCaskey) called and told me I said, 'It's a great honor,' and it really is. I'm humbled by it. But it wouldn't change who I am... I'm still the same guy... Nobody can take away the enjoyment I had of playing for the Bears."

Watch the video above as Ditka discusses Monday's ceremony further.