By Paul Roumeliotis
Mike Ditka will spend a cold Monday night seeing his No. 89 retired at halftime against the Cowboys.
Ed Sherman had a Q/A session with Ditka and here's what Da Coach had to say about his number retirement.
"It’s such a great honor," he said. "When you look at the players who have had their numbers retired, it’s pretty significant when you start talking about those guys. It doesn’t change the pleasure and joy that I’ve had about being a Bear player and a coach.
"Being part of the Halas Bears and then creating our little run in the 80s. It doesn’t change that. Even if they didn’t do anything, it wouldn’t change all that. It’s a wonderful honor. I’m going to enjoy it on Monday. Then I won’t think about it too much."
After his playing career, Ditka became a coach, broadcaster, and is currently an analyst. Since 2004, he has been a member of the ESPN crew for NFL Live and Sunday Night Countdown.
But after having the gig as an analyst for 20 years, Ditka's career might be winding down, especially after his response if he thought he'd do it this long.
"No, I didn’t," he said. "I think the opportunity came up. It was a great opportunity. I enjoy it. I’m very appreciative. I think it’s coming to an end now. I’m getting a little too old for all this traveling."