Singletary: Ditka all about hard work and fundamentals

Singletary: Ditka all about hard work and fundamentals
December 8, 2013, 1:45 pm
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Former Bears linebacker Mike Singletary respects Mike Ditka’s passion.

With the Bears set to retire No. 89 at halftime of Monday’s game vs. the Dallas Cowboys, Comcast SportsNet caught up with Singletary at Vikings practice in Minneapolis to discuss Ditka's passionate years in the Windy City.

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The current linebackers/assistant head coach for the Vikings shared many thoughts on his former Super Bowl-winning coach.

“For me, when I think about Coach Ditka, I love him, he’s crazy, he’s funny, he’s a lot of different things, but if he’s going to be wrong, he’s going to be 100 percent wrong,” Singletary said. “He knows what he believes, but it may be 100 percent wrong. He’s going to stand on it until you convince him it’s something else.

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“The reason I love coach Ditka is because he’s passionate. He believes in doing things and he may not know exactly how to do it, but the passion that he has and the conviction that he has about achieving it, you want to help him with everything you have. He’s all about hard work and fundamentals. He’s not going to flash you, smooth talk you or cheat you. He’s going to tell you the way it is and you can take it or leave it, but you will know exactly what you are getting into, guys like that I can appreciate and respect. Even if you don’t agree with them sometimes you can respect them. That’s important, to be able to respect the people that you work with."