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Ditka would have stopped bounties

March, 5, 2012
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Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesFormer Bears coach Mike Ditka said he would have stopped any bounty if he had heard of one.
Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka said he would have stopped any bounties if he learned of them, but there were money pools based on different statistical categories.

"Not that I know of," Ditka said when asked if bounties existed during his time as coach. "If it did happen, it would have stopped when I knew of it ...

"First of all, there's no point to it and it doesn't belong in the game. In the old days, defensive players had money pools based on tackles, sacks, interceptions, knockdowns, fumbles caused, things like that. But that's all it should have ever been. I know the story about cutting the head off a snake and the body will follow, but to try to take someone out of the game, personally I don't like it."

Hall of Fame defensive tackle Dan Hampton said the Bears didn't need bounties.

"When you have a team like we had, with nine All-Pros on defense and a regular triage of patients being brought off field, you can say these things are happening," Hampton siad. "I can see that. But on our team, we would be watching film and [defensive coordinator] Buddy [Ryan] and[defensive line coach] Dale [Haupt] and the rest of them wouldn't say, ‘Oh yeah, get this guy.' But it doesn't take a genius to figure out that if Joe Montana was on the bench, it creates a good environment for winning the game.

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Sources: '85 Bears to be honored at White House

September, 22, 2011
Twenty-six years after they dominated the NFL with a 15-1 season on the way to a victory in Super Bowl XX, the 1985 Chicago Bears will finally get a chance to be honored at the White House.

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