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Bears to retire Mike Ditka's 89

Updated: May 27, 2013, 11:44 AM ET
ESPNChicago.com

The Chicago Bears will finally retire Mike Ditka's No. 89 on Dec. 9 during halftime of their "Monday Night Football" game against the Dallas Cowboys at Soldier Field, the team announced Friday.

"Mike Ditka embodies the spirit of everything the Bears are about," Bears chairman George H. McCaskey said to the team's website. "He's an icon. The last time we won a championship Mike Ditka was our coach and the last time we won before that Mike Ditka was a player. The organization knew [that retiring ...

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