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No. 3: Mike Ditka

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"Da Coach" was a success on the field and on the sidelines. Ditka revolutionized the tight end position as a pass catcher, hauling in 56 passes for 1,076 yards and 12 touchdowns while winning rookie of the year honors in 1961. A Hall of Famer, Ditka was a five-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro. Ditka finished his playing career in Dallas, where he won a Super Bowl ring in 1972, and he went on to be a tight ends and special teams coach with the Cowboys, winning another ring in '78. He became immortalized in Chicago as the head coach of the Super Bowl XX champs. Ditka and Tom Flores are the only two men in NFL history to win Super Bowls as players, assistant coaches and head coaches.