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Bears' Smith wins AP Coach award

Updated: January 7, 2006, 4:55 PM ET
Associated Press

Lovie Smith is in the company of Hall of Famers.

Smith was hired to resurrect the proud Chicago Bears franchise once coached by George Halas and Mike Ditka. He did such a strong job in 2005 that he was chosen The Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year on Saturday.

Halas and Ditka each won the honor twice. In his second season with the Bears, Smith took them from 5-11 to 11-5, the NFC North title and a first-round bye.

"Each day I'm living a dream to even be talked about ...

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