Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Greatest Players of the NFL: Mike Ditka

In Patrick McCaskey's Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships he covers the ten greatest NFL coaches of all-time.  Close to home, is George Halas, the father of the NFL and the Bears.  In Pillars, we also include a little on the coaches players and we'd  thought we'd reproduce some of that for our posts.

Mike Ditka, Hall of Fame tight end, had size, power, skill, and desire.  The 6-foot-3, 228 pound Ditka impressed football opponents with excellent receiving skills, the strength of an interior lineman, and the running ability of a halfback.  He played for the Bears from 1961-1966 and returned as head coach in 1982 to lead the Bears to their Super Bowl XX championship.  

As a player, Ditka could catch a pass in traffic and then break several more tackles for a big gain.  As a coach, he was the ultimate enforcer.  He wanted fans, players, and coaches absolutely loyal to the Bears.   

Pillars of the NFL is the only book that includes the complete history of the NFL top ten coaches.  Everyone who loves NFL history will enjoy this great book. 

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