Chicago Bears retire Mike Ditka jersey

The Chicago Bears retire the number 89 jersey worn by legendary former player and coach Mike Ditka.

The Chicago Bears have retired the number 89 jersey worn by legendary former player and coach Mike Ditka.

The ceremony took place at half time of the Bears' 45-28 win over the Dallas Cowboys last night, a match that saw two of Ditka's former sides go head-to-head.

The former tight end won an NFL championship for the Bears under legendary coach George Halas in 1963 before later coaching the same team to a Super Bowl in 1985, creating a side widely regarded as one of the greatest in the history of the sport.

The 74-year-old is the only man in modern NFL history to win the championship with the same team as both a player and a coach, while he is also the only person to be involved in the Bears' last two championship-winning teams.

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988, becoming the first-ever tight end to be afforded such an honour.

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