CHICAGO - In honor of the Chicago Bears' decision to retire the number of Mike Ditka, the Governor honors "Da Coach" in his own way.
Gov. Pat Quinn (D) declared Dec. 9 "Mike Ditka Day". The former tight end will be honored during halftime on Monday Night Football when the Bears play the Dallas Cowboys.
"When people think of football they think of Mike Ditka" says Quinn. "He was the best tight end of all time, and 'Da Coach' molded and guided arguably the best football team of all time - the 1985 Super Bowl-winning Bears."
In addition to a Lombardi Trophy, Ditka also earned Coach of the Year honors in 1985 and 1988.
"I urge all Illinoisans to join me in congratulating him today."
Ditka also received another honor from the state. He's getting a personalized Chicago Bears license plate.
"This is a fitting tribute to an incomparable Hall-of-Famer" says Secretary of State Jesse White.