Man, the 1-hour long specials the NLFN has created on various guys from the past is amazing. This thread is dedicated to the discussion of the Mike Ditka series. Some of the interesting things shared during this 1-hour special look into the NFL life of Mike Ditka: 1. Ditka caught like 18 passes as a TE in his last year at Univeristy of Pittsburgh. His rookie season for the Bears, he caught something like 59 passes. 2. Before Ditka, the TE was used mostly for blocking and was generally used for short passes. Ditka stretched the field and became a lethal deep target. When watching clips of him, he looks a lot like Owen Daniels! Fast speed, down-the-field routes, leaping grabs when double-covered. 3. Early in his career with the Bears, his base salary was $12,000 but he hit bonuses and earned an extra $6,000 (total of $18,000). That off-season, George Halas offered him a contract for $14,000 and told Ditka "This is a raise." Ditka says, "No it isn't. I made $18,000 last year." Halas then replies that Ditka made $12,000 and the new offer of $14,000 WAS indeed a raise. Ditka finally drew the line with Halas and told him, "I made $12,000 and then made an extra $6,000 to make it $18,000. I want $18,000 or else." Halas presented Ditka with a contract for $18,000. This led Ditka to make the comment, long since quoted by many in the NFL media, that "George Halas throws around nickels like they're manhole covers." 4. Ditka played for the Oilers until the leagues merged. 5. Tom Landry revitalized Ditka's career by having Ditka join the Cowboys as a TE. Ditka, IIRC, was on the Cowboys' first Super Bowl winning team. He later became a special teams coach for the Cowboys, under Landry who was still HC there, and spent something like 6 seasons as ST coach. This led to him asking Halas to become the head coach for the Bears, to which Halas agreed. Many Bears fans were very skeptical that Mike Ditka could become a quality head coach for the Bears. Was just a really interesting look into his life, lots of other quality material in that show that I didn't share here. If you can catch the replay of it, hit your DVR and get it recorded when there's nothing else to watch on TV.