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Chicago Bears: Celebrating Mike Ditka's Top 10 All-Time Quotes

Brian RostaCorrespondent IJune 17, 2011

Chicago Bears: Celebrating Mike Ditka's Top 10 All-Time Quotes

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    WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 18:  Former NFL player and coach Mike Ditka speaks during a hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Capitol Hill September 18, 2007 in Washington, DC. Former players and league officials appeared befo
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    As the 2011 NFL Season is up for grabs and most football fans are starting to get the fever for the pigskin, it might be the perfect time for Chicago Bears fans to walk down Memory Lane and revisit one of the most colorful figures in the history of the National Football League...

    Mike Ditka (a.k.a. Da Coach)

    Whether is was yelling at the media, punky QB Jim McMahon, or just the waiter at his local watering hole, Ditka had a flair for being obnoxious, abrupt, and ultimately fascinating.

Mike Ditka All-Time Quote No. 10

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    27 Dec 1987:  A portrait of head coach Mike Ditka of the Chicago Bears during the Bears 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Raiders at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.  Mandatory Credit: Mike Powell  /Allsport
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    "One of my favorite things is mayonnaise and I have to tell you that. I love mayonnaise, but I don't eat it any more. If I do I put light mayonnaise on it, which I know is still not good but it's a lot better than the other one and I don't eat it that much."

Mike Ditka All-Time Quote No. 9

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    1 Nov 1998:  Coach Mike Ditka of the New Orleans Saints looking on during the game against the Carolina Panthers at the Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers defeated the Saints 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Laforet  /Allsport
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    "Success isn't permanent and failure isn't fatal."

Mike Ditka All-Time Quote No. 8

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    CHICAGO - APRIL 18:  Chicago Bears legend and Pro football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka stands on the ice prior to dropping the puck for the ceremonial face off between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Calgary Flames during Game Two of the Western Conference Qu
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    "I've been into the habit of freezing white grapes and using them as a snack. Instead of eating peanuts or popcorn or something like that or pretzels, I just eat the white grapes."

Mike Ditka All-Time Quote No. 7

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    Aug 1985:  Head coach Mike Ditka of the Chicago Bears coaches his team during Bears Training Camp at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in Platteville, Wisconsin.  Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allsport
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    "What's the difference between a 3-week old puppy and a sportswriter? In six weeks the puppy will stop whining."

Mike Ditka All-Time Quote No. 6

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    Jul 1990:  Head coach Mike Ditka of the Chicago Bears watches his team from a golf cart during Bears Training Camp at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in Platteville, Wisconsin.  Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allsport
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    "I'm not a mean player. You'll notice that I never pick on anyone with a number higher than 30."

Mike Ditka All-Time Quote No. 5

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    ESPN - NFL  Primetime Mike Ditka  (Photo by Allen Kee/Getty Images)
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    "He's a young guy with a lot of enthusiasm and he's really proud to be a Pittsburgh guy. And you have to have a Pittsburgh guy here. You don't need any more California guys here, gang. We don't need any of that crap. They come and go like the flies."

Mike Ditka All-Time Quote No. 4

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    NFL Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka helps present Jerome Bettis with the Levitra Play of the year Award at the Jacksonville Convention Center on February 2, 2005  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    "I always tell people I want to live to be 150 and they say why would you want to do that. I say, well there's a few people I haven't made mad yet, I want to get them."

Mike Ditka All-Time Quote No. 3

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    NFL Pro Football Hal of Famer Mike Ditka talks to the WFAN radio at the Jacksonville Convention Center on February 2, 2005  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    "If God had wanted man to play soccer, he wouldn't have given us arms."

Mike Ditka All-Time Quote No. 2

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    17 Dec 1989: Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka looks on during a game against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Packers won the game, 40-28.
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    "We have a strange and wonderful relationship—he's strange and I'm wonderful."

Mike Ditka All-Time Quote No. 1

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    26 Jan 1986:  Head coach Mike Ditka of the Chicago Bears during the Bears 46-10 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Mandatory Credit: Mike Powell  /Allsport
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    "Before you can win, you have to believe that you are worthy."

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