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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    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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    "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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    "Success isn't permanent and failure isn't fatal."

Mike Ditka All-Time Quote No. 8

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    "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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    "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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    "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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    "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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    "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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    "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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    "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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    "Before you can win, you have to believe that you are worthy."