Mike Ditka Sits Down for a Candid Moment: Helping the Gridiron Greats

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Mike Ditka Sits Down for a Candid Moment: Helping the Gridiron Greats
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As we enter the 2011 football season, let us all remember the life-long consequences players must endure. Their conditioning, dedication, hard work and grueling play on the field takes its toll. Keep in mind that the wear and tear on football players does not disappear when they leave the game.

A conference room big enough to seat 500 people in Novi, Michigan, was the host for the third annual Gridiron Greats Hall of Fame Benefit Dinner. While the NFL pioneers and the Gridiron Great supporters mingled, I found myself watching each legendary athlete converse as if it were like a family reunion. In fact, that is exactly what the atmosphere was like.

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