Mike Ditka says he’s a fan of the Packers

Mike Ditka is the ultimate Chicago Bear. He was a five-time All-Pro tight end with the Bears in the 1960s. He won championships with the Bears as a player in 1963 and as the team’s head coach in 1985. People who are associated with Chicago are supposed to hate the Green Bay Packers, so hearing Ditka gush about Aaron Rodgers and company is probably painful for Bears fans. If so and you are one, avert your eyes.

“I’m still a Bear fan. I got a right to be a Bear fan,” Ditka said in an interview with the Journal Sentinel. “We won two championships in the last 60 years – I played on one and coached the other one. So I got a right. I’ll always be a Chicago Bear.

“Now, I’m a Packer fan too – for one reason. First of all, I love the coach, he’s from Pittsburgh. But Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in football – without question. He gets it, he understands, he’s a class act. He’s a great leader. I hope they give him a little more protection than they’re giving him right now or he’s going to get his (expletive) busted.”

Isn’t that two reasons? In any event, it’s tough not to like the Rodgers and the Packers as someone who lives and breathes football. Chicago and Green Bay may be division rivals, but there certainly wasn’t much of a rivalry this season. The Packers have been a much better team in recent history and that trend has continued this year. Somewhere in heaven, Chris Farley is wearing his “Da Bears” attire and shedding a tear because of Coach Ditka’s comments.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CPYQ62US2WL63HXYUAYMUM4NYE Steve

    He was a Tight End   DUH

  • http://www.facebook.com/CerberusXTX Ralph Hogan Jr.

    Chris Farley was born in Madison, Wisconsin and was a rabid Packer fan, I get the reference, but I think he’s quite happy right now.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FEBDGHHZWOFA7ZSVWCVUGPCMGQ Cheesegrits

    I guess we could use 1 more fan- werlcome Ditka!

  • Ziggy

     werlcome?  that cheese dripped into your brain

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LJ4BFP5G42A2G3KE5I4W5YGNPM John

    Please note that Ditka also played TE for the DALLAS COWBOYS.  Also, why wouldn’t Ditka be a Packers’ fan?  The Packers do essentially everything better than the Bears.  Well managed vs. poorly managed.  Stable vs. unstable.  Elite vs. mundane.  Long term consistency vs. Sign some expensive free agents.  Professional relationship between management and players vs. Adversarial relationship between “management” and players.   
    The Packers are everything the Bears are not (or at least, no longer are).  Ol’ Ditka appreciates good football when he sees it.  Currently, good football does not exist in Chicago.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QTWFY7IG7PZKMLS6R665AVD52Q Nobum

    Well spoken John.  That’s why Chicago is full of Packers fans.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000809321216 Tony Conquist

    Breaks my heart as a life long Bears fan to admit … Da Coach is right

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000809321216 Tony Conquist

    Love my Bears have for the last 35 years  however Da Coach is right  #12 is a joy to watch,,say what we will yesterdays touchdowns do not put points on the board today.See what we can get done this off season . All the draft picks we gave up for Cutler a few years back is hurting us now.Look at solid consistent teams “Packers,Patriots,Steelers,Giants” They did it through mostly the draft solid management and coaching…We need this first   

  • omikehawk

    Plenty of Packer fans in SF but you don’t hear about them.

  • http://twitter.com/WuffyTheDog Gary Rohde

     The same could be said for a Chicago baseball team. The Bears and the Cubs must be related. I still remember 46-10!! Oh so long ago.

  • Eamontoplease

    The Bears have the worst owners in the NFL. Bargain basement QB’s and always depending on defense, because defensive players are cheaper. I remember one year at least they had fewer coaches than any other team in the league, because they saved money. Cheap – cheap cheap. The have the second largest market in the league and put out teams like they’re the second to last. The owners of the Bears don’t deserve the fan loyalty they enjoy. Finally, after twenty years of horrible teams, Bears fans stopped coming to games and we got the 85 Bears. Too cheap to keep though. My mother was  from Ireland and knew nothing about football. When she watched the Bears P offense – Payton, Payton, Payton – punt. She observed – “wouldn’t it be better to give someone else the ball once and awhile.” I love that we had him, but what a waste.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XNOFLGMKKCY2EFQJJCH2GDAEAU raiderthug

    Go RAIIIIIIIIIIIIDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XNOFLGMKKCY2EFQJJCH2GDAEAU raiderthug

    Ditka come back and coach the Raiders … we need a hard nosed bastard like you to teach the creampies on our team to man up. Aaron Rogers IS a grteat quarterback, but the DA BEARS really ain’t that bad either … they are 2 or three offensive and defensive players away from being really good. Cutler… not the man to take them to the top … but in the NFL there are maybe 5 or 6 quartyerbacks at most who have what it takes to get to the Super Bowl. The Bears could use a few great draft picks, and BAM they are competing for the division title right away. Rogers is the man .. but someday with a few right moves the Bears will discount double check Rogers back into reality.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Cappiello/1227550310 Patrick Cappiello

     That’s right! He caught a TD against the Dolphins in SB5! People forget or didn’t know that!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Cappiello/1227550310 Patrick Cappiello

    First and foremost, Mike Ditka is a FOOTBALL FAN! Get that loser people? Really? You can’t enjoy watching other successful teams and players other than the one from your hometown? lol Get a life!

  • Braverheart

    Mike Didka is the epitome of what the Bears were with a coach who had a purpose and players willing to sacrifice their individual choices for the greater glory of the team. It is all about the money and tremendous egos in this day and age. Cutler cares more about himself than the team. Rodgers puts his body on the line every time he enters the field for every game. The Packers should protect him better than they do. I love the Packers and even I know that their offensive line does not afford Rodgers much protection and their defense is suspect….so no super bowl this year!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/L7NAXZBOZXMB7P622SKVKHPJTA James

    Ditkam must be going senile!  No way in hell Rogers is better than Brady!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000809321216 Tony Conquist

    would love to see Da Coach on a sideline again.but he is in his 70s… Raiders have a good GM  or actually a GM now.It will be interesting to see what they do in the off season.Just about the only solid thing Da Raiders have is a Kicker.The good news is San Diego,and KC are train wrecks with bad ownership