Mike Ditka, the player, was the No. 1 draft pick of the Chicago Bears in 1961. He introduced a new dimension to the tight end position that once was viewed primarily as an assignment for a tough, talented blocker. Ditka proved to be a superior blocker but he also became one of the first tight ends to catch a large number of passes.
Ditka, the coach, led the Chicago Bears for 11 years and New Orleans Saints for three years. Ditka was the only individual to participate in both of the last two Chicago Bears' championships, as a player in 1963 and as head coach in 1985.
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