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Bears Fri Dec 18 2009

Footballic Ramblings: The DITKA Interview!

At the end of last month, Tailgate was honored with the amazing opportunity to talk to former Chicago Bears coach and multi-Super Bowl Champ, Mike Ditka. Ditka, whose presence is most reminiscent of a paternal grandfather/lordly grizzly bear (no pun intended) surveying over his domain, was amazing, incredibly accommodating and very eager to discuss the hot-button topic of the 2009 season, concussions.

"Iron Mike" holds court, in this great Q 'n A, on matters pertaining to the informative, independent and criminally under-publicized "Blood Equity", which spotlights the problems of concussions and brain trauma wrought from the NFL. Ditka, who is a founding father of the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, is his typical opinionated and aware self. Additionally, the living legend gets down with the issues plaguing the 2009 Bears season. Ditka, who, seriously, is an old pro at the sit-downs, was nothing but pleasant, informative and bluntly honest when prompted with issues pertaining to the documentary (which most NFL fans will enjoy) and dissecting what exactly is wrong and should be changed with the Monsters of the Midway. Sit down, enjoy and feed at the fount of wisdom that is Mike Ditka untapped, video after the jump!

Notions and thoughts about "Da' Coach" in comments below! And all apologies to amateurish camera direction of the first minute, a huge mea culpa on the writer's part.

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