The 20 Biggest Baddest Bears of All Time; #3 "Da Coach" Mike Ditka......
No. 3 Mike Ditka
You can honestly make a case for the final three spots that they are all grouped together as some of the toughest players in the history of the NFL. There’s very little that separates these three in the way they played the game.
Their competitive streak was legendary, and the way they went and sought out contact puts them all in a category of their own.
Mike Ditka was a fiery competitor, both as a coach and as a player. It didn’t matter who Ditka was playing against; he always wanted to hurt you.
In a phone interview with Bleacher Report, former Bears linebacker Doug Buffone raved about Ditka’s talent.
“If Ditka played in today’s game, he would catch 100 balls a season easily; he was that type of talent,” Buffone said. “In that era, you destroyed the tight end as he came off the line, absolutely destroyed him. There was none of this free release stuff you see now.”
Ditka was another revolutionary as a tight end in an era when most TEs blocked. Ditka became the pass-catching threat that is now associated with the modern TE. As a result, he was named to the Hall of Fame for his accomplishments in revolutionizing the game of football.
Above all that, though, Ditka was one of the nastiest, meanest tight ends in the history of the NFL.
Here's some highlights for his 1963 season; http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-h...ighlights-1963