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David & Robin get into the huddle with Mike Ditka to talk about his work with Gridiron Greats & the great job Mike Singeltary is doing in San Francisco. Plus, Kevin "Butthead" Butler.
Episode Segments:
Bearly Legal: Coach Mike Ditka
Mike Ditka joins the guys to talk about the work hes doing with the Gridiron Greats. He also gives his take on the current Bears Squad, and the impressive job Mike Singeltary is doing with the 49ers.
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Bearly Legal: Butthead
Kevin Butler, the kicker for the 1985 Champs & the Bears All-time leading scorer checks in from Atlanta with a scouting report on the Falcons. Plus, learn about The Rockford Charitable Games, and where you can participate.
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Bearly Legal: The Bears Beat
Andy Masisonneuve checks in with our weekly injury update, and a preview of the tough matchup the Bears have against the Falcons on Sunday.
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Mike Ditka
ike Ditka is best known as the loud-mouthed, caricature-like figure, who coached the Chicago Bears to their Superbowl championship in 1986. Ditka himself played for the Chicago Bears, leading them to championships in the 1960s. Born in a town just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1939, Ditka grew up playing every sport imaginable but excelled at football. He was a successful three sport athlete throughout high school, and drew the attention of many college football teams. He was recruited by Penn State, and orally committed to play for the Nittany Lions, though he ultimately ended up playing for the University of Pittsburgh. After college, Ditka was drafted by both the Chicago Bears and the Houston Oilers in the 1961 draft. He signed with the Bears, and during his first season was awarded the honor of being named Rookie of the Year. Ditka also went to the Pro Bowl each of the five seasons that he played as a tight end with the Bears, and won a championship with the team in 1963. However, in 1967 Ditka was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, and was then again traded to the Dallas Cowboys. He would again be on a championship team with the Dallas Cowboys, as they won the 1967 Super Bowl, and Ditka even had a touchdown reception in that game where the Cowboys beat the Miami Dolphins 24-3. With 427 receptions throughout his career, that added up to 5,812 yards and 43 touchdowns, Ditka had an incredibly impressive playing career. As such, he became the first tight end to be inducted into the Football Hall of Fame. He was inducted in 1988, and in 1999 The Sporting News ranked him as the ninth best American football player of all time. However, Ditka’s football career did not end with playing. Ditka took over head coaching duties for the Chicago Bears in 1982 and turned the team into a championship-caliber team. Under Ditka’s direction, the Bears won 6 NFC Central Championships and would also win a Super Bowl. In 1986 the Chicago Bears won their first championship since 1963 when they beat the New England Patriots 46-10 to win Super Bowl Twenty. After a drop-off in wins and championships, the Bears eventually fired Ditka in 1992. Ditka was just as famous for his behavior off the field as he was for his stellar performance on the field. He was well known for his temper, even breaking his wrist once when he punched a locker. He has also angrily responded to heckling fans and been charged with a DWI. Ditka has also been entered into American pop culture immortality with the popular “Super Fans” sketch on Saturday Night Live, where Chicago Bears fans obnoxiously say his name in triumph over and over throughout the sketch. He has also personally forayed into the fields of both food service and politics, opening a restaurant chain named Ditka’s and also threatening to run against Barack Obama for the 2004 Illinois Senate seat. Ditka is currently married to his second wife, Diana, who he married in 1977. He has no children with her, but has four with his first wife, Marge. His children’s names are Mike, Mark, Megan, and Matt. Marge and Mike were divorced in 1973. Currently, Ditka is focusing on his chain of restaurants. He is also an occasional commentator for ESPN and for other sports programs.


Kevin Butler
Kevin Butler attended and played football for the Georgia Bulldogs. Butler placekicked 77 field goals and 122 extra points, a total of 353 points. In his four years (1981-84) Georgia had a 38-8-2 record, was in two Sugar Bowls, one Cotton Bowl Classic, and one Citrus Bowl. His accuracy on attempts 50 yards or longer, 52.4 percent, was an NCAA record. His longest field goal was 62 yards against Clemson in 1984. This kick decided the game for Georgia 26-23. He had other field goals of 59, 53, and 52 yards. He was 122 for 125 on extra points and 77 for 98 on field goals. Butler would go on to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001. With his induction, he became the only kicker to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. In his 11 seasons with the Bears, Butler became the team's all time leading scorer with 1,116 points, easily surpassing the old record of 750 points held by Walter Payton. Butler was also part of the oft-praised 1985 Chicago Bears team who won Super Bowl XX. His nickname during his time with the Bears was "Butthead." It was said that Butler called his fiancée from training camp in Platteville, Wisconsin, and explained that "we're going to have to change the date of our wedding, because we're going to the Super Bowl and it's on January 26th." Butler finished his 13 NFL seasons with 265 of 361 field goals (73%) and 413 of 426 extra point attempts, giving him 1,208 total points. Butler continues his affiliation with the university for which he played, the University of Georgia, by co-hosting the Budweiser Fifth Quarter Show on 106.1 WNGC and 960 WRFC in Athens.

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