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Bears retire 89

May 28, 2013 - Terri Castelaz
Mike Ditka will be the 14th Chicago Bear to have his number retired. Bears also say it will be the last.

The Bears, who have retired the most numbers of any NFL team, said after the announcement was made they will no longer retire numbers after Ditka’s 89 is retired at a Soldier Field ceremony this season.

Bears owner George McCaskey said in a statement “If there is going to be a last one, there is no more appropriate one than 89.”

I guess is fitting but, it is sad to say that means great players like Mike Singletary, Richard Dent, Dan Hampton and Brian Urlacher won’t have their numbers retired.

Hampton was very cool with the fact stating, “It’s simple math. This is a franchise with so many great players. If everybody’s number got retired, it would diminish the honor in a way. I understand. The trap of it all is that if you played for the Bears, you’re one of many. If you played in Tampa, what is there, a handful of guys?”

After hearing statements like that how can you not agree with him. This is a great honor and should be kept that way.

There is still a chance that the Bears will change their minds in the future and decide to honor great players of the future. Let's hope that could those that were part of a Super Bowl championship. I can hear all the Packer fans already... Keep hoping right.



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