Jeff Pearlman, from SI.com, recently interviewed Da Coach, Mike Ditka, for a book project. Ditka came to tears as he talked loyalty and football.
A couple of weeks ago, as I was interviewing him for a book project, Mike Ditka looked me in the eye and began to cry.He was talking about loyalty; about football in 2010 and how nobody who plays the game and nobody who coaches the game and nobody who owns a team exercises even the slightest bit of honor. "It's all gone," he said. "Completely gone. Replaced by selfishness and greed." The two of us were sitting at a table in Ditka's eponymous Chicago steakhouse. He chugged one cup of coffee after another. His eyes -- those famously scowled eyes -- moistened and morphed into the color of cherry tomatoes. One almost wanted to give him a hug. "I will never coach again," Ditka said. "I don't want to, but I wouldn't even if I did. It's not the same game that I love."