By Mike Ditka, Rick Telander
The '85 Bears: We have been the Greatest is trainer Mike Ditka's memoir of a season Chicago won't ever disregard and rivals may relatively erase from their minds. full of unforgettable behind-the-scenes tales and exhilarating moments together with the dominating win over the Patriots in tremendous Bowl XX, Walter Payton phoning Ditka's workplace pretending to be a lady named Yolanda, Jim McMahon's enduring regard for the therapeutic strength of acupuncture, and the way a rookie named William Perry become a phenomenon often called "The Refrigerator." The workforce was once packed with a solid of characters who have been wildly wonderful off the sector, yet feared at the box. Their dominance was once unstoppable and at their height they seemed like the best crew in NFL history—and really probably have been. Taking enthusiasts alongside for an insider's retelling of this ancient season "Da trainer" is full of tales, recaps and records for each typical and postseason online game, and top-notch images that captures...
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It did not figure to come from McMahon. The quarterback had spent two nights in traction for his back problems and was suffering from a leg infection. He didn’t practice in the short week leading up to the Thursday night game, and, despite McMahon’s insistence that he would play, Mike Ditka had rules to the contrary. McMahon had been injured late in the 1984 season and hadn’t played in the Bears’ playoff games against Washington or San Francisco. So in games of this magnitude, he remained an unknown commodity.
My dad was an assistant principal of a high school, so I think that probably speaks for itself what the academic expectations were. ” “I’m really glad I went to business school at Northwestern. My first two classes were accounting and statistics, and we’re coming back from beating the Raiders, and I’m studying for a final the next day, and everybody else is drinking beer and playing cards. ’” “A lot of people still continue to confuse Doug Plank and me. I had someone call me Doug Fencik. I don’t even shake my head anymore.
The next year Halas tried to pay me less. You had to talk to the Old Man himself, face to face, in those deals. It was like looking at Mt. Rushmore. I finally got him all the way back up to $18,000, what I’d made the year before. But playing the game was the main thing; it always was. “We had been building this team, and a lot of pieces were there before I came. The Bears were long known as a defensive team. But you had to have a quarterback, a good one. ” —Ditka Buddy Ryan was our defensive coordinator, and when I told him he wouldn’t have Bell and Harris, he almost went nuts.
The '85 Bears. We Were the Greatest by Mike Ditka, Rick Telander