Sneed has found out legendary Bears teach Mike Ditka will be honored by way of the NFL as one of the 100 greatest soccer gamers of all time when it celebrates its 100th anniversary at the 2020 Super Bowl in Miami on Feb. 2!
When Sneed contacted Ditka this week, the soccer icon stated: “well, I haven’t heard approximately that, actually. appearance, football doesn’t owe me anything. I owe the whole lot to soccer. It’s certainly too hard to talk approximately.”
Ditka, who will rejoice his 80th birthday on Oct. 18, seemed to choke up a piece.
“I suggest, examine all the greats I worked with: George Halas, Tom Landry, Sid Luckman,” stated Ditka, a hall of reputation tight give up who later guided the 1985 Bears in winning Super Bowl XX.
As a part of its season long birthday celebration, the NFL is expected to unveil its listing of the one hundred finest players in the course of Super Bowl festivities at difficult Rock Stadium. Primarily based at the NFL’s personal commercial celebrating the event, former Bears greats Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary and Brian Urlacher also are expected to be a part of the party.
On NFL.com’s website celebrating the a centesimal anniversary, a segment dedicated to the NFL’s best players capabilities pix of simply two gamers: Ditka and Deion Sanders.
“I owe my entire lifestyles to football, starting in excessive faculty, university and on and on,” Ditka advised Sneed. “My entire lifestyles. such a lot of greats I performed in opposition to and coached in opposition to. I’ve had a terrific run. I played protection while i used to be hired by means of George Halas — and that they made me a tight quit.
“I suggest, Walter Payton changed into on my team! And we had the finest defense ever in 1985. The finest.
“however I’m no longer looking returned. I’m old now. I had my fun and a good run. And a good way to usually be there. It’s now time to transport forward and enjoy this present of life.”