I sure miss Mike Ditka on the sidelines.
“Iron Mike,” the former coach of the Chicago Bears, was tough as nails, revered by players, and adored by the fans. Never at a loss for words, he has something to say about the NFL sissies who think their political opinions matter.
During a Thursday interview on The Bernie and Sid Show, the two-time Super Bowl champion and two-time NFL Coach of the Year had some pointed words for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other athletes who kneel instead of standing for the National Anthem.
Ditka said if one of his players did the same, “he doesn’t play for me ever again,” according to CNS News.
“Well, here’s the thing. When we live in a society that pays attention to athletes, say, as greatly as they do to Kaepernick, then we’re foolish,” Ditka said.
“I mean, athletes’ opinions are no different than anybody else’s, they’re no more significant than anybody else’s. They’re no more important than anybody else’s.”
To quote one of Ditka’s best axioms: Empty tin cans make the most noise.
This isn’t Ditka’s first tackle against athletes who disrespect our nation’s flag.
“I think it’s a problem, anybody who disrespects this country and the flag,” he told USA Today in September. “If they don’t like the country, they don’t like our flag, get the hell out. That’s what I think,”
Ditka added, “I have no respect for Colin Kaepernick. He probably has no respect for me. That’s his choice. My choice is, I like this country, I respect our flag, and I don’t see all the atrocities going on in this country that people say are going on.”
In a game where toughness is the standard, Ditka stands a cut above the rest, according to Sportster. He was a tough player and a tougher coach, leading the Bears to victory time and again.
Loved for his hard-hitting, no-nonsense style, Ditka could teach these young fools a thing or two — about respect for the game, and appreciation for the opportunities that football has given them. A little humility wouldn’t hurt, either.
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