Surviving Sunday: Packers News, Notes and Links for the Football Deprived: 5-26-13 All Green Bay Packers All the Time
Surviving Sundays with no Packers Football
Surviving Sundays with no Packers Football

Adam Czech is away in enemy territory this weekend (Chicago). Evidently, they don’t allow any Packers writing on Sundays in Chicago, so I’ll be filling in.

Before he left he mentioned he’d be going to Mike Ditka’s restaurant and not soon after, the news came across the wires that the Bears would be retiring Ditka’s #89. Cooincidence? Or is Czech a Bears double agent? An investigation shall commence.

In the meantime, when I heard the news about Ditka, my first reaction was, “what the heck took them so long?” Shouldn’t this have been done many years ago? He’s a Pro Football Hall of Famer and a Super Bowl Champion as both a player and a coach for the Bears. This should be a no-brainer, right?

Well, it seems that, unbeknownst to me, The Bears have a little problem when it comes to retiring numbers. Seems they have retired too many – more than any other team in the NFL!

Ditka’s No. 89 is the 14th jersey number to be retired by the bears, joining, No. 3 (Bronko Nagurski), 5 (George McAfee), 7 (George Halas), 28 (Willie Galimore), 34 (Walter Payton), 40 (Gale Sayers), 41 (Brian Piccolo), 42 (Sid Luckman), 51 (Dick Butkus), 56 (Bill Hewitt), 61 (Bill George), 66 (Clyde “Bulldog” Turner) and 77 (Harold “Red” Grange).

I can make a case for seven. Some of the others were chosen for sentimental reasons rather than talent. Some had the talent, but were not even with the Bears that long.

In any case, this presents a logistics problem for the Bears, and as such, they’ve announced that Ditka’s #89 is the LAST number they’ll be retiring.

Sorry Brian Urlacher…

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9 thoughts on “Surviving Sunday: Packers News, Notes and Links for the Football Deprived: 5-26-13

  1. Currently waiting in line at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. Looking forward to seeing the exhibit titled: “Floating Belly Up: The Bears Super Bowl Chances as long as Aaron Rodgers is the Packers QB.”

    Also, the pot roast nachos at Ditka’s restaurant are amazing. Forget his playing and coaching career, he should be in the hall of fame for those nachos.

  2. Why don’t they do what the Packers do,retire the jersey not the number.This is what was done with Reggie White.The Packers can still use #92 But it’s unlikely they will for a very long time.

    1. Reggie’s number is retired. A Packer in the ring of honor get his number retired IIRC.

      1. I take that back actually. A Packer in the NFL HOF gets in the Ring of Honor. Not all get their number retired. But don’t quote me on this.

      2. The Packers have 22 names up in Lambeau Field, but they don’t call it a Ring of Honor or Ring of anything. Their numbers are not retired. They are Packers who are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (James Lofton, Forrest Gregg, Mike Michalske, Willie Wood, Jim Ringo, Herb Adderly, Clarke Hinkle, Robert (Cal) Hubbard, Henry Jordan, Tony Canadeo, Don Hutson, E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, Johnny (Blood) McNally, Arnie Herber, Vince Lombardi, Willie Davis, Ray Nitschke, Bart Starr, Jim Taylor, Paul Hornung and Reggie White.) The one exception is Ron Wolf, who was put up there in 2006. Finally, the Packers have retired just five uniform numbers: Canadeo, Starr, Nitschke, Hutson and White.

        1. Its what I call it… Its a lot easier to say, whether its the official name, who gives a rip.

  3. As the Packers all-time leading receiver, Donald Driver makes the Pro Football Hall of Fame or not?

    1. Not a chance! Driver wasn’t nearly that good. Andre Reed was much better and he’s not in Canton. Good lord the Driver lovefest is just absolutely ridiculous! Driver was a great Packer, he wasn’t a Great NFL player. He was very good, not nearly Great enough to make the NFL HOF.

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