I’ve been a Chicago Bears fan for 25 years.
So when a recent trip to the Windy City led to the once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity with the team’s most famous coach, I took advantage of the moment…even if the legend wasn’t as enthused about the encounter as I was.
Here’s the awkward photo I have as evidence.
- My way ‘too-close-for-comfort’ lean into the coach.
- That ‘Da Coach’ appears to be growling something.
- The strategically placed $20 bill in Ditka’s pocket…which believe it or not, was NOT a bribe on my part to get him to pose for the photo.
While we barely exchanged a word, the picture is a dream for a now grown-up kid who’s fanatically followed this man and his team the majority of his life.
To see for yourself just how obsessed I am about the Bears, check out www.bearsgab.com, where I served as editor until January ’11.