Mike Ditka

Before leading the Bears to a Super Bowl title as the head coach, Mike Ditka may have revolutionized the tight end position, used mostly for blocking. He was one of the first tight ends to catch a large number of passes, including 12 touchdowns his first year en route to Rookie of the Year honors. In 1964, he caught 75 passes, a record for tight ends that stood until 1980. A Bear from 1961 to 1966, Ditka was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1988.

( Chicago Tribune )

Before leading the Bears to a Super Bowl title as the head coach, Mike Ditka may have revolutionized the tight end position, used mostly for blocking. He was one of the first tight ends to catch a large number of passes, including 12 touchdowns his first year en route to Rookie of the Year honors. In 1964, he caught 75 passes, a record for tight ends that stood until 1980. A Bear from 1961 to 1966, Ditka was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1988.

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