- Mike Ditka’s game work sweater from Super Bowl XX is seeing prices of $31,000.
- Ditka lead the Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl in 1985 where they had +1000 preseason odds.
CHICAGO – Da Bears! Can still be heard all throughout the streets of Chicago as Bears fans continue to pay homage to the only coach that brought a Super Bowl championship to the Windy City, Mike Ditka. As the city of Chicago continues to give respect to Ditka, one Bears fan has made a run at a piece of Bears Super Bowl history and that is by bidding on Ditka’s iconic sweater that was game worn from Super Bowl XX.
The current bidding for this legendary sweater is taking place on Heritage Auctions and is currently seeing the third highest bid of all their football memorabilia at $31,000. The only two items it sits behind are two Tom Brady rookie cards with bids of $612,500 and $50,000.
The History Behind The Sweater
The Chicago Bears 1985 season was one for the ages as Ditka led the team to their best record in team history at 15-1 and also put up the most points in team history as well at 456 points scored that season.
Ditka’s 85’ Bears capped off their season as division winners and went on to win the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots. The Bears went into that game as 10-point favorites on the spread and completely demolished New England to cover the spread with a 46-10 final score. Chicago also made season-long bettors very happy after going into the season with +1000 preseason to win the championship.
Ditka’s Run With Chicago
Ditka served as the head coach of the Bears for 11 seasons from 1982 to 1992. During his time with the Bears, he muscled in an impressive record of 106-62. Also in that span, he led them to six division championships and seven playoff appearances. Of those seven playoff runs, three of them made it to the conference championship game and beyond.
Current Bears Run
The Bears are 29 years removed from Ditka’s run with the team and have seen a complete 180 turn since then. Over the last 10 seasons, Chicago has only made the playoffs two times and has finished with records of .500 or less eight times in that span.
They haven’t been the best team to bet on either as they’ve gone 71-90-2 against the spread during this time as well. They’ve also opened up their preseason Super Bowl odds at +5000 or higher seven times since 2012.
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