Mike Ditka Documentary

Mike Ditka Documentary


>>I WROTE HIM A LETTER IN 1978. AND I TOLD HIM, YOU KNOW, I’D LIKE TO COME BACK AND RECTIFY THE TERMS THAT I LEFT ON WHICH WEREN’T VERY GOOD. AND I THOUGHT SOMEDAY I WOULD BE READY TO BE THE HEAD COACH OF THE BEARS. I TOLD HIM AT THAT TIME I WASN’T READY YET, BUT I SAID SOME DAY I WILL BE READY AND WOULD LIKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RETURN THE BEARS TO WHAT YOU MEANT THEM TO BE.>>I PRESENT MIKE TO YOU. PLEASE TREAT HIM AS NICELY AS HE DID ME.>>THE GENERAL PROCESSION WAS WE LOVE MIKE DITTY KEY, HE’S AN ICONIC PLAYER, BUT THIS IS NO HEAD COACH.>>IT’S AN OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME FOR ME, IT’S SOMETHING I’VE LOOKED FORWARD TO.>>HE KNEW THAT I HAD A THING CALLED BEAR PRIDE, AND I THINK THAT WAS IMPORTANT TO HIM. WE BOTH HAD KIND OF A SINGLE-MINDEDNESS ABOUT US AND A COMMON GOAL. THE PURPOSE WAS TO MAKE THE BEARS SPECIAL. I MEAN, THE BEARS WERE HIS LIFE. AND THEY BECAME MY LIFE. THAT WAS THE ONLY JOB I EVER WANTED AND ONLY JOB I EVER HAD WAS WORTH ANYTHING TO ME.>>COMING UP.>>YOU’VE GOT RI ♪♪>>THIS IS OUR TOP OF THE LINE TOP BLEND. WHEN YOU COME HERE, YOU SEE HIS NAME ON IT AND GET IT.>>THE COACH HAS A BOOK, “FIRST IN LIFE.” YOU MUST KICK ASS. THIS IS OUR FRANCHISE.>>MIKE DITKA’S KICK-ASS CIGAR.>>I’VE DONE EVERYTHING. I’VE GOT WINE, HOT SAUCE.>>DITKA’S BARBECUE SAUCE.>>SHREDDED BEEF. I’VE GOT RIBS.>>MIKE DITKA KICK-ASS BLOODY MIKE MIX.>>I’VE GOT EVERYTHING. WHAT THE HECK. I’M MULTIDIMENSIONAL.>>AT FIRST, THE MIKE DITKA BRAND WAS A TOUGH SELL IN CHICAGO.>>YOU SAD SON OF A [ BLEEP ]!>>HE WAS BRUTISH, HE WAS VOLATILE. HE HAD A PERM.>>WE’VE GOT TO PICK EACH OTHER UP.>>HE WAS EXACTLY WHAT THE BEARS NEEDED.>>I WANTED THE BEARS TO BE THE BEST. I WANTED THE BEARS TO HAVE THAT ARE BEST REPUTATION. I WANTED THEM TO BE THE TOUGHEST AND I WANTED TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP. AND I TOLD OUR TEAM WHEN I GOT THERE. I’VE GOT GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS. THE GOOD NEWS, WE’RE GOING TO WIN THE SUPER BOWL. THE BAD NEWS, A LOT OF YOU WON’T BE HERE WHEN WE DO IT. AND I DIDN’T MEAN THAT TO BE CRUEL. I MEANT IT TO BE FACTUAL. THAT IF YOU WEREN’T WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE, YOU WEREN’T GOING TO BE THERE, PERIOD.>>GET OUT! STAY OUT! GET THE [ BLEEP ] OUT OF THERE!>>PEOPLE THOUGHT HE WOULD BE A FAILURE BEFORE HE STARTED. TOO EMOTIONAL. WEARS THIN IN A HURRY.>>I WANT IT DONE RIGHT. SOMETIMES I MAYBE DIDN’T DO IT IN THE MOST APPEALING WAY TO THE PLAYERS, BUT THAT’S TOUGH. IF THEY GOT THEIR FEELINGS HURT, I REALLY APOLOGIZE.>>DITKA WAS NOT AN EASY MAN TO GET ALONG WITH.>>YOU CALL YOUR HUSBAND COACH OR MIKE?>>[ BLEEP ] >>AND NOBODY KNEW THAT BETTER THAN THE QUARTERBACKS WHO PLAYED FOR HIM. IN NEW ORLEANS, AND CHICAGO.>>HE WAS TOUGH ON QUARTERBACKS, THERE WAS NO DOUBT. BUT PLAYING IN THAT OFFENSE WAS NOT GOOD FOR QUARTERBACKS ANYWAY. I MEAN, IT’S THE MOST BORING OFFENSE I’VE EVER BEEN IN MY LIFE.>>NO QUESTION ABOUT IT, I WOULD LIKE TO THROW THE FOOTBALL MORE. BUT AS LONG AS WALTER IS AROUND, WE’RE NOT GOING TO BE A PASSING FOOTBALL TEAM.>>EVERYBODY THIRD AND LONG, WE’RE GOING TO RUN SWEEPS WITH WALTER. SO I JUST WOULD CALL SOMETHING ELSE.>>HE THREW TO FOR A TOUCHDOWN WHICH WAS HIS OWN CALL, NOT MY CALL. HE ERASED THE RUNNING PLAY AND TOOK THAT AND WENT WITH IT AND GOT A TD.>>AND HE DID BLOW UP A LOT OF TIMES. HE WOULD YELL AT ME, I WOULD YELL BACK AT HIM AND EVERYTHING WAS FINE. MIKE THOUGHT I DID IT TO MISS HIM OFF. AND I DIDN’T. I WANTED TO WIN FOOTBALL GAMES. DIANA, HIS WIFE, WOULD ALWAYS TELL ME, MIKE REALLY LIKES YOU. AND I SAID WELL THEN WHY IS HE CALLING ME A SO-AND-SO FOR THREE HOURS EVERY DAY?>>McMANN WASN’T THE ONLY ONE.>>NEARLY HAS THAT ONE PICKED OFF.>>DITKA IS GOING TO EAT A SPEAKER. RUDY CAIN AT THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE. GRABBED HIM BY THE JERSEY, TELLING HIM WHAT I WANT DONE.>>GET HIM OUT OF THERE! GIMME A QUARTERBACK!>>EVERY GUY IN THE WORLD WAS NAMED BILLY BOB IN NEW ORLEANS.>>BOBBY. BILLY JOE.>>JOE BOB, TOM BOB, BILLY BOB.>>THE BALL HAS GOT TO GO OUT, RED. THAT’S WHAT’S KILLING US. THROW THE BALL.>>IT’S A MATTER OF DOING THE RIGHT THINGS. WAS I TOO HARD? YEAH, I PROBABLY WAS. WOULD I CHANGE IT? NO, I WOULDN’T.>>WE’RE NOT GOING TO RUN DIVE Gs.>>ALL RIGHT.>>GOERTH FORGET IT.>>HE EXPECTS YOU TO BE MENTALLY TOUGH, HE EXPECTS YOU TO BE A FOOTBALL PLAYER. HE EXPECTS YOU TO BE HARD. THOSE ARE THE KIND OF GUYS HE WANTED PLAYING FOR HIM. THAT’S THE KIND OF GUY HE IS HIMSELF.>>YOU’VE GOT TO LOVE IT. HE WAS THIS WAY AS A PLAYER. HE WOULD COME BACK AND PUNCH OUT HIS OWN QUARTERBACK.>>DITKA REMADE THE BEARS IN HIS IMAGE. TOUGH-NOSED PLAYERS WHO DIDN’T TAKE CRAP FROM ANYONE.>>LOOKS AT THE END ZONE, THROWS IN THERE DEEP, AND HE HAS THE TOUCHDOWN!>>IN 1984, DITKA LED THE BEARS TO THEIR FIRST POSTSEASON VICTORY IN 20 YEARS. THE PLAYERS SHOWED RAW EMOTION AND SO DID THE PRESS.>>THIS IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT, PEOPLE ARE GETTING SNOT MOUTHED. I DON’T CARE THE SCORE. THEY BEAT US, IT WAS STILL A GOOD FOOTBALL GAME. PEOPLE WERE HITTING EACH OTHER. THAT’S WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. THEY DIDN’T BACK DOWN FROM US, AND WE DIDN’T BACK DOWN FROM THEM. THAT WAS A HECK OF A GAME. ANYBODY COULD HAVE WON IT. WE WERE LUCKY TO WIN IT. I’LL TAKE THE LUCK. I’M TIRED OF THE SKILL. [ LAUGHTER ]>>IT WAS MUST-SEE THEATER WHEN MIKE DID HIS POST-GAME PRESS CONFERENCES.>>WE’RE PROUD OF OUR PEOPLE. WE LIKE OUR PEOPLE. FOR THOSE WHO DON’T LIKE OUR PEOPLE, THAT’S TOUGH. WE LIKE THEM.>>HIS HEART WAS OUT ON HIS SLEEVE. WHAT HE FELT AND WHAT HE THOUGHT, HE SAID.>>SOMEBODY BETTER WAKE UP, BECAUSE WE ARE NOT NEARLY AS GOOD AS WE THINK WE ARE.>>AT TIMES, IT BECAME A LITTLE BIT ADVERSARIAL.>>YOU THINK THIS IS A [ BLEEP ] SOAP OPERA, YOU’RE FULL OF [ BLEEP ].>>IT WAS LIKE A BEAR IN A CAGE AND YEAH YOU CAN POKE IT A LITTLE HERE, AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU POKE IT THE WRONG WAY AND THE THING COMES AT YOU RIGHT UP TO THE CAGE AND WANTS TO EAT YOU.>>THE OFFENSE WAS TERRIBLE, YEAH. THE OFFENSE WASN’T THERE, BECAUSE THE OFFENSE DIDN’T HAVE THE BALL IN THE THIRD QUARTER. [ .>>AT WHAT POINT OF THE GAME, DEAR?>>THE MEDIA IS FICKLE. YOU KNOW IT AND I KNOW IT. YOU’RE HERE OR YOU’RE THERE. IT TOOK ME LONGER TO FIGURE IT OUT. BUT ONCE I DID, I TREATED THEM ALL THE SAME. LIKE DIRT.>>THERE’S THREE QUARTERBACKS ON THIS FOOTBALL TEAM. WHICHEVER ONE STARTS, STARTS. WHICHEVER ONES DON’T WILL BACK HIM UP. PERIOD, CUT AND DRY. IT’S NOBODY’S CONCERN BUT OURS. NOBODIES. NEXT?>>I DIDN’T STAND UP IN FRONT OF THEM TO GET CONFRONTATIONAL. THEY BROUGHT ON THE QUESTIONS, I ANSWERED THEM.>>MIKE, WHY ARE YOU IN SUCH A BAD MOOD?>>WHAT DO YOU CARE?>>I WAS EASILY AGITATED, I’LL SAY THAT.>>I’M NOT — I’M GOING TO ANSWER TONIGHT. I’M GOING TO ANSWER THE SAME THING AND LOOK AT THE SAME FILM TONIGHT. SAY I’M NOT.>>YES, YOU ARE, BUT THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS SHOW.>>WHY?>>I DON’T KNOW HOW THAT GOT ON YOUTUBE, BUT HE WOULD GO THROUGH THE EMOTIONS OF A GAME AND SOMETIMES NOT WANT TO DO A POST-GAME INTERVIEW.>>43 PLAYERS AND 9 ASSISTANT COACHES OUT THERE.>>WE’RE GETTING THEM TOO.>>IT WAS DURING A COMMERCIAL BREAK RIGHT AFTER THE GAME AND I’M UNDER THE GUN TO GET THE INTERVIEW AND GET READY, AND THEY AGREED TO DO IT, BUT DIDN’T WANT TO DO IT.>>JIM McMANN, HOW SERIOUS IS THIS?>>AS I TOLD ALL OF AMERICA’S MEDIA FIVE MINUTES AGO, JIM WILL BE FINE, 100%. THAT QUESTION SHOULDN’T BE ASKED AGAIN.>>ANYWAY, PROBABLY SHOULDN’T HAVE PUSHED HIM. HE DIDN’T HAVE HIS PANTS ON, FOR GOD’S SAKE.>>WE DECIDED — >>IT WAS CRAZY STUFF. BUT I’VE GOT MY PANTS ON EVENTUALLY.>>I DON’T THINK THERE WILL EVER BE A COACH LIKE HIM TALKING TO BILL BELICHICK. YOU MIGHT AS WELL BE TALKING TO A STATUE. HE IS SECRETIVE, HE IS BLAND, HIS FACIAL EXPRESSION NEVER CHANGES. I’M NOT PICKING ON BBELICHICK. THERE’S MANY OTHERS LIKE THAT. NOT DITKA.>>DITKA WAS DIFFERENT. HE WAS KICK-ASS AT THE PODIUM AND ON THE FIELD. AND TO THOSE WHO STILL DOUBTED HIM, HE HAD HAD A MESSAGE.>>I HAVE THIS PHOTO, I HAVE IT IN A POSTER IN MY HOUSE. I REMEMBER WE WERE TOGETHER AT BILL WALSH’S FUNERAL, AND COACH DITKA LEANED OVER AND SAID TO ME, LISTEN, JIM, YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE YOUR CRITICS. SCREW ‘EM. THAT’S WHAT THAT PICTURE TELLS ME.>>>COMING UP.>>DR. DITKA.>>DITKA.>>THIS IS THE REAL DEAL. HE’S HONEST, TOUGH, A MAN’S MAN. HE HAS A HEART [email protected]@@@@@@@ ♪♪>>>MIKE DITKA IS A BUSY MAN. A RADIO AND TELEVISION PERSONALITY WHO LIKES TO STICK TO A SCHEDULE.>>WHAT TIME DO WE HAVE TO BE AT THE SHOW?>>RIGHT NOW.>>COME ON, GUYS, THIS IS BULL. COME ON!>>HE’S AN ANALYST WHOSE PHILOSOPHY HASN’T CHANGED MUCH SINCE HE LEFT THE SIDELINES.>>I WOULD RUN THE FOOTBALL. YOU RUN THE FOOTBALL THREE TIMES. IF YOU GET IT IN, IT’S GOOD, IF YOU DON’T, KICK IT THROUGH THE UPRIGHT. THAT’S ALL. >>RUN THE BALL IN THERE NOW. THAT’S ALL THERE IS TO IT. YOU GO WITH YOUR FRONT LEAD OR YOUR POWER LEAD. I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU DO.>>IT REMINDS ME WHEN YOU’RE A KID SOMEBODY KNOCKS YOU ON THE DOOR AND HIT YOU IN THE FACE. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THEY DID.>>ANKLE HIM TO TEE OFF ON THE CENTER. DRILL THE CENTER. KNOCK HIS [ BLEEP ] OUT OF CENTER.>>THAT ATTITUDE WAS THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND THE 1985 BEARS. A TEAM LED BY WALTER PAYTON, JIM McMANN AND BUDDY RYAN’S 46 DEFENSE. A DEFENSE THAT STILL RESONATES TODAY.>>WHAT, ARE THEY UNBLOCKABLE? IS THAT THE ’85 BEARS OVER THERE?>>YOU CAN SEE CERTAIN GAMES WHERE SOMEONE COULD PICK BLITZES UP ON THAT 46 AND YOU GO, OH, MY GOD. ONE, TWO, THREE. THEY’RE GOING DOWN.>>EVEN IF SOMEBODY GOT OPEN DOWNFIELD, THE QUARTERBACK WAS USUALLY LAYING DOWN OR RUNNING TOWARDS.>>THE BEARS DROWNED THE LIFE OUT OF THEIR OPPONENTS, LIKE AN OVERCHEWED STICK OF GUM. THEY EMBARRASSED THE NFC’S TOP TEAMS ON THEIR WAY TO A 15 AND 1 RECORD. THEY WERE THE BLUES BROTHERS, THE GRABOWSKIS, A PERFECT REFLECTION OF THEIR COACH.>>IT WAS THE GRABOWSKIS, PACKED A LUNCH BUCKET, WENT TO WORK, AND WHEN THE JOB WAS DONE, THEY WENT HOME. THAT’S WHAT WE WERE GOING TO DO, OUTWORK PEOPLE, OUTHUSTLE PEOPLE, OUTHIT PEOPLE AND THAT’S WHAT THE GRABOWSKIS WERE GOING TO BE.>>BE SMART NOW. GO TO WORK. >>LOOK AT THE POSTSEASON WHEN THEY CAME TOGETHER LIKE NO TEAM EVER HAS. THEY GIVE UP TEN POINTS IN THREE GAMES. THEY TOYED WITH THEIR OPPONENTS.>>McMANN ROLLING LEFT, LOOKING TO DEAL. HE FIRES TOWARD THE END ZONE!>>AND THE SUPER BOWL? THE SUPER BOWL IN NEW ORLEANS, IT WAS LIKE THERE WAS ONE TEAM IN TOWN.>>WE HAVE EARNED THE RIGHT. NOW WE’VE GOT TO GO OUT AND TAKE IT AWAY.>>THE PATRIOTS WERE THE WASHINGTON GENERALS WAITING TO BE SACRIFICED TO THE GLOBETROTTERS.>>THIS DEFENSE HAS BEEN INCREDIBLE. THE KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF. FIRST AND GOAL FROM THE 1 YARD LINE. AND SCORE!>>WHEN IT WAS OVER, MIKE DITKA REIGNED AS THE KING OF CHICAGO.>>AT THAT TIME, THE BEARS COULDN’T DO A WHOLE LOT WRONG. AND NEITHER COULD I.>>WHAT IF THE BEARS — WHAT IF THEY ALL MISSED THEIR WAKE-UP CALL ON SUNDAY, AND YOU HAD TO PLAY EVERY POSITION? HOW MUCH WOULD YOU BEAT DALLAS BY?>>IT WAS ON “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE,” AND THEN IT WAS A MUSIC VIDEO. ♪ IRON MIKE ♪♪ ♪ HE DOES THE SHUFFLE HE DOES THE TOUCHDOWN HUSTLE HE’S THE SIDELINE MUSCLE ♪♪ ♪ IRON MIKE ♪♪>>THEN IT BECAME, YOU KNOW, WHAT’S THE COACH DOING? IS HE PICKING HIS NOSE? WHAT THE HELL?>>YOU WANT THIS TOO?>>IT BECAME — IT WAS RIDICULOUS.>>IT WAS DIFFICULT BEING WITH HIM, PERIOD. WE WOULD BE DANCING ON THE DANCE FLOOR, AND SOME WOMAN WOULD COME UP AND KNOCK ME OUT OF THE WAY.>>IT WAS GREAT FOR TV. I DON’T THINK THERE WAS ANYBODY EVER IN CHICAGO TELEVISION HISTORY THAT PEOPLE GLUED TO OR WANTED TO HEAR FROM, YOU KNOW. WHAT’S HE GOING TO SAY NEXT?>>YOU WERE GREAT, BUT YOU WERE RUNNING AWAY FROM PEOPLE. YOU KNOW, I DON’T KNOW. [ LAUGHTER ]>>HE HAD HIS OWN SHOW AND HIS OWN RESTAURANT. HE WAS IN HIGH DEMAND AS A MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER.>>I BELIEVE THAT ATTITUDES ARE CONTAGIOUS. IS YOURS WORTH CATCHING?>>HI, I’M MIKE DITKA.>>AND HE ENDORSED COUNTLESS PRODUCTS, INCLUDING HIS OWN.>>THIS LIMOUSINE SERVICE IS THE BEST IN TOWN. IF IT WASN’T, IT WOULDN’T HAVE MY NAME ON IT.>>I DON’T THINK THERE WAS ANYTHING HE DIDN’T ENDORSE.>>WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT?>>HE CAN’T SAY NO. PEOPLE ASK HIM TO DO THINGS AND, YEAH, SURE, I’LL DO IT.>>I THINK YOU SAY YES TO EVERYBODY.>>HE HAD MORE COMMERCIALS THAN ANY OF THE PLAYERS AND THE PLAYERS WOULD SOMETIMES COMPLAIN.>>AS DITKA’S POPULARITY SOARED, THE PLAYERS SOURED ON IRON MIKE.>>CULLBERG HAD JUST NEGOTIATED A DEAL TO DO CHUNKY SOUP. AND I’LL NEVER FORGET, DITKA COMES INTO OUR MEETING AND TELLS EVERYBODY IT’S TIME FOR US TO BACK OFF ON ALL OF THE ENDORSEMENTS AND SO JIMBO BACKED OFF. THAT YEAR WE PLAYED THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS AND SATURDAY NIGHT, THE IRON MIKE FOR CHUNKY SOUP COMMERCIAL STARTED TO RUN.>>ALFALFA SPROUTS! DEVELOP A PLAN FOR
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HELP YOU PREPARE YOUR FAMILY FOR EMERGENCIES.>>>WHAT ARE WE MAKING HERE, BEN-HUR? COME ON, GUYS, LET’S GO. IT CAN’T BE THAT [ BLEEP ] HARD!>>WE ARE LIVE AT COACH DITKA’S GOLF OUTING. LANCE BRIGGS WANTS MORE MONEY AND IF HE DOESN’T GET IT HE’S GOING TO BE A TRADE AT THE END OF THE SEASON. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT, COACH?>>WHEN YOU SIGN A CONTRACT YOU HAVE AN OBLIGATION SAYING WE’RE GOING TO PAY YOU THIS MUCH YOU MONEY OVER THIS MUCH TIME. AND THEN YOU SAY THAT CONTRACT IS NOT GOOD ANYMORE? YOU CAN’T DO IT.>>HE’S REALLY GOOD.>>IF HE’S REALLY GOOD, MAYBE HE’LL BE GOOD SOMEWHERE ELSE, TOO.>>TO MIKE DITKA, THERE IS NO HOLIER CONTRACT THAN THAT BETWEEN PLAYER AND COACH. WHEN THE PLAYERS WENT ON STRIKE DURING THE 1987 SEASON, THE CONTRACT BEGAN TO UNRAVEL.>>FOR HIM NOT TO BE A UNION GUY AND TO GO COMPANY ON YOU WAS I THINK A REAL SURPRISE TO PEOPLE.>>WELL, WHO SAID THE UNIONS ARE ALWAYS RIGHT? MY DAD DIDN’T SAY THEY WERE ALWAYS RIGHT EITHER. AND MY DAD DIDN’T DEFEND THE WORKER WHO DIDN’T WANT TO WORK. SOMEBODY SAID THE GUYS ARE GOING ON STRIKE BUT WE’RE GOING TO PLAY FOOTBALL ANYWAY, SO WE’RE GOING TO GET A BUNCH OF OTHER GUYS. YOU COACH THEM AND YOU PLAY. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO SAY?>>KOZLOWSKI, RHODENHAUSER. THEY MAY BE ANONYMOUS, BUT CONTINUE TO KEEP THE BEARS A TEAM TO BE FEARED.>>I WOULD SAY WE’RE PROBABLY A GRABOWSKI TEAM. THEY’RE PLAYING FOR THE CHICAGO BEARS, AND I’M VERY PROUD OF THEM.>>WHEN WE HAD THE LABOR PROBLEMS AND HE CALLED THE REPLACEMENTS THE REAL BEARS, THAT TURNED A LOT OF HIS GUYS COOL TO HIM.>>BECAUSE YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO. YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO [ BLEEP ] ON THE PLAYERS. IT WASN’T NECESSARY. BUT TO SAY THAT, YOU KNOW, THESE ARE MY GUYS REALLY HURT.>>JUST VERY PROUD OF THE KIDS THE WAY THEY PLAY. MY KIND OF GUYS.>>I KNOW HE LOST A LOT OF GUYS AFTER THAT.>>I HEARD ALL OF THE GUYS WHO WHINED AND COMPLAINED, YEAH. IF I LOST THEM, THAT’S FINE. THEY PROBABLY WENT SOMEWHERE ELSE.>>DITKA LOST A FEW HEARTS IN THE LOCKER ROOM. BUT A YEAR LATER, HE NEARLY LOST HIS LIFE.>>TOPPING OUR NEWS TODAY AT 4:30, THE COACH OF THE CHICAGO BEARS, MIKE DITKA, RECOVERING TONIGHT FROM A HEART ATTACK. AT THIS HOUR, COACH DITKA IS IN SERIOUS CONDITION AT LAKE FOREST HOSPITAL.>>A HEART ATTACK. I WAS WORKING OUT AND GOT DONE WORKING OUT AND I FELT BAD. I COULDN’T STOP SWEATING, FOR ONE THING. AND I WAS LUCKY THEY GOT ME TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL, BECAUSE I DIDN’T WANT TO GO. I CAN’T BE HAVING A HEART ATTACK. YOU KNOW, I’M IRON MIKE. AND HOW COULD I HAVE A HEART ATTACK? AND YOU’RE HAVING A HEART ATTACK.>>IT WAS VERY SCARY. HE WAS 48 YEARS OLD, AND I HAD NO IDEA THAT ANYTHING LIKE THAT COULD HAPPEN TO SOMEBODY THAT YOUNG.>>PROBABLY IT WAS FROM — I HAD A LITTLE BIT ON MY MIND AT THAT TIME. SO I’VE JUST GOT TO BE CAREFUL, AND I’LL CHANGE A LITTLE BIT THE WAY I EAT AND THE WAY I WORK. AND THE WAY I LIVE. SO — THAT OUGHT TO HELP A LOT.>>MIKE DITKA WAS OUT TO PROVE HE WAS NOT MAKING A MISTAKE RETURNING TO THE FIELD JUST 11 DAYS AFTER HIS HEART ATTACK.>>THE 1988 BEARS FINISHED 12 AND 4, AND IRON MIKE WAS VOTED COACH OF THE YEAR FOR A SECOND TIME. BUT THE NEW AND IMPROVED DITKA DIDN’T LAST.>>WHAT — NO, NO, NO! OH [ BLEEP ]! THE MOST MEMORABLE EXPLOSION CAME AT THE EXPENSE OF JIM HARBAUGH IN 1982.>>WE TALKED ABOUT IT ALL WEEK. WE WERE GOING TO PLAY THE VIKINGS IN THE METRODOME. SAID, LOOK, WE’RE NOT INAUDIBLE. I DON’T CARE WHAT LOOK YOU GET, WE’RE GOING TO SEND THE PLAY IN, YOU RUN IT, AND IF IT DOESN’T WORK, WE’LL TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT. BUT WE’RE NOT GOING TO EXPOSE OURSELVES TO ANY MISTAKES BECAUSE OF THE SURROUNDINGS. WELL, WE GOT INTO THE GAME, AND WOULDN’T YOU KNOW, JIM AUDIBLES.>>TO A RECEIVER POSITION. IN THE POCKET.>>THE FUNNY THING IS, IT WAS THE RIGHT PLAY TO CALL, BUT NEIL ANDERSON WHO WAS SPLIT WIDE DIDN’T HEAR THE AUDIBLE.>>HERE IT GOES! INTERCEPTION, TODD SCOTT! TOUCHDOWN, MINNESOTA. AND LOOK AT DITKA GETTING ALL OVER HARBAUGH. I’LL PARAPHRASE THERE. I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU THREW THAT BALL. I DON’T THINK HE WAS OPEN. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?>>THAT TURNED THE GAME TOTALLY AGAINST US, AND WE ENDED UP GETTING BEAT 21-20, PROBABLY ONE OF THE TOP FIVE WORST THINGS I THINK IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.>>FOR THE BEARS, THIS HAS GOT TO BE A KILLER.>>I’M GOING TO SAY ONE THING. 399 OF THE PLAYS I’VE BEEN CALM AND ONE I’VE BEEN EXCITED. YOU SON OF A [ BLEEP ] MADE A BIG DEAL OUT OF IT. THAT’S LIFE.>>COACH, I’VE RESPECTED YOU.>>THAT’S THE FIRST TIME I’VE EVER BEEN CALLED THAT GAME.>>GOOD. I’M GLAD YOU RESPECTED ME. ANYTHING ELSE? I TOOK IT TOO HARD. I PUT TOO MUCH PRESSURE PROBABLY ON TOO MUCH PEOPLE. AND PEOPLE FORGET I DID THE SAME THING IN ’84 AND ’85 AND IT WORKED. AND FOR THAT I WAS A GENIUS. BUT ALL OF A SUDDEN NOW I WAS A BULLY.>>AS THE LOSSES MOUNTED, THE COACH WHO WORE HIS HEART ON HIS SLEEVE COULDN’T KEEP HIS EMOTIONS IN CHECK.>>THE SHOUTING MATCHES ON THE SIDELINES SCARED THE HELL OUT OF ME A LOT, JUST BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, THE PERSONALITY. BUT THAT’S HOW WE FELT. WE STUNK.>>WE STINK. WE ARE ABSOLUTELY AN ATROCIOUS FOOTBALL TEAM AT THIS POINT RIGHT NOW. I DON’T KNOW IF WE’RE CAPABLE OF WINNING ANOTHER FOOTBALL GAME. I DON’T THINK WE ARE AT THIS POINT. WE’LL KEEP TRYING. IF THEY LET ME TRY, I’LL TRY. [ BLEEP ] PROBABLY DOING SOMETHING ELSE. THAT’S ALL.>>ULTIMATELY, THE BEARS DECIDED TO PART WITH THEIR COACH OF 11 YEARS.>>I’VE HAD MY RUN-INS WITH YOU GUYS, AND I’VE HAD A LOT OF SUPPORT FROM YOU. I APPRECIATE AND THANK YOU. I THANK THE FANS. YOU KNOW, THE BEARS WILL COME BACK. DON’T WORRY ABOUT THAT. IT’S PRETTY HARD TO ERASE 17 YEARS. THIS TOO SHALL PASS.>>WE LOVE YOU, MIKE!>>OKAY, OKAY. FELLAS — BE CAREFUL. YOU’RE GOING TO FALL THROUGH — YOU’RE GOING TO GET HURT AND THEN I’M GOING TO GET SUED AND THEN THEY’RE GOING TO BLAME ME. AND I’M NOT THE CAUSuAAI=19ñS NOW WHAT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW? IF I SAY I’M NOT DEPRESSED, ACCIDENT I WOULD BE A LIAR. THIS IS THE GREATEST CITY IN AMERICA FOR SPORTS. BUT SOME DAY I MIGHT HAVE TO COME BACK AS AN OPPONENT. THANK YOU. HAPPY NEW YEAR.>>DITKA RETURNED FIVE YEARS LATER AS THE HEAD COACH OF THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS. THE HEAD AND HEART WERE THERE. THE TALENT WASN’T.>>PATRIOTS SPLITS HIM OFF THE CORONER, AND HE HAS THROWN IT RIGHT TO THE DEFENSIVE LINEMAN.>>LIKE I SAID, WE DID HAVE A FEW TOO MANY QUARTERBACKS AT TIMES AND THEN WHEN YOU HAVE TOO MANY, YOU DON’T HAVE ONE.>>THAT’S A SHAME, MAN. THAT’S A SHAME. THAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN WHEN YOU PLAY PEOPLE THAT CAN’T PLAY. THAT WILL HAPPEN.>>WE’VE HAD SOME BAD LUCK, BUT, YOU KNOW, BEFORE YOU HAVE A RAINBOW, YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE A LITTLE RAIN.>>IN A FIT OF DESPERATION, DITKA TRADED ALL OF HIS 1999 DRAFT PICKS FOR RICKY WILLIAMS, A THROWBACK RUNNER WHO REMINDED DITKA OF HIMSELF.>>THIS IS MY REASONING. WHETHER IT’S RIGHT OR WRONG. I THOUGHT THE NEW ORLEANS NEEDED A GUY TO MARKET. AND HE WOULD BE A GOOD PLAYER. WAS IT GIVING UP TOO MUCH? ABSOLUTELY. ABSOLUTELY IT WAS GIVING UP TOO MUCH. BUT I THOUGHT WE NEEDED ONE GUY TO BUILD THE TEAM AROUND. I THOUGHT HE COULD BE THE GUY.>>SO IF WE’RE WRONG, THROW STICKS AND STONES AT US. BUT IF WE’RE RIGHT, WHICH I KNOW WE’RE RIGHT, SO WE’LL JUST SEE WHAT HAPPENS.>>ALTHOUGH THEIR UNION WAS MORE SIDESHOW THAN SUCCESS, THE OLD-SCHOOL COACH HAD AN IMPACT ON RICKY WILLIAMS.>>IT WAS A GREAT LESSON IN TOUGHNESS AT A VERY YOUNG POINT IN MY CAREER. I REMEMBER I HAD A TURF TOE INJURY AND ENDED UP MISSING FOUR GAMES. I THOUGHT HE WAS JUST GOING TO SIT OUT THE REST OF THE SEASON. AND HE CALLED ME INTO HIS OFFICE AND HE WENT ON TO SAY, WHEN HE PLAYED, THERE WAS NO SUCH THING AS TURF TOE. NEEDLESS TO SAY, AFTER THAT TALK, I ENDED UP PLAYING IN THE LAST TWO GAMES.>>DITKA ALWAYS HAD IN THE BACK OF HIS MIND, RICKY WILLIAMS CAN BE MY WALTER PAYTON. RICKY WILLIAMS WAS NOT WALTER PAYTON. NEW ORLEANS WAS NOT CHICAGO. THERE WAS NOTHING ABOUT IT THAT ♪♪>>>TODAY I’M PROUD TO SAY TO THE 1985 BEARS, WELCOME TO THE WHITE HOUSE FOR THIS WELL-DESERVED AND LONG OVERDUE RECOGNITION. [ APPLAUSE ]>>THEY WERE, OF COURSE, LED BY THE COACH WHO SET THE TONE. HALL OF FAMER, MIKE DITKA. BACK IN 2004, WHEN I WAS RUNNING FOR THE SENATE, SOME PEOPLE WERE TRYING TO DRAFT DITKA TO RUN AGAINST ME. I WILL ADMIT, I WAS A LITTLE WORRIED. BECAUSE HE DOESN’T LOSE.>>WELL, HE WAS TEA PARTY GUY YEARS BEFORE PEOPLE WERE EVEN THINKING ABOUT TEA.>>HE WILL MAKE A GREAT VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU, SO MUCH. AND TO THE GOOD GOVERNOR, AND, OF COURSE, TO THE COACH, MIKE DITKA. THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>DITKA’S LARGER-THAN-LIFE PERSONALITY STILL RESONATES TODAY. HE IS STILL BLUNT AND OUTSPOKEN, AND STILL VERY MUCH OF IN DEMAND AS A SPEAKER, ENDORSER AND ACT TORE.>>YOU’RE MY ASSISTANT, OKAY? YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BACK ME UP AND GO GET ME JUICE BOXES WHEN I TELL YOU. NOW GO GET ME A JUICE BOX.>>DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU’RE TALKING TO!>>I’M TALKING TO JUICE BOX GUY.>>YOU’RE CRAZY!>>I’M NOT CRAZY, I’M JUST THIRSTY.>>WELL, YOU GO TO HELL.>>NO, YOU GO TO HELL, AND WHILE YOU’RE THERE, WHY DON’T YOU GRAB ME A JUICE BOX!>>I’M NO JUICE BOX BOY, I’LL TELL YOU THAT.>>YES YOU ARE!>>NO I’M NOT. >>YES YOU ARE!>>NO I’M NOT.>>WOULD YOU CALL HIM JUICE BOX BOY?>>WOULD YOU?>>PEOPLE EMBRACE HIM, BECAUSE HE IS WHO HE IS. AND HE’S APPROACHABLE, HE’S VERY HONEST. AND I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYONE AT HIS LEVEL OR STATURE REALLY EVER CONNECT WITH THE PEOPLE THE WAY THAT MIKE HAS OVER THE COURSE OF TIME.>>WHAT’S UP, COACH?>>ALL RIGHT.>>NEED YOU BACK COACHING.>>WE KNOW.>>LET’S GET ANOTHER QUESTION FROM THE AUDIENCE FOR COACH.>>I’M BRIAN. COACH, MY WIFE IS FIVE MONTHS PREGNANT. AND I NEED TO KNOW THIS. MAY I NAME MY FIRST BOY CHILD DITKA?>>OH. THAT’S OKAY WITH ME. BUT HE’S LIABLE TO BE REALLY PISSED OFF AT YOU.>>DA COACH HAS DEFINITELY WALKED A FINE LINE BETWEEN BEING BLUE COLLAR AND BEING A BLUE BLOOD.>>HE’S A GRABOWSKI, YEAH, BUT BELONGS TO EXCLUSIVE GOLF CLUBS AND OWNS RESTAURANTS. I DON’T THINK HE FLIES COACH. SO IT’S NOT LIKE HE’S SLUGGING IT OUT FOR HIS NEXT BUCK.>>IF HE WAS ONE LIVING HIGH ON THE HOG FROM THE SPORT OF FOOTBALL AND DIDN’T GIVE BACK, MAYBE THERE’S A CONTRADICTION THERE.>>AS THE FACE OF GRIDIRON GREATS, DITKA IS A PASSIONATE ADVOCATE ON BEHALF OF RETIRED PLAYERS WHO HAVE FALLEN ON HARD TIMES. THE ORGANIZATION PROVIDES FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO FORMER PROS WHO NEED MEDICAL CARE AND OTHER BASIC NECESSITIES.>>YOU THANK THE WORLD, THOUGH. BECAUSE HE WAS A GUY WHO STEPPED UP. HE WAS A GUY WHO GOT IN FRONT OF THE CAMERAS AND SAID, HEY, THIS IS WRONG.>>EVERY TIME WE TRY TO DO SOMETHING, SOMEBODY POINTS AT THE FINGER AT US AND SAYS YOU’RE WRONG. OR SOMEBODY FROM THE NFL PA SAYS YOU CAN’T DO THAT. WHY CAN’T WE DO IT? WHAT’S WRONG WITH IT? WHY HAVEN’T YOU DONE IT? WHY HAVEN’T YOU CARED ENOUGH TO DO SOMETHING? I WATCHED JOHN MACKE GO FROM, YOU KNOW, FROM A REGULAR GUY DOWN TO WHERE HE WAS A KID.>>DOUG ATKINS WAS LIVING IN A TRAILER IN TENNESSEE, CAN’T EVEN PAY HIS ELECTRIC BILL, HAS NO MONEY. I DON’T KNOW HOW HE IS LIVING, IF YOU WANT TO CALL THAT LIVING. IT’S NOT LIVING, REALLY.>>EVERY TIME HE SEES ONE OF THEM, I KNOW THAT HE’S THINKING, THANK GOD THAT’S NOT ME. BUT PHYSICALLY, HE’S A WRECK.>>I’M ALL RIGHT. IF I HAD TWO NEW KNEES, I WOULD BE GREAT.>>I MEAN, I DON’T KNOW WHAT ELSE YOU COULD REPLACE ON THE GUY. THAT WALK IS CLASSIC.>>I’VE HAD FOUR HIP REPLACEMENTS. I PROBABLY NEED A SHOULDER DONE. I’M GETTING A LITTLE FORGETFUL. BUT, YOU KNOW, IT DOESN’T — IT’S PART OF THE GAME.>>HE’S IRON MIKE. I’LL SAY, ARE YOU HURTING? I’M IRON MIKE. I DON’T HURT. HE’S HURTING.>>FOOTBALL DOESN’T OWE ME ANYTHING. I OWE MY WHOLE LIFE TO FOOTBALL. IF SOMEBODY SAID, OKAY, HERE’S WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN TO YOU WHEN YOU’RE 72, YOU’RE GOING TO FEEL THIS WAY, WILL YOU PLAY THE GAME? I WOULD SAY ABSOLUTELY I’LL PLAY THE GAME. I WOULD EVEN PLAY IT HARDER THAN I PLAYED IT. ♪♪>>>MIKE DITKA PLAYED AND COACHED AS HARD AS ANYONE IN NFL HISTORY.>>I’VE NEVER KNOWN ANYBODY QUITE LIKE MIKE DITKA. HE WAS ONE OF A KIND. HE’S THE EPITOME OF WHAT CHICAGO WANTED IN A FOOTBALL PLAYER AND A FOOTBALL COACH.>>DITKA STOOD FOR MORE THAN, YOU KNOW, WINNING AND LOSING. HE JUST HAD THAT LITTLE LOOK ABOUT HIM THAT SAID, WE’RE GOING TO KICK SOME BUTT TODAY, BUT WE’RE ALSO GOING TO HAVE A LITTLE FUN DOING IT. AND WE’RE GOING TO SHARE IT WITH YOU, THE FANS.>>THERE JUST AREN’T ENOUGH PEOPLE LIKE MIKE DITKA IN THE WORLD. THEIR EDGES HAVE BEEN SANDED OFF.>>REMEMBER THIS EVERYWHERE YOU GO. THERE YOU ARE. SEE THE SAME PEOPLE GOING UP AS YOU DO COMING DOWN.>>I THINK SINATRA SAID IT PRETTY GOOD. REGRET THAT I HAD A FEW, BUT THEN AGAIN, TOO FEW TO MENTION. I THINK YOU ALWAYS HAVE A FEW REGRETS. BUT IF YOU LIVE IN THE PAST, YOU DIE IN THE PAST. I’M NOT GOING TO GO BACK AND REHASH ALL OF THE STUFF THAT PEOPLE WANT TO REHASH. WHY DIDN’T YOU DO THIS, WHY DIDN’T YOU WIN MORE? I DON’T WANT TO DO THAT. I MEAN, YOU’VE GOT TO LIVE IN THE MOMENT. I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU HAVE EVER DONE IN YOUR LIFE. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO DO NOW OR WHAT YOU CAN DO. THE PAST IS HISTORY. TOMORROW IS A MYSTERY.>>>THERE’S AN OLD QUOTE BY GRANT RICE AND HE’S TALKING ABOUT CLASS, AND HE SAID CLASS IS A VERY HARD THING TO DEFINE. IT COULD BE THE SWING AND FLUTTER OF A BAT IT COULD BE THE LIFT OF A THOROUGHBRED, IT COULD BE THE FLICK OF A QUARTERBACK’S ARM. BUT HE SAID ONCE YOU SEE IT, YOU NEVER FORGET. TOM LANDRY WAS CLASS.>>HE MIGHT BE THE FINEST QUARTERBACK PRODUCED. >>THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES SELECT DONOVAN McNABB.>>FORTUNATELY FOR ME — >>FOOTBALL CONVINCED ME THAT LIFE IS A GAME. >>IT IS A GAME FOR MEN.>>THIS IS THE FINAL GAME ON THE SIDELINE FOR A GREAT COACH. >>I WANT TO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR MAKING MY DAY IN THE SUN SO MEMORABLE.>>FOR 29 YEARS, TOM LANDRY WAS THE ONLY COACH THE DALLAS COWBOYS EVER HAD. BUT LANDRY WAS ALWAYS MORE THAN A FOOTBALL COACH. HE WAS A SYMBOL AND AN ICON WHO FLOATED IN THE TWILIGHT BETWEEN MAN AND MYTH.>>A LOT OF PEOPLE LOOKED UP TO HIM AS MT. LANDRY IN A CRAZY CRUMBLING WORLD. PEOPLE LOOKED TO THAT SILHOUETTE SHOT AS SOMETHING THEY BELIEVED IN, THAT THEY COULD HANG THEIR HATS ON, AND HE BECAME ICONIC IN SORT OF MID-CAREER.>>THE HOLE IN TEXAS STADIUM IS NOT AS BIG AS THE HOLE IN ANY THEORY THAT ATTEMPTS TO EXPLAIN TOM LANDRY, THE MOST PERPLEXING PERSONALITY IN THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE. NO ONE HAS PENETRATED THE GUN FIGHTER’S STARE, THE GRIM FACE THAT MAKES HIM LOOK LIKE A REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF THE FBI OR A BROODING HAMLET. >>TO ME HE WAS BIGGER THAN LIFE. HE LET US KNOW THAT HE WAS HERE AND WE WERE THERE, AND WE ARE LOOKING UP TO HIM. WHATEVER HE SAID WAS THE GOSPEL.>>HE WAS THE ROCK. AND HE BECAME, FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE, GOD-LIKE. ALMOST A FOOTBALL GOD ON EARTH FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE.>>BUT WHO WAS HE? AND HOW DID THE LEGEND COME TO BE?>>I THINK YOU HAVE TO START WITH THE MAN IN THE HAT. THAT WAS THE HOOK. YOU SEE, TOM LANDRY LOOKING LIKE A CORPORATION EXECUTIVE FROM “MAD MEN” OR SOMETHING. >>LOOK GOOD? OH, HELL YES.>>HE FELT LIKE IF HE WORE A COAT AND TIE THAT HE WOULDN’T BE AS EMOTIONAL. ANYBODY CAN HANDLE IT WHEN THE SHIP IS REAL CALM. >>THIS IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT. >>THIS IS A KILLER. >>BUT CAN YOU BE A CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP WHEN THE SEAS ARE IN TURMOIL. >>STAUBACH THROWING IN THE END ZONE. CODY HILL, TOUCHDOWN! OH, THE STADIUM GOES WILD!>>YOU GET MAD WHEN COMMENTATORS STATE THAT YOU DON’T SEEM TO BE HAVING TOO MUCH FUN COACHING IN THE NFL. >>NO, I REALLY DON’T FEEL THAT WAY. YOU CONCENTRATE AND YOU’RE NOT SMILING A WHOLE LOT. I ENJOY SMILING BUT I DON’T ENJOY IT ON THE SIDELINE. I’M ALL BUSINESS. >>HE DIDN’T SHOW THEM ANYTHING VERY HUMAN. HE SEEMED UNCARING AND UNFEELING. A LOT OF THEM DIDN’T LIKE HIM WHEN THEY PLAYED FOR HIM. >>IT DOESN’T DO ANY GOOD TALKING TO TOM LANDRY BECAUSE HE’S SO PLASTIC. I DON’T KNOW, IT’S JUST LIKE HE’S NOT A MAN AT ALL. >>TOM LANDRY NEVER WALKED UP TO ME ONCE AND SAYS HOW YA DOING?>>TO HIM IT’S JUST LANDRY. >>THE SHADOW FIGURE WITH THE FEDORA ON. THAT COULD HAVE BEEN WHAT WAS IN THERE, THAT SHADOW, AND JUST A VOICE COMING FROM BEHIND IT, BECAUSE THERE WAS NOTHING THERE.>>IT’S JUST VERY DIFFICULT TO HAVE A VERY CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH A PLAYER. IF YOU DO, THEN YOU’RE PROBABLY NOT OFFERING HIM THE BEST THAT YOU CAN.>>IT WAS SAID LANDRY COULD WIN A STARING CONTEST WITH MT. RUSHMORE. ONE STONE-FACED LOOK SPOKE MORE THAN A THOUSAND WORDS. >>HE’D GET THAT SQUARE-JAWED LOOK AND HE’D LOOK AT YOU. IT WOULD GET YOUR ATTENTION. >>STAUBACH, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING? HE WOULDN’T SAY THAT. HE WOULDN’T SAY HELL EVEN. HE WOULD JUST GIVE ME THAT LOOK.>>WE WERE PLAYING THE NEW YORK GIANTS. I CAUGHT A TOUCHDOWN AND I GOT SO EXCITED THROWING THE BALL IN THE STANDS AND LANDED WRONG ON MY KNEE. COACH LANDRY WITH HIS ARMS FOLDED DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING, HE JUST GAVE ME THE LOOK. ON THEIR NEXT SERIES, MY KNEE IS KILLING ME, IT’S ALREADY SWOLLED UP AND I’VE GOT TO GO BACK OUT THERE. COACH LANDRY CALLED A PASS PLAY AND IT WASN’T JUST A QUICK OUT OR SLANT, IT WAS A POST PATTERN DEEP. I KNOW WHY HE CALLED IT AND I KNOW WHAT HE’S DOING HERE. AND SO I LIMP THROUGH THAT ROUTE. >>STAUBACH, HE WANTS TO THROW. LOOKS DEEP, FIRES WAY DOWNFIELD. HE’S OPEN AND HAS THE TOUCHDOWN.>>IT WAS CALCULATED. FOR HIM TO BE THE TYPE OF COACH THAT HE HAD TO BE, HE HAD TO HAVE THAT FACADE TO BE TOM LANDRY.>>MEET THE 1951 FOOTBALL GIANTS. BILL STRIB LING AND TOM LANDRY. >>BEFORE HE WORE THE TRADEMARK FEDORA, TOM LANDRY WORE A HELMET FOR THE NEW YORK GIANTS. >>LANDRY BLOCKS THE KICK FOR POINT WITH HIS FACE. >>HE WAS A GREAT PUNTER. HE WAS ONE OF THE VERY BEST PUNTERS THAT EVER CAME ALONG AND HE WAS ALSO A VERY, VERY GOOD DEFENSIVE BACK, ALTHOUGH HE LACKED SPEED. HE MADE UP FOR HIS LACK OF SPEED BY HIS GREAT KNOWLEDGE THROUGH STUDYING FILM AT THAT TIME. >>THIS TIME IT’S INTERCEPTED BY LANDRY AND TOMMY TAKES OFF. 51 YARDS TO THE END ZONE.>>LANDRY WAS A GOOD PLAYER, FOR THE SAME REASON HE WOULD BECOME A GREAT COACH. HE WAS THE SMARTEST MAN ON THE FIELD. >>NICE GOING, TOM.>>BY THE AGE OF 30, HE WAS A PLAYER/COACH AND THE GIANTS UNOFFICIAL DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR.>>IT WAS ALWAYS YOU BEAT YOUR OFFENSIVE TACKLE OR SOMETHING AND THE PLAY IS OVER, HUH-UH, NOT WITH LANDRY. EVERYBODY HAD A RESPONSIBILITY. ONE TIME HE INTERCEPTED A PASS AND RETURNED IT FOR A TOUCHDOWN.>>LANDRY WAS TACKLED.>>I THOUGHT IT WAS PRETTY GOOD. I CAME OVER TO THE SIDELINE AND HE SAID YOU WERE OUT OF POSITION. THAT BROKE THE LANDRY DEFENSE, AND YOU JUST DIDN’T DO THAT.>>COMPETITION IS THE THING THAT I MISS MOST OF NOT PLAYING. YOU DON’T GET A CHANCE TO DRAIN OFF THAT EMOTION AS A COACH. YOU STAND THERE AND YOU WATCH AND YOU SUFFER.>>IN 1954, LANDRY MET HIS COUNTERPART IN OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR VINCE LOMBARDI. BOTH MEN SERVED UNDER HEAD COACH JIM LEE HOWELL.>>WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT TODAY, YOU THINK, BOY, TOM LANDRY COACHING THE DEFENSE AND VINCE LOMBARDI COACHING THE OFFENSE. HOW IN THE WORLD COULD THEY COME UP WITH SOMETHING LIKE THAT. JIM LEE PUMPED UP THE FOOTBALL AND GOT OUT OF THE WAY. >>WHEN WE SCRIMMAGED, IT WAS LIKE A GAME AND WE NEVER LET THEM SCORE. >>THE GIANTS HAD ONE OF THE GREAT DEFENSES IN PRO FOOTBALL HISTORY IN THE LATE ’50s, AND LANDRY HELPED BRING THAT ABOUT. AND BECAUSE OF THAT, THERE WAS ALWAYS THIS COMPETITIVENESS BETWEEN LOMBARDI AND LANDRY. >>THE STYLE WAS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. LOMBARDI WAS MORE VOCAL. HE DIDN’T MIND CHEWING YOU OUT AS A PLAYER. HE DIDN’T MIND GETTING IN YOUR FACE. >>COME ON, GET TO THE SPOT AND DO IT RIGHT. >>WHEREAS TOM, YOU COULD HARDLY HEAR HIM. >>STACK A LITTLE BIT MORE AND YOUR TIMING WILL BE BETTER, IF YOU’LL STACK A LITTLE BIT MORE ON THE GUARD. >>HE WAS LIKE A MATH TEACHER. HE HAD CALCULATED THIS DOWN TO THE LOWEST POSSIBLE PERCENTAGE OF FAILING. THEY WERE SO DIFFERENT, AND YET THEY WERE SO ALIKE IN MAKING YOU BELIEVE IN THEIR SYSTEM.>>VINCE WAS VERY DEVOUT CATHOLIC, TOM WAS A VERY DEVOUT PROTESTANT. THEY DIDN’T GO TO CHURCH TOGETHER BUT THEY SHOWED UP ON SUNDAY TOGETHER AND CONSEQUENTLY WE TOOK A LOUSY FOOTBALL TEAM AND ULTIMATELY WON THE NFL CHAMPIONSHIP IN ’56.>>WHEN LOMBARDI WENT TO GREEN BAY, I KNOW THAT THEY EXCHANGED PLAYBOOKS.>>WERE THEY FRIENDS? YES. WERE THEY ANTAGONISTS? YEAH. ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD. DID HE RESPECT TOM LANDRY? LOMBARDI USED TOM LANDRY’S DEFENSE ALL THE TIME HE WAS COACHING. THERE WAS NO OTHER RESPECT THAN THAT. >>LOMBARDI RAN LANDRY’S FOUR-THREE DEFENSE IN GREEN BAY AND WON FIVE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. BUT WHEN LANDRY BECAME HEAD COACH IN DALLAS IN 1960, HE SCRAPPED LOMBARDI’S OFFENSE AND CREATED HIS OWN. >>START WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO END UP ON A DOUBLE SHIFT, SEE. THAT WAY YOU CAN LOOK AT YOUR SITUATION BEFORE YOU SHIFT THE FIRST TIME.>>COACH LANDRY HAS GOT THE MOST COMPLICATED FUTURISTIC OFFENSE IN THE LEAGUE. COACH LOMBARDI HAS THE MOST SIMPLE OFFENSE THAT WE EVER PLAYED, EXEMPT IT WAS HARD TO BEAT THEM. >>TWO YEARS IN A ROW, THE COWBOYS AND THE PACKERS MET FOR THE NFL CHAMPIONSHIP. BOTH GAMES CAME DOWN TO ONE PLAY, FROM THE 1 YARD LINE. IN 1966, LANDRY TRIED TO OUTSMART LOMBARDI AND LOST.>>FAKES THE BALL, ROLLS OUT TO THE RIGHT. HE’S GOING TO BE NAILED! IT’S INTERCEPTED IN THE END ZONE!>>IN THE ICE BOWL A YEAR LATER, LOMBARDI RAN THE MOST BASIC PLAY IN FOOTBALL, AND WON.>>COME ON, WATCH THE KEEPER NOW.>>STARR BEGINS THE COUNT, TAKES THE SNAP. HE DOES THE QUARTERBACK SNEAK, HE’S IN FOR THE TOUCHDOWN. THE GREEN BAY PACKERS ARE GOING TO BE WORLD CHAMPIONS FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR. >>IT REALLY, REALLY HURT HIM. ONE REFERENCE TO IT, YOU CAN LOOK AT THE COWBOY PLAYERS, THEY’RE THE ONE WITH THE BROKEN HEARTS AND FROZEN FINGERS. >>LANDRY NEVER DID BEAT LOMBARDI’S PACKERS, BUT HE OUTLASTED HIM BY TWO DECADES. UP NEXT, TOM>>>LANDRY’S EARLY YEARS WERE BRUTAL. >>THE COWBOYS ARE VICTIMS OF PASS RUSTLING AGAIN IN THE THIRD STANZA AND AGAIN THE CULPRIT IS RAY NITZKE. >>WHEN TOM LANDRY BECAME HEAD COACH OF THE EXPANSION COWBOYS IN 1960, HE WAS NOT AN OVERNIGHT SUCCESS. >>IN THAT FIRST SEASON, NO WINS, 11 LOSSES, ONE TIE. YOU’RE IN THE DESERT.>>NONE OF US GOT ALONG WITH COACH LANDRY VERY WELL. HE WAS TRYING TO TEACH US A SYSTEM THAT WE DIDN’T UNDERSTAND, AND HE’D ALWAYS TELL US JUST TO BELIEVE. DON’T THINK, JUST DO WHAT I TELL YOU TO DO. >>RIGHT OVER THE TOP OF THEM HEAD ON, TAKE OFF, RIGHT THROUGH THAT GAP, LET’S GO. >>THIS IS THE SYSTEM. THIS IS HOW THE SYSTEM WILL WORK. AND ANY TIME THE GAME ON THE FIELD FELL SHORT OF THE PICTURE IN TOM LANDRY’S MIND, IT HAD TO BE AGONIZING TO HIM.>>AT HOME, LANDRY’S COWBOYS PLAYED TO CROWDS OF 5,000 AND WENT SIX YEARS WITHOUT A WINNING SEASON.>>WHAT DO YOU THINK IS WRONG WITH THE COWBOYS?>>WELL, I JUST THINK THAT THEY DON’T KNOW HOW TO GET ALONG WITH HIM IS MY OPINION. >>WHAT’S THE QUESTION THAT YOU WOULD ASK THE OWNER?>>I’D CLEAN HOUSE, THAT’S WHAT I’D DO. >>IF IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN A TEAM THAT LONG TO SUCCEED IN A LATER ERA, THE COACH WOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED. >>HE NEVER QUESTIONED HIS ABILITY. HE WOULD SET A GOAL AND HE WOULD WORK HARD TO ACHIEVE IT. >>HE WAS FIERCELY COMPETITIVE. THE GOOD THING IS, THOUGH, HE COULD FORGET ABOUT THE LOSS AND GO ON TO THE NEXT THING. >>THE GREATEST THING ABOUT COMPETITIVE ATHLETICS IS IT TEACHES US HOW TO MEET DEFEAT, NOT TO MEET VICTORY. I THINK ONLY THROUGH DEFEAT IS CHARACTER BUILT. >>TOM LANDRY IS BUILDING FROM THE GROUND UP, BUT HE WAS RESOLUTE. HE WAS A PRODUCT OF THAT GREATEST GENERATION. PEOPLE WHO THOUGHT AND ACTED IN TERMS OF SACRIFICE FOR THE GREATER GOOD.>>TOM LANDRY WAS A B-17 PILOT IN WORLD WAR II. HE HAD BEEN THROUGH SOMETHING BIGGER THAN FOOTBALL. AND THAT WAS THE WAR. THAT WAS ALMOST BEING KILLED. >>ONE TIME WHEN HE WAS COMING BACK, THE ENGINES QUIT OVER ENEMY TERRITORY AND THEY ALL GOT UP, GOT THEIR PARACHUTES ON, THEY WERE GOING TO BAIL OUT. >>THEY’RE GOING DOWN AS P.O.W.s. >>SOMETHING HE TOLD ME JUST MADE HIM STOP AND TURN TO THE INSTRUMENT PANEL. THERE’S A LEVER THAT LEANED THE GAS UP, TURNED AND MOVED IT UP AND THE ENGINES ALL CAUGHT. >>WORLD WAR II COULDN’T BREAK TOM LANDRY’S STOIC FACADE, BUT SIX YEARS OF LOSING SEASONS FINALLY DID. >>AFTER THE GAME COACH LANDRY SAID YOU KNOW, YOU GUYS HAVE GIVEN ME 110%. I COULDN’T ASK FOR A BETTER BUNCH OF MEN TO PLAY FOR ME. HE SAID I FEEL LIKE I’VE LET YOU DOWN AND THEN HE ACTUALLY STARTED CRYING. >>I THINK THAT’S WHEN ALL OF US REALLY KNEW HOW MUCH THIS MEANT TO COACH LANDRY, BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, TO SEE A GROWN MAN CRY, IT CAUGHT ALL OF US BY SURPRISE AND MADE US WANT TO WIN FOR THIS MAN.>>LET’S MOVE FAST, QUICK LIKE WE DID LAST WEEK AND EVERYTHING IS ALL RIGHT, READY? CUT, CUT.>>LANDRY’S TEARS WERE THE TURNING POINT. THE COACH HAD CONNECTED WITH HIS PLAYERS AND THE COWBOYS BECAME CONTENDERS. BUT FOR FIVE STRAIGHT YEARS, DALLAS FELL SHORT IN THE POSTSEASON.>>I CAN REMEMBER BEING THE BRIDES MAID IN THE NFL. NEXT YEAR’S CHAMPION, CAN’T WIN THE BIG ONE. >>THAT WAS KILLING HIM. YOU KNEW INSIDE OF HIM IT HAD TO HURT HIM AND BE PAINFUL. >>IT MUST HAVE BEEN GALLING TO KNOW HOW GOOD THEY WERE AND HOW CLOSE THEY WERE. >>YOU CAN’T IMAGINE HOW IT FEELS. YOU’VE NEVER SUFFERED WITH US LIKE WE SUFFERED. >>THEN THEY GET TO SUPER BOWL V AND THEY’RE BETTER THAN THE COLTS BUT EVERYTHING GOES WRONG.>>IT’S THE BLUNDER BOWL. TIPPED PASSES, TURNOVERS. >>WAYNE THOMAS FUMBLED THAT FOOTBALL AND THE BALTIMORE COLTS RECOVERED.>>THEY SAY THE COWBOYS CAN NOT WIN THE BIG ONE. DALLAS SHOULD HAVE BEEN WELL AHEAD.>>IN MY FIRST YEARS, WE HAD KEYS FOR EVERY PASS WE HAD. KEY MAG WHICH IS MIDDLE LINEBACKER, IF THE WEAK SAFETY GOES WEAK, THEN GO STRONG. ON PAPER THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT YOU NEED TO DO BUT THEY WERE TOO COMPLICATED. YOU’VE DROPPING BACK AND HAVE A SECOND, SECOND AND A HALF, YOU’VE ONLY GOT SO MUCH TIME. >>ALL RIGHT, LET’S GO, TIME-OUT. >>IN 1971, THE NFL’S MOST BRILLIANT COACH DID THE HARDEST THING. HE DUMBED DOWN HIS OWN SYSTEM.>>HE CHANGED AND MADE IT A LOT MORE FLEXIBLE, SIMPLIFIED IT. >>WHEN LANDRY FREED UP STAUBACH, THE COWBOYS WON THEIR FINAL NINE GAMES AND ROLLED INTO SUPER BOWL VI.>>STAUBACH DROPS BACK TO PASS, PASS TO THE END ZONE, TOUCHDOWN! INTO THE HANDS OF MIKE DITKA. >>HE’S BACK TO PASS, BACK TO THE 20 YARD LINE, BACK TO THE 15, STILL BEING CHASED TO THE 10, HE’S GOT HIM.>>WHAT DO YOU THINK, COACH?>>I THINK IT’S PRETTY NICE. >>CONGRATULATIONS. I’M REALLY HAPPY FOR YOU. >>I DON’T THINK HE EXPECTED THE PLAYERS TO PICK HIM UP. THAT WAS ONE OF THE HIGH POINTS. THEY THOUGHT THAT MUCH OF HIM. >>THAT MIGHT HAVE MADE BE HAPPIER THAN WINNING THE GAME TO SEE A BIG, HUGE SMILE.>>LIKE AN EXORCISM, YOU KNOW, HE FINALLY GOT THE DEMONS OUT OF HIM. >>YOU THINK THIS NOW TAKES THE ONUS OFF WE CAN’T WIN THE BIG ONE ANYMORE?>>I WOULD THINK SO. >>ALL OF US WERE SO HAPPY FOR COACH LANDRY BECAUSE WE KNEW WHERE THIS MAN HAD BEEN AND HOW HE HAD STOOD UP FOR US.>>FOR THE GUY THAT WORE THE HAT, THIS IS FOR THE GUY THAT ANY OTHER DISASTER. GET A KIT, MAKE A PLAN,
BE INFORMED. VISIT READY.GOV.>>>TOM LANDRY WAS AN ENGINEER BY EDUCATION. WHEN HE DREW ON THE BOARD, IT WAS SO PRECISE. HE WOULD DRAW THE FEET OF THE PLAYERS WHEN THEY’D STEP. >>COACH LANDRY PREPARED EVERY OFFENSE AND EVERY DEFENSIVE GAME PLAN. I’VE NEVER SEEN ANY COACH, YOU KNOW, DO THAT.>>TOM LANDRY’S MIND WAS CONSTANTLY AT WORK. IN NEW YORK, HE DREW UP THE FOUR-THREE DEFENSE, STILL A STANDARD OVER 50 YEARS LATER. IN DALLAS, HE KEPT INNOVATING.>>EVERYTHING IN DEFENSE AND OFFENSE IS EVOLUTION. AS WE MOVED INTO THE ’60s, THE OFFENSES WERE ABLE TO INFLUENCE THE FOUR-THREE AND KEEP US FROM DOING THE THINGS WE DID IN THE ’50s. >>ONE OF THE WEAKNESSES OF THE FOUR-THREE DEFENSE WAS THE ABILITY FOR GUARDS OR EVEN TIGHT ENDS ON A DOUBLE TEAM BLOCK TO COME IN AND GET TO THE MIDDLE LINEBACKER AND SEAL THAT OFF. >>WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO GET IS A SEAL HERE AND A SEAL HERE AND TRY TO RUN THIS PLAY IN THE ALLEY. >>COACH LANDRY’S FLEX DEFENSE WAS DESIGNED WITH THE INTENT, NUMBER ONE, OF KEEPING THE MIDDLE LINEBACKER FREE. >>WE PROTECT THE MIDDLE LINEBACKER. WE’VE GOT TO KEEP THE BIG MEN OFF OF HIM A LITTLE BIT, AND WE THINK THE FLEX DOES THAT. >>FUMBLES THE FOOTBALL. THE COWBOYS RECOVER IT.>>VERY TOUGH TO GO AGAINST THAT DALLAS FLEX DEFENSE. >>IT WAS A COMBINATION OF TWO DEFENSIVE LINEMEN TIGHT TO THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE WITH TWO DEFENSIVE LINEMEN OFF THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE. >>WE JUST TRIED TO OFFSET SOME OF OUR LINEMEN TO GIVE US A BETTER POSITION TO CONTROL THE TYPES OF BLOCKING THAT THEY USE TODAY.>>IT’S ALL ABOUT ANGLES, IT’S ALL ABOUT MATH, IT’S ALL ABOUT ENGINEERING, IT’S ALL ABOUT TOM LANDRY’S EDUCATION. IT ALL FIT. >>THEY CANNOT RUN AGAINST THE COWBOYS. >>IT DEVELOPED DOOMZ DAY ONE, DOOM’S DAY TWO, TWO OF THE GREATEST DEFENSES IN NFL HISTORY. THE NFL IS SUCH A ME TOO LEAGUE, A COPY CAT LEAGUE. BUT NOBODY COPIED THE FLEX DESPITE ITS SUCCESS BECAUSE OF ONE SIMPLE REASON. NOBODY COULD TEACH IT.>>THESE THINGS THAT WE TAKE FOR GRANTED IN THE MODERN GAME, THAT THE OFFENSE IS GOING TO COME OUT WITH ONE LOOK AND THEN SHIFT INTO ANOTHER LOOK.>>LANDRY WAS ON THE VERY CUTTING EDGE OF THAT. >>THE OFFENSIVE LINE ALWAYS CAME UP IN A TWO-POINT STANCE, WOULD STAND STRAIGHT UP AND THEN GO DOWN. WHEN THEY STOOD UP, THAT’S WHEN THE BACK SHIFTED. THE LINE STANDING UP WAS A SCREEN FOR THE LINEBACKERS TO SEE THE FINAL FORMATION OF THE BACK AND ALSO A LITTLE DISTRACTING. WHATEVER CALLS DEFENSIVELY YOU’D HAVE TO MAKE, YOU’D HAVE TO CHANGE THEM WHEN THEY SHIFTED, THEN CHANGE THEM AGAIN AND THEN THE BALL WOULD BE SNAPPED. >>PEARSON WIDE OPEN, TOUCHDOWN!>>THE THING THAT PROVES TOM LANDRY IS A GENIUS IS THAT IN THE MID-’70s HE COMES UP WITH THE OFFENSE OF THE 21st CENTURY.>>SHOTGUN, HERE IT IS. >>NOW SOME TEAMS USE THE SHOTGUN MORE THAN 50% OF THE TIME. >>ROGER LOOKS LEFT, FIRES IT OUT THERE, CAUGHT BY TONY HILL. TOUCHDOWN COWBOYS!>>I DON’T KNOW WHY, BUT I JUST HAVE THE FEELING THAT TOM LANDRY MIGHT HAVE A GADGET THAT HE MIGHT WANT TO USE. >>HE DIDN’T WANT TO CALL THEM GADGET PLAYS. HE WANTED TO BE PLAYS THAT HAD EXECUTION. AND SO HE CALLED THEM EXOTIC PLAYS. >>AND HANDS IT BACK TO STAUBACH. STAUBACH FLEA FLICKER CITY. GOING DEEP FOR TONY HILL WHO’S ALL ALONE. CAUGHT, TOUCHDOWN!>>WHEN I WAS THE DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR OF THE GIANTS, YOU HAD TO BE READY FOR SOME TYPE OF UNUSUAL, DECEPTIVE PLAY, REVERSES, FLEA FLICKER, HALF BACK PASSES, END AROUND, ALL THOSE THINGS. >>TWO PLAYS LATER DITKA GOT 17 ON A TIGHT END END AROUND. >>IT WAS A CHANCE TO SHOW OFF A LITTLE BIT. LOOK AT THE BIG BRAIN ON TOM. OTHER TEAMS HAD TO STRAIN TO ADAPT TO THE LANDRY METHODS. >>TOM HENDERSON, NUMBER 56, A ROOKIE, WENT 53 YARDS. >>HE RECOGNIZED THE VALUE OF THE BOLD MOVES. >>YOU DIDN’T SEE IT IN HIS SUITS OR HIS HATS, BUT YOU SAW IT IN THE WAY HIS TEAM PLAYED ON THE FIELD.>>BUT THIS ONE IS GOING TO BE A HALF BACK OPTION. ALL BY HIMSELF.>>HERE AGAIN IS ANOTHER LESSON FOR US ALL. DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER.>>LANDRY WAS A WATCHMAKER WHOSE VISION OF THE GAME WAS A THOUSAND PARTS, MUSIC WITH CLOCKWORK PRECISION. BUT TO MAKE HIS SYSTEM TICK, LANDRY NEEDED FOOTBALL PLAYERS, MEN OF FLESH AND BLOOD, WHO COULDN’T ALWAYS LIVE UP TO HIS Xs AND Os.>>WHEN I PLAYED, I MEAN IT WOULD — HE WOULD DESTROY YOU IN THE FILM. >>HE WAS EXPECTING PERFECT EXECUTION ON EVERY SINGLE PLAY.>>WE TALK ABOUT PERFECTION. IT’S EXECUTION THAT YOU’RE AFTER. THE TEAM THAT CAN DO THAT WILL NORMALLY WIN THE FOOTBALL GAME. >>WE WOULD HAVE WON BY 30 POINTS THE DAY BEFORE AND WE WOULD GET OUT AT THE BREAK AND SAY DID WE WIN YESTERDAY? YOU KNOW, I FEEL LIKE WE GOT BEAT.>>I GOT BURNED FOR THREE TOUCHDOWN PASSES. >>WATERS WAS THE VICTIM SEVERAL TIMES IN THE COWBOYS LOSS.>>AND HE ATE ME UP IN THE FILM SESSION IN FRONT OF THE WHOLE TEAM. BUT, WHEN WE TURNED ON THE LIGHTS, HE SAID, YOU KNOW, CHARLIE HAD A TOUGH GAME YESTERDAY, SO HE’S PRETTY MUCH RESPONSIBLE FOR LOSING THAT GAME. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, IF I HAD 45 PLAYERS THAT TRIED AS HARD AS HE DID, WE WOULDN’T LOSE A GAME. HE HAD MY HEART FROM THAT POINT FORWARD.>>COMING UP, TOM LANDRY’S BI @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@>>>HE HAD COMPLETE FAITH IN THE SYSTEM BECAUSE HE INVENTED IT.>>SWING DOWN AND IN. THERE WON’T BE A SOUL IN THERE. >>OKAY.>>THERE WAS A RUNNING JOKE THAT LANDRY KIND OF RESENTED THE PLAYERS BECAUSE THEY WERE THE ONLY THING THAT COULD SCREW UP HIS SYSTEM.>>ROGER BACK TO THROW, HAS A MAN OPEN IN THE END ZONE. IN THE END ZONE!>>HE DEVISED A PERFECT GAME EVERY GAME. >>JACKIE WAS SO WIDE OPEN IN THE END ZONE, IT WAS INCREDIBLE.>>WE ALL KNEW THAT HE THOUGHT THAT WE WERE REPLACEABLE. YOU COULD COME OUT AS A GEAR AND BE REPLACED. HE HAD MORE CONFIDENCE IN THE SYSTEM WORKING THAN THE INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS. >>IS IT GOING TO HURT YOUR FOOTBALL TEAM TO BE WITHOUT HIM?>>WELL, I DON’T THINK A FOOTBALL TEAM CAN BE HURT WITH ANYBODY. THEY CAN GET RID OF ME OR ROGER OR ANYBODY ELSE. ONE INDIVIDUAL DOESN’T MAKE THAT MUCH DIFFERENCE IN A TEAM.>>THE SYSTEM WAS COLD AND IMPERSONAL.>>ROGER GOES DEEP ACROSS THE MIDDLE — >>BUT IT WORKED. >>TOUCHDOWN!>>PLAYERS CAME AND WENT, BUT FROM THE ’60s TO THE ’80s, LANDRY POSTED 20 CONSECUTIVE WINNING SEASONS, A RECORD THAT MIGHT NEVER BE BROKEN. >>DANNY BACK TO THROW, INTO THE END ZONE, CAUGHT! TOUCHDOWN!>>ALL THE SUCCESS DID NOT COME WITHOUT A COST. >>THE SYSTEM WAS TOO MUCH FOR ME. AND I THINK I GREW TO RESENT HIM BASED ON SOME OF THAT. HE DIDN’T KNOW I WAS A DRUG ADDICT OR ALCOHOLIC UNTIL, YOU KNOW, A COUPLE OF YEARS LATER BECAUSE HE NEVER ASKED ME HOW ARE YOU? IT WAS ALL BUSINESS. >>WE’VE GOT TO HAVE CONFIDENCE IN OUR GAME PLAN. SO YOU HAVE TO STAY WITH OUR PLAN. >>AS TERRIFIC AS DON MEREDITH WAS AS A PLAYER, DON QUIT PREMATURELY. HE COULD HAVE PLAYED SEVERAL MORE YEARS. >>COULD YOU TELL WHERE THE LINEBACKER WAS ON BOB?>>NO.>>IT’S JUST A COG IN THE SYSTEM AND HE JUST HAD ENOUGH OF BEING THAT COG. >>HE WAS NOT AN AUTOMATON. HE WAS A LIVING, BREATHING HUMAN BEING WITH FLAWS AND FOIBLES. THAT’S HOW YOU COULD BE SO BRILLIANT AS TO INVENT THE FLEX DEFENSE AND NOT MAKE UP YOUR MIND BETWEEN ROGER STAUBACH AND CRAIG MORTON AND ACTUALLY THINK THAT IF I JUST SWAP THEM OUT EVERY PLAY, THE DEFENSE WON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. >>WE’RE GOING TO GO WITH THIS TWO QUARTERBACK SYSTEM, MAINLY BECAUSE BOTH QUARTERBACKS HAVE PERFORMED WINNING STYLE DURING THE SUMMER. >>CRAZIEST THING HE EVER DID. >>SOLDIER FIELD IN CHICAGO, A PRETTY GOOD FOOTBALL TEAM AND THEY BEAT US. WE ALTERNATED QUARTERBACKS ON EVERY PLAY.>>DESPITE ALL THE FOURTH QUARTER HEROICS, EVEN ROGER STAUBACH WAS JUST ANOTHER COG IN THE SYSTEM, A SYSTEM IN WHICH LANDRY EXERTED TOTAL CONTROL. >>HE REALLY, I THINK, AS A COACH FELT THAT HE WANTED TO CALL THE PLAYS. >>GO LEFT, CALL 87.>>I CALLED PLAYS EARLY ON IN MY CAREER. IN ’73. MY MOTHER WAS VERY SICK AND SHE WAS DYING. ACTUALLY DIED THROUGH THAT SEASON. SHE HAD PANCREATIC CANCER. AND WE LOST ON THANKSGIVING DAY. HIS THINKING WAS, ROGER, I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GOING THROUGH AND I’M GOING TO — I THINK I’M GOING TO START CALLING THE PLAYS. YOU JUST EXECUTE THEM. I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GOING THROUGH. SO THAT WAS THE REASONING IS WHAT HE SAID TO ME THEN. DOWN DEEP IN HIS HEART, IT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. >>WHEN ROGER WENT IN TO TELL TOM THAT HE WAS RETIRING, IT WAS AN ODD KIND OF PARTING. THEY DIDN’T SHAKE HANDS. ROGER TURNED TO LEAVE AND THEN HE STOPPED AND SAID, WELL, IF I CAME BACK, WOULD YOU LET ME CALL PLAYS? AND TOM LOOKED AT HIM AND SAID, NO, WE HAVE A SYSTEM HERE. >>THE SYSTEM WAS SUCCESSFUL BEFORE ME. IT WILL BE SUCCESSFUL WITHOUT ME. OF COURSE THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF THE DALLAS COWBOYS IS A MAN THAT WEARS THE FUNNY HAT ON THE SIDELINES. >>THEY LOSE ROGER STAUBACH. YOU KNOW WHAT THEY DID THE NEXT THREE YEARS? THEY WENT TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. EVERY YEAR. SOME OF THAT’S DANNY WHITE. A LOT OF IT’S THE SYSTEM. >>LANDRY MAY HAVE HAD A JAW OF GRANITE, BUT NOT A HEART OF STONE. >>PEOPLE THOUGHT, WELL, HE’S COLD-HEARTED, HE COULD JUST CUT GUYS IN. HE BRINGS THEM IN, YOU’RE NO LONGER A COWBOY. NO, IT HURT HIM. I WATCHED HIM BREAK DOWN AND CRY WHEN WE CUT A PLAYER. >>KEN HUTCHINSON WAS A LINEBACKER AND A GOOD PLAYER. WHEN HE CUT HIM, HE STOOD AT THAT PODIUM AND CRIED. HE SAID I HAD TO LET GO OF A FRIEND TODAY AND TEARS JUST COMING DOWN HIS FACE. >>GUYS WHO I KNOW FOR A FACT DIDN’T LIKE PLAYING FOR HIM, DIDN’T LIKE HIM BECAUSE HE WAS TOO STRICT, TOO COLD, TOO DETACHED. >>WHAT HAPPENED, CHARLIE?>>AFTER THEY WERE DONE PLAYING FOR HIM TALKED ABOUT HIM LIKE HE WAS THEIR FATHER. >>YOU KNOW, I HAD A FEELING FOR HIM SIMILAR TO SOMEONE — SIMILAR TO A FATHER IMAGE. >>HE HAD A BIGGER IMPACT ON ME THAN MY FATHER. >>IT’S LIKE YOUR FATHER, YOU WANTED TO PLEASE HIM. AND WHEN HE WAS DISAPPOINTED IN YOU, YOU FELT THAT. YOU DIDN’T JUST FEEL IT

7 Replies to “Mike Ditka Documentary”

  1. Iron Mike was the Best! It seemed like forever we couldn't win anything in Chicago until He showed up! Our tough SOB!

  2. "Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why they call it the Present." -Mike Ditka.

    I like that.

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