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Shortly after his hiring, as recounted by Mike Singletary in 2006, Ditka called a team meeting.
In the meeting he warned that the team would experience some turnover, but if they were all willing to work hard for him and stand with him, Ditka promised a trip to the Super Bowl within three seasons.
He signed with the Bears and his presence was immediately felt.
In his first season, Ditka had 58 receptions, introducing a new dimension to a tight end position that had previously been dedicated to blocking.
He is the only Head Coach in the history of the Super Bowl to score a touchdown in a Super Bowl as a player.
Retiring after the 1972 season, Ditka was immediately hired as an assistant coach by Cowboys' head coach Tom Landry.
He wore number 98 in his first year with the Eagles. He spent four seasons with the Cowboys, highlighted by a touchdown reception in the Cowboys' 24–3 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VI.
While working with the Cowboys, Ditka sent a letter to George Halas, his former head coach who was still owner of the Chicago Bears.
In the letter Ditka said that he would like to come back to Chicago and be the head coach of the Bears "when he was ready".
He started all three seasons, leading the team in receiving in each, and also served as the team's punter.
He was a unanimous first-team selection on the College Football All-America Team his senior year.