No one will ever accuse Mike Ditka of mincing his words.
The former NFL player and Super Bowl-winning coach for the Chicago Bears is known for his outspoken, uncensored opinions almost as much as he is for his Hall of Fame career. So it shouldn't be a surprise that he had some pretty strong words for the kerfuffle over the Washington Redskins.
“It's so much horse****!” Ditka told Mike Richman at the RedskinsHistorian website. “We’re going to let the liberals of the world run this world.”
Ditka's stance is in stark contrast to fellow NFL analysts Tony Dungy (NBC) and Phil Simms (CBS), who have announced they will not use the name “Redskins” when covering the team this season. Ditka, who works for ESPN, seems perfectly fine with the nickname and he praised team owner an Snyder for his vow to “never” change the name, despite the firestorm that has erupted over it in the past year.
“I admire him for it,” Ditka said of Snyder. “Really, I think it's tradition, it's history, it's part of the National Football League. It was about Sammy Baugh and all the guys who were Redskins way back then. I didn't think that Lombardi and Halas never had a problem with it, why would all these other idiots have a problem with the name? I'm sorry."
Here's more of Ditka's unapologetic stance on the Redskins: (You can listen to the full audio at RedskinsHistorian.)
“What’s all the stink over the Redskin name? It’s so much [expletive] it’s incredible. We’re going to let the liberals of the world run this world. It was said out of reverence, out of pride to the American Indian. Even though it was called a Redskin, what are you going to call them, a Brownskin? This is so stupid it’s appalling, and I hope that owner keeps fighting for it and never changes it, because the Redskins are part of an American football history, and it should never be anything but the Washington Redskins. That’s the way it is.”
“It’s all the political correct idiots in America, that’s all it is. It’s got nothing to do with anything else. We’re going to change something because we can. Hey listen, I went through it in the 60s, too. I mean, come on. Everybody lined up, did this. It’s fine to protest. That’s your right, if you don’t like it, protest. You have a right to do that, but to change the name, that’s ridiculous. Change the Constitution — we’ve got people trying to do that, too, and they’re doing a pretty good job.”
Do you think Ditka's support of the Redskins name will give cover to other players and coaches to buck the PC trend and come out in support of it?