A legendary Bear praising the quarterback of the Packers may not go over well in Chicago, but Mike Ditka loves Aaron Rodgers.
Ditka, the Hall of Fame Bears tight end and Super Bowl-winning Bears head coach, was asked by the Chicago Sun-Times which quarterback he would have most liked to play with, and after mentioning several possibilities, he settled on Rodgers.
“The guy up in Green Bay, I think is the best in football,” Ditka said of Rodgers. “But that’s my opinion. I like what he does, and I like his leadership qualities. And I think that’s the other thing you have to look at. He has to be the guy in charge. And the team has to know it.
Ditka also said that of all the quarterbacks in NFL history, Rodgers is the one he would have most liked to coach.
“How could I say that I wouldn’t want to coach [Johnny] Unitas or Bart Starr? There’s been so many great ones,” Ditka said. “But if I had to coach one guy in my career, maybe it’d be be Aaron Rodgers.”
That’s not a bad choice, even if it’s a tough pill for Bears fans to swallow.