Mike Ditka will appear in the “Entourage” series finale

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HBO’s Entourage will wrap up its eighth and final season this year, and when it does, a surprising choice for a special guest star will be there: Mike Ditka.

Ditka, the Hall of Fame tight end and former Bears and Saints head coach, said on The Waddle & Silvy Show on ESPN 1000 in Chicago that he didn’t know much about Entourage before he and Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez were approached for cameo appearances in the series finale.

“This just came up spur of the moment, and actually you know, it was a good experience,” Ditka said, via ESPN Chicago. “I didn’t realize how big a deal it was, I’ll be honest with you. I’m kinda naïve about those things, and I understand it is a pretty big deal, and yes, I think it is very nice and Coach Alvarez is on it with me so both of us are there.”

Jeremy Piven, who plays Ari Gold on the show, tweeted a picture of himself and Ditka on the Entourage set, and Ditka implied that his role involved a profane shouting match with Ari.

On that front, it will be hard for Ditka to top Matt Damon’s Entourage cameo.