Date sent: 2/16/09
Date returned: 3/4/09
I'm too young to have seen Mike Ditka play but I remember him as the head coach of the Chicago Bears. He's also one of my favorite ESPN personalities as he always tells it like it is. Sports television is full of "analysts" that have no idea what they're talking about and they argue just to argue. Ditka knows the game from the perspective of a player and a head coach. There aren't many people on television that can say the same.
I mailed my request to ESPN Studios in Bristol, CT shortly after the end of the NFL season. It came in just over two weeks postmarked from Chicago, IL. I guess ESPN forwards his mail to him.
I was thrilled to get this one back. Ditka has a great signature as you can see from the photo. I think I'm going to purchase one of his vintage cards on eBay and send off another request to him once football starts again.