About Ditka Sweaters
Any fan of the Chicago Bears teams of the 1980s likely remembers the team's head coach — big bad Mike Ditka. In addition to his coaching acumen and gruff demeanor, everyone remembers the famous Ditka sweater. The sweater, manufactured by Cliff Engle, featured the Bears colors, with a navy blue base and "BEARS" in white letters across the chest and horizontal orange bars above and below the lettering. There are also white and orange stripes around each elbow. The sweaters feature material that is 80 percent Orlon acrylic and 20 percent wool-blend fabric. There are many Mike Ditka sweater-look sweatshirts available among the vast inventory on eBay. These sweatshirts look virtually the same, but use fleece material instead. Many Ditka sweaters are vintage examples from back in the day. Things to look for include sweaters that are free of stain and tears with no loose threads, and those kept in smoke-free homes. Channel your inner Mike Ditka by purchasing your very own Ditka sweater. It might not be a bad idea to start growing a mustache as well, since you cannot be Ditka without that.