Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka said Wednesday he would not run for the Senate, leaving Illinois Republicans still without a replacement candidate less than four months before the election.
Ditka, who first told Illinois Republican Party leaders of his decision, made his announcement outside his Chicago restaurant.
“I don’t know how I’d do on the Senate floor if I got in a confrontation with someone I didn’t appreciate or maybe didn’t appreciate me,” said Ditka, known nearly as much for his hot temper as his Hall of Fame football career.
Ah, well. It was pretty damn fun while it lasted.