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Ditka Part Owner of Chicago Rush

January 25, 2001

CHICAGO (AP) _ Former Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints head coach Mike Ditka has become a part owner of the Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League.

``I am doing this for two reasons: I love Chicago and I love football,″ Ditka said Thursday.

Ditka, principal owner Fred Smith and managing partner Alan M. Levin will share responsibility in the day-to-day operation of the Rush.

The team’s home opener at Allstate Arena in suburban Rosemont is April 28 against the Carolina Cobras.

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