Mike Ditka

American football player, coach and television commentator Mike Ditka

Michael Keller Ditka, Jr. is a former American football NFL player, television commentator, and coach. Ditka coached the Chicago Bears for 11 years and New Orleans Saints for three years. Ditka and Tom Flores are the only two people to win Super Bowls as a player, an assistant coach, and a head coach. Ditka was the only individual to participate in both of the last two Chicago Bears' championships, as a player in 1963 and as head coach in 1985.
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They said what?! Chicago's best, worst and oddest quotes of 2017
Chicago Times - about 2 months
People — they say the darnedest things, and 2017 was no exception. Whittling down the contenders for Chicago Inc.’s list of the best, worst and oddest Chicago quotes wasn’t easy, but we’ve found room for both perennial rent-a-quotes like former Bears coach Mike Ditka and newcomers like Chance the...
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Mitchell Trubisky turns heads across NFL with fine Bears debut - NFL.com
Google News - 7 months
NFL.com Mitchell Trubisky turns heads across NFL with fine Bears debut NFL.com Teammates love Trubisky. They respect how he works. He carries himself with a quiet confidence. His athletic ability and accuracy make him a perfect fit for the bootlegs and action passing game in their offense. Trubisky makes, as general manager Ryan ... Broncos' hunt for starting QB could be in its final eight daysESPN (blog) My Photo LifeChicago Tribune Mike Ditka Says Mitch Trubisky Had Better Debut Than Tom Brady, Should StartBleacher Report Newsday -Charlotte Observer -WGN Radio -Sporting News all 363 news articles »
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NFL Turns Toddlers Into Itty-Bitty Football Legends For Super Bowl Ad
Huffington Post - about 1 year
For last year’s Super Bowl, the NFL released an ad featuring “Super Bowl Babies,” or babies born nine months in cities whose teams won the Super Bowl (because well, you know). This year, the league hired a handful of "baby legends" to channel some football icons. For its 30-second “Super Bowl Baby Legends” commercial, the NFL dressed kids up as seven football legends throughout Super Bowl history. The icons include coaches like Vince Lombardi (the inspiration behind the name of the Super Bowl trophy) who led the Green Bay Packers to victory in the first two Super Bowls and three-time Super Bowl champ Mike Ditka who won the game as a player, an assistant coach and a head coach. The ad also celebrates players like Marshawn Lynch who won in 2014 with the Seattle Seahawks and Von Miller, the MVP of Super Bowl 50. Instead of Seal providing the background music like last year’s ad, Chicago’s “You’re the Inspiration” fuels the soundtrack for the commercial. Channeling...
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Mike Ditka: 'I don't see all the atrocities going on in this country that people say are going on'
Chicago Times - over 1 year
Mike Ditka said Friday he has no respect for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has refused to stand during the national anthem since the NFL preseason. “Anybody who disrespects this country and the flag, if they don’t like our flag then get the hell out,” he said on Dallas’...
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Mike Ditka: 'I don't see all the atrocities going on in this country that people say are going on'
LATimes - over 1 year
Mike Ditka said Friday he has no respect for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has refused to stand during the national anthem since the NFL preseason. “Anybody who disrespects this country and the flag, if they don’t like our flag then get the hell out,” he said on Dallas’...
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Simone Biles and Aimee Boorman formed a partnership that goes well beyond gymnastics
LATimes - over 1 year
The day before the women’s gymnastics team final, a Twitter user suggested Simone Biles and her coach Aimee Boorman were their sport’s equivalent to Walter Payton and Mike Ditka. “Sounds about right,” Payton’s son, Jarrett, chimed in on Twitter. Never mind that the Chicago-born Boorman doesn’t...
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Mike Ditka to appear at GOP convention to support Trump, sources say
Chicago Times - over 1 year
ESPN has nothing on this summer's Republican national convention.Donald Trump's campaign aides are lining up a slate of iconic sports figures to appear at the national convention in Cleveland next month - including former undisputed world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, legendary Chicago Bears...
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Look who has a Super Bowl coaching tree since the Bears' one-peat, my frent
Chicago Times - about 2 years
How many Super Bowl appearances constitute a coaching tree? If the answer is four, then Mike Ditka has a coaching tree. That’s four more than I would’ve expected from a coach best-known for yelling at players, fighting with his defensive coordinator and grabbing away the clipboard from his offensive...
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Director shows human side of '85 Bears in ESPN documentary
Chicago Times - about 2 years
Even the 1985 Bears are tired of talking about the 1985 Bears. "I don't know what else there is to say," Mike Ditka told director Jason Hehir as he sat down to chat yet again about his fabled team. When Hehir told Ditka this interview was for an ESPN "30 for 30" film, the coach said, "Oh, you're...
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Ditka curse over (Packers win) ... or is it? (Bears lose)
Chicago Times - over 2 years
Mike Ditka took off the Packers sweater and his old enemy beat the Vikings. He dons a Bears sweater and his old team loses to the Broncos. The so-called "Ditka curse" has ended in Green Bay and is back where it belongs: Chicago. OK, that may be a bit over the top, but Packers and Bears fans are...
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Anger management classes ordered for Ditka's son after casino altercation
Chicago Times - over 2 years
A son of former Bears coach Mike Ditka was ordered to attend anger management classes after he pleaded guilty Friday to disorderly conduct. Michael P. Ditka, 53, of Deerfield, was charged with battery in July after an altercation with another man at Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, authorities said....
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Anger management classes ordered for Ditka's son after casino altercation
Chicago Times - over 2 years
A son of former Bears coach Mike Ditka was ordered to attend anger management classes after he pleaded guilty Friday to disorderly conduct. Michael P. Ditka, 53, of Deerfield, was charged with battery in July after an altercation with another man at Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, authorities said....
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Timeline
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  • 2016
    Age 76
    In March 2016, ESPN and Ditka announced he would move to Sportscenter for remote-broadcasting analysis, as Ditka disliked the long trek from his home to the studio.
  • 2015
    Age 75
    In 2015, Ditka did several television ads for McDonald's.
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  • 2014
    Age 74
    Four years later, in 2014, Ditka appeared in a televised campaign ad for Quinn's Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner, who defeated Quinn in the general election.
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    In 2014, Ditka and Resultly partnered to feature his profile and product collections.
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  • 2013
    Age 73
    Also in 2013, Ditka and former Bears quarterback Jim McMahon are featured in a new series of commercials for the online discount retailer Overstock.com.
    In 2013, Ditka and Vienna Beef partnered to create Ditka Sausages, which will be eight inches long and one-third pound in weight.
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    On December 9, 2013, Ditka's Bears jersey number, 89, was retired in a halftime ceremony during a Monday Night Football game in Chicago as the Bears hosted the Dallas Cowboys, for whom Ditka also played and worked as an assistant coach under the late Tom Landry. "Thank you, thank you, thank you, and go Bears!" Ditka told the crowd.
  • 2012
    Age 72
    The first Mike Ditka Wines were released in fall 2012, including eight labels highlighting his career: "The Player" (2011 Pinot Grigio and 2010 Merlot), "The Coach" (2011 Sauvignon Blanc and 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon), " The Hall of Famer" (2011 Chardonnay and 2011 Pinot Noir), and "The Restaurateur" pair which includes "The Icon" (2010 Cabernet Sauvignon) and "The Champion" (2010 Red Blend)."
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    In 2012, Ditka partnered with Terlato Wines to produce his own collection of wines, produced in California.
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  • 2011
    Age 71
    Ditka was a co-owner the Chicago Rush, an Arena Football League team. In August 2011, media reports noted that Ditka would be a financial investor for the new Elite Football League of India, a proposed American football league that will be India's first.
  • 2007
    Age 67
    In the spring of 2007, Ditka worked alongside X Management and Geneva Hospitality to form Mike Ditka Resorts, currently consisting of two resorts in the Orlando, Florida, area.
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    Ultimately, however, in December 2007, Ditka folded his "Hall of Fame Assistance Trust Fund" charity amidst revelations that, "in 2005, the group gave out more money to pay celebrities to play golf than the group in its entire three years of operation gave out to injured players", according to Laurie Styron of the American Institute of Philanthropy.
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    In January 2007, Ditka used the Super Bowl return of the Chicago Bears as a platform to promote efforts by many early NFL players trying to raise support for former NFL players in need of money and medical assistance; he is a key member in the Gridiron Greats.
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  • 2006
    Age 66
    However, the team was defeated by the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game and this would be the last time the team would advance that far until they won the 2006 NFC Championship Game.
    Although the two men continued to work together, the relationship continued to deteriorate and with the Bears trailing by three touchdowns in a late season Monday night game against the Miami Dolphins that resulted in the team's only loss, Ryan finally snapped after Ditka, as he recounted in 2006 for NFL Network, told him that the defensive scheme was not working.
  • 2005
    Age 65
    In 2005, Ditka had a major role in the comedy Kicking & Screaming, playing himself; he was recruited by Will Ferrell's character to be an assistant little league soccer coach.
  • 2001
    Age 61
    Ditka was inducted to the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.
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  • 2000
    Age 60
    After he was fired by the Saints, Ditka joined CBS Sports, spending the 2000 and 2001 seasons as a studio analyst on The NFL Today.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1999
    Age 59
    In 1999, he was ranked number 90 on The Sporting Newss list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.
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    The 1999 season proved to be the worst of Ditka's coaching career and his frustrations showed in the local media.
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    After finishing his first two seasons with identical 6–10 marks, Ditka was roundly criticized for the trading of all of the team's 1999 draft picks (plus their first round draft pick in 2000) to the Washington Redskins to move up in the draft and select Texas RB Ricky Williams (Washington would later use the picks to select future Pro Bowlers Champ Bailey, Jon Jansen, and LaVar Arrington).
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  • 1997
    Age 57
    In 1997, Ditka was hired by the New Orleans Saints to be the permanent replacement for Jim Mora, who had resigned during the previous season.
  • 1995
    Age 55
    In 1995, Ditka starred as a football coach in a full-motion video game called Quarterback Attack with Mike Ditka, released for the Sega Saturn, PC, and 3DO.
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  • 1992
    Age 52
    After dropping to 5–11 in the 1992 season, the Bears fired Ditka.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1988
    Age 48
    In the midst of a successful 1988 season, he suffered a heart attack, but bounced back quickly.
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    Ditka suffered a heart attack during the 1988 season and was expected to miss much of the season, but was on the sidelines as an "advisor" the next week and back in full charge the week after.
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  • 1986
    Age 46
    The following year, Ditka's coaching career hit its pinnacle on January 26, 1986, with a 46–10 win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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  • 1985
    Age 45
    The NFL Network series America's Game rated the 1985 Bears as the second-best Super Bowl champions ever.
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  • 1981
    Age 41
    After firing previous coach Neill Armstrong following the 1981 season, Halas decided to take Ditka up on his offer from several years earlier and hired him to become the team's head coach for 1982 season.
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    His last game with the Cowboys was the 1981 NFC Championship Game, where the team fell to the San Francisco 49ers.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1977
    Age 37
    During his tenure, the Cowboys made the playoffs eight times, won six division titles, three NFC Championships and a Super Bowl victory in 1977.
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  • 1972
    Age 32
    Retiring after the 1972 season, Ditka was immediately hired as an assistant coach by Cowboys' head coach Tom Landry.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1967
    Age 27
    Ditka was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1967 where he spent two seasons, before being shipped off to the Dallas Cowboys in 1969.
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  • 1963
    Age 23
    He played on the 1963 NFL championship team.
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    Ditka was the only person to participate in both of the last two Chicago Bears' championships, as a player in 1963 and as head coach in 1985.
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    He was an NFL champion with the 1963 Bears, and is a three-time Super Bowl champion, playing on the Cowboys Super Bowl VI team as well as winning as an assistant coach for the Cowboys in Super Bowl XII, and coaching the Bears to victory in Super Bowl XX.
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  • 1961
    Age 21
    The Chicago Bears drafted Ditka fifth overall in the 1961 NFL Draft, while the Houston Oilers drafted him eighth overall in the first round in the 1961 AFL Draft.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1958
    Age 18
    Ditka played for the University of Pittsburgh from 1958 until 1960, where he also became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1939
    Born
    Ditka was born as Michael Dyczko in the Pittsburgh-area town of Carnegie, Pennsylvania on October 18, 1939.
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