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Encyclopedia > Mike Ditka
Mike Ditka
Mike Ditka in the press booth during a National Football League pre-season game between the Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears.
Position(s):
Tight End / Head Coach
Jersey #(s):
89
Born: October 18, 1939 (1939-10-18) (age 68)
Carnegie, Pennsylvania
Career Information
Year(s): 19611972
NFL Draft: 1961 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
College: Pittsburgh
Professional Teams

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As Head Coach City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football... The 1961 NFL season was the 42th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1966 NFL season was the 47th regular season of the National Football League. ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol... The 1967 NFL season was the 48th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1968 NFL season was the 49th regular season of the National Football League. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys, The Pokes Team colors White, Silver, Silver-Green, Royal Blue, Navy Blue Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969) Capitol Division... The 1969 NFL season was the 50th regular season of the National Football League, and the last one before the AFL-NFL Merger. ... The 1972 NFL season was the 53rd regular season of the National Football League. ...

Career Stats
Receptions     427
Receiving Yards     5,812
Touchdowns     43
Stats at NFL.com
Career Highlights and Awards
Pro Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame

Michael Keller Ditka, Jr. (born October 18, 1939, in Carnegie, Pennsylvania) also known as Iron Mike Ditka or Da Coach, is a former American football NFL player, television commentator, and coach. Ditka coached the Chicago Bears for 11 years and New Orleans Saints for 3 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 the last two Chicago Bears' championships, as a player in 1963 and as head coach in 1985. City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football... The 1982 NFL season was the 63th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1992 NFL season was the 73th regular season of the National Football League. ... City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Gold and black Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson and Rita Benson LeBlanc General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo the dog League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference... The 1997 NFL season was the 78th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1999 NFL season was the 80th regular season of the National Football League. ... In American football, a reception is a type of play in which the ball is received (caught) by a player. ... A touchdown is the primary method of scoring in American and Canadian football, in which the ball carrier causes the football to break the plane of the end zone, thus earning 6 points for his team (in both codes). ... 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The NFL Coach of the Year Award is presented annually by the Associated Press to the NFL coach who has done the most outstanding job of working with the talent he has at his disposal. ... The NFL Coach of the Year Award is presented annually by the Associated Press to the NFL coach who has done the most outstanding job of working with the talent he has at his disposal. ... The NFL Coach of the Year Award is presented annually by the Associated Press to the NFL coach who has done the most outstanding job of working with the talent he has at his disposal. ... The NFL Coach of the Year Award is presented annually by the Associated Press to the NFL coach who has done the most outstanding job of working with the talent he has at his disposal. ... The NFL Coach of the Year Award is presented annually by the Associated Press to the NFL coach who has done the most outstanding job of working with the talent he has at his disposal. ... The NFL Coach of the Year Award is presented annually by the Associated Press to the NFL coach who has done the most outstanding job of working with the talent he has at his disposal. ... From 1955 - 1996 The United Press International has given two annual Rookie of the Year Awards to NFL-NFC American football players and AFL-AFC american football players. ... is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Carnegie is a borough located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... NFL redirects here. ... 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Early life and college

Mike's childhood name was Mike Dyczko. His father was one of three brothers of a Ukrainian [1] family in the coal mining and steel manufacturing area in Western Pennsylvania. The name Dyzcko was too much of a tongue-twister in Carnegie, PA., where Mike was born on October 18, 1939, so the family name was changed to Ditka. [2] in the Pittsburgh area town of Carnegie, Pennsylvania and grew up in nearby Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. In elementary school, he was enrolled at St. Titus School, located on Franklin Avenue and Sycamore Street in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. City nickname: The Steel City Location in the state of Pennsylvania Founded 1758 Mayor Tom Murphy (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 151. ... Aliquippa is a city in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States and is part of the Pittsburgh Metro Area. ...


A three sport star at Aliquippa High School, he was recruited by Notre Dame, Penn State, and Pitt. The Aliquippa High team doctor, Dr. John L. Miller had taken him to Pitt games and encouraged him to attend Pitt. Ditka played for the University of Pittsburgh from 1958-1960, where he also became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He started all 3 seasons and is widely considered one of the best tight ends in college football history. In addition to playing tight end, he also served as the team's punter. He led the team in receiving in all three of his seasons with them and was a first team selection on the College Football All-America Team in his senior year. In 1986, he was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. Aliquippa Senior High School is located in the city of Aliquippa in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. ... For other universities and colleges named Notre Dame, see Notre Dame. ... The Pennsylvania State University The Pennsylvania State University (commonly known as Penn State) is a state-related land-grant university in Pennsylvania, with over 80,000 students at 24 campuses throughout the state. ... The University of Pittsburgh, commonly referred to as Pitt, is a state-related, doctoral/research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. ... The University of Pittsburgh, commonly referred to as Pitt, is a state-related, doctoral/research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. ... Sigma Chi (ΣΧ) is one of the largest and oldest all-male, college, Greek-letter social fraternities. ... The tight end (TE) is a position in American football on the offensive team. ... The College Football All-America Team is an honor given annually to the best American college football players at their respective position. ... College Football Hall of Fame front. ...


Ditka would also become the first of many athletes from Aliquippa or adjacent Hopewell Township, Pennsylvania (which uses an Aliquippa mailing address) to have success in the NFL. Other notable Aliquippa/Hopewell natives that followed Ditka into the NFL include Tony Dorsett, Sean Gilbert, and Ty Law. Current New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, Buffalo Bills linebacker Paul Posluszny, and free agent cornerback Josh Lay also hail from the area. Hopewell Township is a township located in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. ... Anthony Tony Drew Dorsett (born April 7, 1954 in Rochester, Pennsylvania) is a former American football running back in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos. ... Sean Gilbert (born April 10, 1970 in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania) is an American former professional football player who was selected by the Los Angeles Rams as the 3rd overall pick of the 1992 NFL Draft. ... Tajuan Ty Law (born February 10, 1974 in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania) is an American football cornerback who currently plays with the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White, Jersey Jets Team colors Hunter green and white Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... For corner back, the Gaelic football and hurling position, see Gaelic football and Hurling positions . ... Darrelle Shavar Revis (born July 14, 1985, in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania) is a cornerback for the New York Jets. ... For other uses, see Buffalo Bills (disambiguation). ... This article relates to sports. ... Paul Michael Posluszny (born October 10, 1984 in Hopewell, Pennsylvania), commonly known as Poz, is a professional American football linebacker who currently plays for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. ... Josh Lay (born September 8, 1982) is an American football cornerback that is currently a free-agent. ...


He has 4 children with his first wife Marge: Mike, Mark, Megan, and Matt. He divorced Marge in 1973 and married his second wife Diana in 1977.


NFL career

Player

The Bears drafted Ditka in the 1961 NFL Draft. His presence was immediately felt. In his first season, Ditka had 56 receptions, introducing a new dimension to a tight end position that had previously been dedicated to blocking. His success earned him Rookie of the Year honors. He continued to play for the Bears for the next five years, earning a Pro Bowl trip each season. He played on the 1963 NFL championship team. Many of the players from that team, including Ditka, were drafted by assistant coach George Allen, a future Hall of Famer, who was then in charge of the Bears drafts. Ditka was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1967, where he spent two seasons, before being shipped off to the Dallas Cowboys in 1969. He spent four seasons with the Cowboys, highlighted by a touchdown reception in the Cowboys' 24-3 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VI. The 1961 National Football League Draft took place on December 27 and December 28, 1960. ... From 1955 - 1996 The United Press International has given two annual Rookie of the Year Awards to NFL-NFC American football players and AFL-AFC american football players. ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... The 1963 NFL season was the 44th regular season of the National Football League. ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol... The 1967 NFL season was the 48th regular season of the National Football League. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys, The Pokes Team colors White, Silver, Silver-Green, Royal Blue, Navy Blue Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969) Capitol Division... The 1969 NFL season was the 50th regular season of the National Football League, and the last one before the AFL-NFL Merger. ... League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966–1969) Eastern Division (1966–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC East (1970–present) Current uniform Team colors Aqua, Coral, Navy, White Mascot T. D. Personnel Owner H. Wayne Huizenga (50%) and Stephen M. Ross (50%) General Manager... Date January 16, 1972 Stadium Tulane Stadium City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Roger Staubach, Quarterback Favorite Cowboys by 6 National anthem U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale Coin toss Jim Tunney Referee Jim Tunney Halftime show Salute to Louis Armstrong with Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt and the U...


In 1988[3], his fearsome blocking and 427 career receptions for 5,812 yards and 43 touchdowns earned him the honor of being the first tight-end ever inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Ditka also scored 2 touchdowns on offensive fumble recoveries, tying 7 other players for the most in NFL history. In 1999, he was ranked number 90 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players. The 1988 NFL season was the 69th regular season of the National Football League. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ... The 1999 NFL season was the 80th regular season of the National Football League. ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ...


Coach

Retiring after the 1972 season, Ditka was immediately hired as an assistant coach by Cowboys' head coach Tom Landry. Ditka spent nine seasons as an assistant coach with the Cowboys. During his tenure, the Cowboys made the playoffs eight times, won six division titles and three NFC Championships, including the one preceding their Super Bowl victory in 1977. The 1972 NFL season was the 53rd regular season of the National Football League. ... Thomas Wade Landry (September 11, 1924 – February 12, 2000) was an American football player and coach. ... The 1977 NFL season was the 58th regular season of the National Football League. ...


Chicago Bears

In 1982, Chicago Bears founder George Halas personally sought out Ditka to take over the head coaching reins, and reverse what had been a mostly dreary performance by the team in the years since Halas retired as head coach. Reversing the Bears' pitiful record of only two winning seasons in the previous nineteen, Ditka led the Bears to six NFC Central titles and three trips to the NFC Championship. Ditka's coaching career hit its pinnacle on January 26, 1986 with a 46-10 trouncing of the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Football commentators widely regard the 1985 Bears defense as one of the best ever, which was masterminded by defensive coordinator, Buddy Ryan, with little oversight from Ditka. In an unusual gesture, following the Bears Super Bowl victory, Ryan, as well as Ditka, was carried off the field by team members. He said that his greatest regret about that Super Bowl was not calling a running play for Walter Payton to score a touchdown. In addition, the 1985 Chicago Bears are one of the few teams who consistently challenge the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins for the unofficial title of the "Greatest NFL Team of All-Time." [4][5] The NFL Network "America's Game" rated the 1985 Bears as the second best super bowl champion ever. The 1982 NFL season was the 63th regular season of the National Football League. ... George Stanley Halas, Sr. ... The National Football Conference is one of the two conferences of the National Football League. ... is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... Date January 26, 1986 Stadium Louisiana Superdome City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Richard Dent, Defensive end Favorite Bears by 10 National anthem Wynton Marsalis Coin toss Bart Starr representing previous Super Bowl MVPs Referee Red Cashion Halftime show Up with People presents Beat of the Future Attendance 73,818 TV... The Louisiana Superdome, often informally referred to simply as the Superdome, The Dome or even the New Orleans Superdome is a large, multi-purpose sports and exhibition facility located in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana. ... New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Buddy Ryan (born James David Ryan on February 17, 1934) is a former American football coach. ... The 1972 NFL season was the 53rd regular season of the National Football League. ... League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966–1969) Eastern Division (1966–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC East (1970–present) Current uniform Team colors Aqua, Coral, Navy, White Mascot T. D. Personnel Owner H. Wayne Huizenga (50%) and Stephen M. Ross (50%) General Manager...


Buddy Ryan left in 1986 to become the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. When asked if he was happy Ryan was gone, Ditka replied he was not happy but "elated." In 1986, 1987 and 1988, the Bears won the Central Division title and finished each year with either the best or second best record in the NFC. However, all three teams lost in the playoffs at home. 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.


The Bears started 4-0 in 1989, but a series of last second losses eventually led to a complete meltdown at the end of the season as the Bears finished 6-10. The Bears rallied to win a weak Central Division in 1990 and make the playoffs as a wildcard in 1991, but were eliminated convincingly in the early rounds. After dropping to 5-11 in the 1992 season, the Bears fired Ditka. The 1992 NFL season was the 73th regular season of the National Football League. ...


He was awarded NFL Coach of the Year honors in 1985 and 1988 by the Associated Press, The Sporting News, and Pro Football Weekly. The NFL Coach of the Year Award is presented annually by the Associated Press to the NFL coach who has done the most outstanding job of working with the talent he has at his disposal. ... The 1985 NFL season was the 66th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1988 NFL season was the 69th regular season of the National Football League. ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ... Pro Football Weekly (sometimes shortened to PFW) is a popular American sports magazine, founded in 1967, that covers the National Football League. ...


Ditka was noted for making headlines regardless of what happened on the field. In 1983, he broke his wrist after punching a locker in an angry halftime tirade. In 1985, he was arrested and convicted of DWI after returning from a game with San Francisco[6]. In the midst of a very successful 1988 season, Ditka suffered a heart attack, but bounced back quickly. On another occasion in 1987, he threw an enormous piece of chewing gum at a San Francisco 49ers fan who had heckled and thrown a drink at him during a Monday night match-up[7]. In 2007, a popular YouTube video showed 9 minutes worth of "highlights" from Ditka's various press conferences during the late 1980s as he jousted with reporters and (on occasions) passing fans; included were rants in which he shouted to one heckler "See that, that's your IQ buddy - ZERO!" and one instance when a reporter noted that Ditka seemed upset. A visibly furious Ditka responded without making eye contact, "I've never been upset in my life". The 1983 NFL season was the 64th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1985 NFL season was the 66th regular season of the National Football League. ... Drunk driving (drink driving in the UK) or drinking and driving is the act of operating a motor vehicle after having consumed alcohol (i. ... The 1988 NFL season was the 69th regular season of the National Football League. ... Heart attack redirects here. ... The 1987 NFL season was the 68th regular season of the National Football League. ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners, The Red And Gold, Bay Bombers Team colors Cardinal red, metallic gold and black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager Lal Heneghan Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division... MNF redirects here. ...


New Orleans Saints

In 1997, he returned to coach the New Orleans Saints, which he refers to as the "three worst years" of his life. 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 in order to move up in the draft and select Texas RB Ricky Williams. The trade was further mocked because of a magazine cover in which Ditka posed with Williams, who was wearing a wedding dress. Over a total of 14 seasons as a head coach, Ditka amassed a regular season record of 121-95-0 and a postseason record of 6-6. The 1997 NFL season was the 78th regular season of the National Football League. ... City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Gold and black Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson and Rita Benson LeBlanc General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo the dog League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference... The 1999 National Football League Draft amateur college selection procedure known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. ... The 2000 National Football League Draft started off with Penn State teammates Courtney Brown and LaVar Arrington being selected consecutively, they are the only Penn State players to go number one and two. ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... For the former Indianapolis Colts running back, see Ricky Antwan Williams. ...


Broadcaster

After his dismissal from the Bears in 1992, Ditka took a broadcasting job with NBC, working as an analyst on NFL Live and as a color commentator for many other NBC broadcasts. From the 2000 to the 2001 season he was a studio analyst on The NFL Today on CBS Sports. He is currently a commentator on ESPN's NFL Live and CBS Radio-Westwood One's Monday Night Football pregame show. On his radio show, Coach Ditka is called "America's Coach" by well known sidekick Jim Gray. Beginning in 2006 Ditka appeared on a Seattle radio program; "Groz with Gas" on 950 KJR-AM Seattle, on Thursday afternoons with Dave Grosby and Mike Gastineau. Ditka regularly appears on Chicago radio station ESPN 1000 (WMVP-AM), often broadcasting on Thursday mornings from one of his eponymous restaurants along with ESPN 1000 mid-morning hosts Mark Silverman and Tom Waddle, a former Bears player under Ditka. The 1992 NFL season was the 73th regular season of the National Football League. ... The NFL on NBC is the brand given to NBC Sports coverage of National Football League games until 1998, when NBC lost the NFL American Football Conference rights to CBS. NFL coverage returned to NBC on Sunday, August 6, 2006 under the title NBC Sunday Night Football [1], beginning its... // GrandStand The first official NFL on NBC pregame show was called GrandStand, a program that doubled as an ABCs Wide World of Sports knockoff in the off-season. ... The 2000 NFL season was the 81st regular season of the National Football League. ... The 2001 NFL season was the 82nd regular season of the National Football League. ... The NFL Today is a TV show that precedes the American football program The NFL on CBS on CBS Sports. ... CBS Sports is a division of CBS which airs many of the sports telecasts in the United States. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... CBS Radio Inc. ... Westwood One, Inc. ... MNF redirects here. ... Jim Gray interviews New York Yankees manager Joe Torre (left, holding trophy) and Yankees owner George Steinbrenner after Game 4 of the 1999 World Series. ... KJR-AM, branded as Sports Radio 950 KJR, is an all-sports radio station based in Seattle, Washington, broadcasting on 950 in the AM radio spectrum, and is owned by Clear Channel Communications. ... WMVP (1000 AM) is the callsign of a commercial radio station in Chicago. ... An eponym is a person (real or fictitious) whose name has become identified with a particular object or activity. ... Gregory Thomas (Tom) Waddle (born February 20, 1967 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a former American football wide receiver in the NFL. He spent his entire six year career with the Chicago Bears. ...


Ditka served as color commentator for ESPN's September 10, 2007 broadcast of Monday Night Football, alongside Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic.[1] The "three Mikes" make up ESPN's second MNF broadcasting team; the first team consists of Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, and Tony Kornheiser. ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... MNF redirects here. ... Mike Greenberg (born August 6, 1967 in New York City, New York) is a television anchor and radio host for ESPN. At ESPN, he hosts the weekday evening SportsCenter and ESPN Radios Mike and Mike in the Morning show with Mike Golic. ... Michael Mike Golic (born December 12, 1962 in Cleveland, Ohio), is a co-host of ESPN Radios Mike and Mike in the Morning and a former defensive lineman in the NFL. He also serves as an analyst for ESPN and ESPN2s NFL studio programming, as well as for... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... Mike Tirico is the lead broadcaster for ESPNs presentation of Monday Night Football. ... Ronald Vincent Jaws Jaworski (born March 23, 1951 in Lackawanna, New York) is a former American football player and currently an NFL analyst on ESPN. He is referred as the King of Tape Breakdown with his ability to break down plays. ... Anthony Irwin Kornheiser (born July 13, 1948) is an American sportswriter and columnist for The Washington Post, as well as a radio and television talk show host. ...


Notable about Ditka as a color-commentator is that while he is immortalized and beloved in Chicago, he hasn't forgotten his Pittsburgh-area roots, often picking the Steelers to win (even though Ditka has no ties to the organization in any form), even if the Steelers are heavy underdogs in their matchups. For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... City nickname: The Steel City Location in the state of Pennsylvania Founded 1758 Mayor Tom Murphy (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 151. ... Steelers redirects here. ...


Other ventures

In 1991, Ditka cooperated with Accolade to produce the computer game Mike Ditka's Ultimate Football. Notable events of 1991 in computer and video games. ... Accolade was a video game developer and publisher of the 1980s and 1990s. ...


In 1995, Ditka starred as a Football coach in a Full Motion Video Game called "Quarterback Attack", released for the Sega Saturn, PC and 3DO. Screenshot of an FMV from Final Fantasy VIII using Bink Video. ... Quarterback Attack was the first and only quarterback only game for the Sega Saturn and 3DO. The only player you could control was the quarterback,and all you get for the defense was an FMV. Its lack of features and playability led to its ultimate downfall. ... The Sega Saturn ) is a 32-bit video game console, first released on November 22, 1994 in Japan, May 11, 1995 in North America and July 8, 1995 in Europe. ... 3DO can refer to: The 3DO Company, a developer of computer and video game software and hardware 3DO Interactive Multiplayer, the name of a number of video game consoles based on specifications created by above company This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might...


Ditka has also done guest spots and cameos on shows from L.A. Law to Saturday Night Live, and Third Rock from the Sun. In 2005, Mike Ditka portrayed himself in the comedy Kicking & Screaming. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... SNL redirects here. ... 3rd Rock From the Sun was an American television situation comedy that ran from 1996 until 2001. ... The year 2005 in film involved some significant events. ... For the 1995 film, see Kicking and Screaming. ...


Ditka is also one of the owners of the Chicago Rush, an Arena Football Team. After the Rush's victory at ArenaBowl XX, Ditka could be seen celebrating on the field. Conference American Division Central Year founded 2001 Home arena Allstate Arena City, State Rosemont, Illinois Head Coach Mike Hohensee ArenaBowl championships 1: 2006 Conference titles 1: 2006 Division titles 3: 2002, 2004, 2007 Wild Card berths 4: 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006 The Chicago Rush are a team in the Arena... The Arena Football League (AFL) was founded in 1987 as an American football indoor league. ... Date June 11, 2006 Arena Thomas & Mack Center City Las Vegas, Nevada Attendance 13,476 Offensive Player of the Game Matt DOrazio, QB, Chicago Defensive Player of the Game Dennison Robinson, WR/DB, Chicago Ironman of the Game Bob McMillen, FB/LB, Chicago Winning Coach Mike Hohensee Losing Coach...


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 money to former NFL players in need of money and medical assistance. Angry at the wealthy NFL ignoring the players that helped to create the league, Ditka and other former players have since been attempting to raise money, in the words of Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure, "for guys who made this league and built it on their backs, their knees, their legs and now they're all broken down and they can't even get a decent pension."[8]


Ditka was a sponsor of Consort hair spray for men.


Ditka is a FOTS (Friend of the Show) on Team 1380's The Morning After in St. Louis.


Politics

In July 2004, Ditka, a self-described "ultra-ultra-ultra conservative", [2] was reportedly considering running against Democrat Barack Obama for an open seat in the U.S. Senate for Illinois in the 2004 Senate election. The seat was being vacated by Peter Fitzgerald, a Republican, and Republican nominee Jack Ryan withdrew from the race amid controversy at the end of June, leaving the Republicans in a bind. Local and national political leaders, from Illinois Republican Party Chair Judy Baar Topinka to Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee Chair Sen. George Allen, whose father by the same name was an assistant coach with the Bears in the 1960s when Ditka played, met with Ditka in an effort to persuade him to fill the spot on the ticket. 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December See also: July 2004 in sports Deaths in July • 31 David B. Haight • 29 Francis Crick • 29 Nafisa Joseph • 23 Joe Cahill • 23 Mehmood • 23 Illinois Jacquet • 23 Carlos Paredes • 22 Sacha Distel • 21 Jerry Goldsmith • 21... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... “Barack” redirects here. ... Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (140,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ...  Republican holds  Republican pickups  Democratic holds  Democratic pickups The United States Senate election, 2004 was an election for one-third of the seats in the United States Senate which coincided with the re-election of George W. Bush as president and the United States House election, as well as many... Peter G. Fitzgerald (born October 20, 1960) was the junior United States Senator from Illinois from 1999 until 2005. ... GOP redirects here. ... This article or section includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Judy Baar Topinka. ... George Felix Allen (born March 8, 1952, in Whittier, California) is a Republican United States Senator from Virginia. ... George Herbert Allen (April 29, 1918 – December 31, 1990) was an American football coach in the NFL. // Allen was born in Detroit, Michigan, where his father, Earl Raymond Allen, was recorded in the 1920 and 1930 U. S. census records for Wayne County, Michigan as working as a chauffeur to...


On July 14, however, Ditka announced he would not seek the nomination, citing personal and business considerations (his wife was against the run and he operates a chain of restaurants)[9]. Barack Obama went on to defeat former ambassador Alan Keyes in the November 2004 election. is the 195th day of the year (196th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Alan Keyes (born August 7, 1950) is an American political activist, author and former diplomat. ...


See also

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References

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  2. ^ Mike Ditka page on ChicagoBears.com
  3. ^ http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/years.html
  4. ^ Greatest NFL Teams of All Time
  5. ^ (blacklisted link)
  6. ^ Ditka's Defense Falters
  7. ^ http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B0DEED81738F934A25751C1A961948260 Ditka Cuts Interviews
  8. ^ Ditka joins fight for older players
  9. ^ http://www.local6.com/news/3532156/detail.html

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Mike Ditka Summary (1619 words)
Ditka was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1967, where he spent two seasons, before being shipped off to the Dallas Cowboys in 1969.
Ditka was roundly criticized for the trading of all of the team's 1999 draft picks to the Washington Redskins in order to move up in the draft and select Texas RB Ricky Williams.
In July 2004, Ditka was reportedly considering running against Democrat Barack Obama for an open seat in the U.S. Senate for Illinois in the 2004 Senate election.
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