Mike Ditka Fast Facts

Here’s a look at the life of Hall of Fame football player and coach Mike Ditka.


Geboortedatum: Oktober 18, 1939
Geboorteplek: Carnegie, Pennsylvania
    Geboorte naam: Michael Keller Dyczko Jr.
    Vader: Michael Ditka Sr., steel mill worker and railroad union organizer
    Ma: Charlotte (Keller) Ditka
    Huwelike: Diana (Trantham) Ditka (Julie 8, 1977-aanwesig is); Margery Dougherty (Januarie 28, 1961-September 21, 1973, geskei)
    Kinders: with Margery Dougherty: Michael III, Merk, Megan and Matthew
    Onderwys: Attended the University of Pittsburgh, 1958-1960

    Ander feite

    Surname was changed from Dyczko to Ditka when he was young.
    Bynaam “Iron Mike,” “Da Coach” en “The Hammer.
    Five-time Pro Bowl speler (1961-1965 seisoene).
    NFL tight end with the Chicago Bears (1961-1966 seisoene), the Philadelphia Eagles (1967-1968 seisoene) and the Dallas Cowboys (1969-1972 seisoene).
    NFL head coach of the Chicago Bears (1982-1992 seisoene) and the New Orleans Saints (1997-1999 seisoene).
    One of only two coaches to win the Super Bowl as a player (1971 seisoen), assistant coach (1977 seisoen) and head coach (1985 seisoen). Tom Flores is the other.
    Was part-owner of the Arena Football team, the Chicago Rush.
    Owner of the restaurant chain Ditka’s.
    President of the nonprofit Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, which assists retired NFL players medically and financially.


    1961 – Selected first round, fifth overall by the Chicago Bears in the NFL Draft; and also selected first round, eighth overall by the Houston Oilers in the AFL Draft. (Op daardie stadium, the AFL and NFL had separate drafts). Ditka signs with the Bears for $ 12,000 plus a $ 6,000 bonus.
    Desember 1961 – Named NFL Rookie of the Year.
    Desember 29, 1963 – Ditka and the Chicago Bears defeat the New York Giants in the NFL championship game, 14-10.
    April 26, 1967 – Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles.
    Januarie 27, 1969 – Traded to the Dallas Cowboys.
    Januarie 16, 1972 – Catches a 7-yard touchdown pass in the Dallas Cowboysvictory over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VI, 24-3.
    1973 – Retires as a player and becomes an assistant coach with the Dallas Cowboys.
    Januarie 15, 1978 – Assistant coach when the Dallas Cowboys defeat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XII, 27-10.
    1982-Januarie 5, 1993 – Head coach of the Chicago Bears, until he is fired following a 5-11 seisoen.
    Oktober 14, 1985 – Arrested near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. He is later convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, beboet $ 300 and ordered to attend alcohol abuse classes.
    Januarie 26, 1986 – Coaches the Chicago Bears to a 46-10 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX.
    1986 – Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
    Julie 30, 1988 – First tight end inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
    November 1988 – Suffers a minor heart attack.
    1989 – Founds the Mike Ditka Foundation, which raises money for pediatric AIDS research and Misericordia, a Chicago-based organization supporting individuals with developmental disabilities.
    1993 – Becomes an NFL studio analyst with NBC.
    1997-2000 – Head coach of the New Orleans Saints until he is fired in January 2000.
    2000 – Becomes an NFL studio analyst with CBS.
    2004-aanwesig is – Football analyst with ESPN.
    Julie 2004 – After being approached by a group of Illinois Republicans, announces that he has decided not to run for the open US Senate seat in Illinois.
    2011 – Invests in the Elite Football League of India, originally comprised of eight teams from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka playing American-style football.
    November 16, 2012 – Suffers a minor stroke.
    Mei 24, 2013 – The Chicago Bears announce the upcoming retirement of Ditka’s number 89, and that it will be the last number they retire. Die ceremony takes place on December 9, 2013, during halftime at their game against the Dallas Cowboys.
    Oktober 9, 2017 – During a radio interview, regarding NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem to protest racial injustice, Ditka says, “There has been no oppression in the last 100 years that I know of. Now maybe I’m not watching it as carefully as other people. I think the opportunity is there for everybody — ras, godsdiens, creed, kleur, nationality. If you want to work, if you want to try, if you want to put effort in, I think you can accomplish anything.He apologizes the next day in a statement, clarifying, “I have absolutely seen oppression in society in the last 100 years and I am completely intolerant of any discrimination. The interview was about the NFL and the related issues.
      November 24, 2018 – Ditka’s agent Steve Mandell tells ESPN that Ditka is recovering after suffering a mild heart attack earlier in the week, and that doctors inserted a pacemaker.




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