Mike Ditka Fast Facts

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

个人

生日: 十月 18, 1939
出生地: Carnegie, 宾夕法尼亚州
    出生时的名字: Michael Keller Dyczko Jr.
    父亲: Michael Ditka Sr., steel mill worker and railroad union organizer
    母亲: 夏洛特 (凯勒) Ditka
    Marriages: 戴安娜 (Trantham) Ditka (七月 8, 1977-当下); Margery Dougherty (一月 28, 1961-九月 21, 1973, divorced)
    小孩儿: with Margery Dougherty: Michael III, 标记, Megan and Matthew
    教育: Attended the University of Pittsburgh, 1958-1960

    其他事实

    Surname was changed from Dyczko to Ditka when he was young.
    Nicknamed “铁迈克,” “Da Coach” 和 “The Hammer.
    Five-time Pro Bowl 播放器 (1961-1965 季节).
    NFL tight end with the Chicago Bears (1961-1966 季节), the Philadelphia Eagles (1967-1968 季节) and the Dallas Cowboys (1969-1972 季节).
    NFL head coach of the Chicago Bears (1982-1992 季节) and the New Orleans Saints (1997-1999 季节).
    One of only two coaches to win the 超级碗 as a player (1971 季节), 助理教练 (1977 季节) 和总教练 (1985 季节). 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.

    时间线

    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. (当时, the AFL and NFL had separate drafts). Ditka signs with the Bears for $ 12,000 plus a $ 6,000 bonus.
    十二月 1961 – Named NFL Rookie of the Year.
    十二月 29, 1963 – Ditka and the Chicago Bears defeat the New York Giants in the NFL championship game, 14-10.
    四月 26, 1967 – Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles.
    一月 27, 1969 – Traded to the Dallas Cowboys.
    一月 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.
    一月 15, 1978 – Assistant coach when the Dallas Cowboys defeat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XII, 27-10.
    1982-一月 5, 1993 – Head coach of the Chicago Bears, until he is fired following a 5-11 季节.
    十月 14, 1985 – Arrested near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. He is later convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, 被罚款 $ 300 and ordered to attend alcohol abuse classes.
    一月 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.
    七月 30, 1988 – First tight end inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
    十一月 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-当下 – Football analyst with ESPN.
    七月 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.
    十一月 16, 2012 – Suffers a minor stroke.
    可能 24, 2013 – The Chicago Bears announce the upcoming retirement of Ditka’s number 89, and that it will be the last number they retire. 的 ceremony takes place on December 9, 2013, during halftime at their game against the Dallas Cowboys.
    十月 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 — 种族, 宗教, 信条, 颜色, 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.
      十一月 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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