Ten fun facts about Mike Ditka


Fact 1
Ditka coached the Chicago Bears for 11 years and New Orleans Saints for three years.

Fact 2
Ditka was born as Michael Dyczko. The surname "Dyczko" was difficult to pronounce in his hometown, so the family name was changed to "Ditka."

Fact 3
Ditka and Tom Flores are the only two people to win an NFL title as a player, an assistant coach, and a head coach.


Fact 4
Ditka is also the only individual in NFL modern history to win a championship with the same team as a player and a head coach.

Fact 5
In 1999, he was ranked number 90 on The Sporting News's list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.

Fact 6
He is currently a commentator on ESPN's NFL Live, ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown, and CBS Radio-Westwood One's Monday Night Football pregame show.

Fact 7
In 1991, Ditka cooperated with Accolade to produce the computer game Mike Ditka's Ultimate Football.

Fact 8
Ditka was inducted to the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

Fact 9
Ditka has also done guest spots and cameos on shows from L.A. Law to Saturday Night Live, and 3rd Rock from the Sun.

Fact 10
In 2005, Ditka portrayed himself in the comedy Kicking & Screaming as a little league soccer coach, alongside Will Ferrell.


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