Mike Ditka calls cold-weather Super Bowl 'stupid'

Mike Ditka calls cold-weather Super Bowl 'stupid'

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Mike Ditka on Super Bowl being played outdoors in New Jersey: "The game shouldn’t be there."
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Mike Ditka fell asleep during NFL Countdown [VIDEO]

Mike Ditka fell asleep during NFL Countdown [VIDEO]

Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Mike Ditka needed a little help from his fellow "Sunday NFL Countdown"-er Keyshawn Johnson to stay awake during broadcast this week.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, Oct. 18, 2013.
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Ditka's No. 89 to be retired by Chicago Bears

LAKE FOREST, Ill., May 24 (UPI) -- Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end Mike Ditka will have his No. 89 uniform number retired by the Chicago Bears this season.

Mike Ditka's son ordered to jail

WAUKEGAN, Ill., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Mark Ditka, son of former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka, was ordered to jail Tuesday for failing a drug test.
Ditka says he's OK after minor stroke

Ditka says he's OK after minor stroke

CHICAGO, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Former Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka declared himself healthy three days after suffering what was called a minor stroke at a Chicago-area country club.

Report: Ditka suffers 'very minor stroke'

CHICAGO, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Hall of Fame tight end and former Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka suffered a "very minor stroke" Friday, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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Ditka's son arrested for DUI

DEERFIELD, Ill., Oct. 10 (UPI) -- The son of former Chicago Bears head Coach and football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka was arrested for DUI and drug possession following a traffic stop, police said.

Ill. sports complex named for Ditka sold

BOLLINGBROOK, Ill., April 2 (UPI) -- The new owner of a suburban Chicago sports complex bearing Mike Ditka's name said he'll renovate it and lose the former Bears coach's name.

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Obama: '85 Bears 'greatest' NFL team ever

Obama: '85 Bears 'greatest' NFL team ever

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama welcomed the 1985 Super Bowl XX champion Chicago Bears to the White House Friday, calling them "the greatest team in NFL history"

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Ditka lashes out at Walter Payton book author

Ditka lashes out at Walter Payton book author

CHICAGO, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Former Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka said he would "spit on" Jeff Pearlman, author of a controversial book on deceased player Walter Payton.

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Mike Ditka
NOP2000010501 - 05 JANUARY 2000 - NEW ORLEANS, LA, USA: Saints Coach Mike Ditka watches as the Saints beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Louisiana Superdome Aug. 28, 1998. Ditka was fired by the Saints, January 5, after three straight losing seasons. Ditka has vowed never to coach again. jr/aj/A.J. Sisco UPI

Michael Keller Ditka, Jr. (born October 18, 1939), also known as "Iron Mike", 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.

Ditka was born as Michael Dyczko in the Pittsburgh-area town of Carnegie on October 18, 1939. The oldest child of Mike Sr. and Charlottte, he grew up in nearby Aliquippa, Pennsylvania with siblings Ashton, David, and Mary Ann. Mike Sr., a welder, was one of three brothers of a Ukrainian family in the coal mining and steel manufacturing area in Western Pennsylvania. The surname "Dyczko" was difficult to pronounce in his hometown, so the family name was changed to "Ditka." Ditka attended St. Titus School.

A three-sport star at Aliquippa High School, Ditka hoped to escape his hometown's manufacturing jobs by attending college with a football scholarship. Planning to become a dentist, he was recruited by Notre Dame, Penn State, and 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 three 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.

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