Michael Keller Ditka, celebrated as Mike Ditka, is a former American football player, television commentator and a coach by profession. He was born on October 18, 1939 at Carnegie, Pennsylvania. He shares his ancestry from different countries where his father belonged to a Polish and Ukrainian family and his mother from an Irish and a German background. He is the first child of Mike Ditka Sr. and Charlotte Ditka. He has 3 other siblings named Ashton, David, and Mary Ann.
Mike did his schooling from Aliquippa High School where he was a three-sport star under the head coach Press Maravich. Later, he enrolled into University of Pittsburgh for his further studies. Apart from football, he also played baseball and basketball for his college. He started his professional career in 1961 where he was selected by Chicago Bears drafted fifth overall in the 1961 NFL Draft. In 1966, he left Chicago Bears and joined Philadelphia Eagles in 1967. He also played for Dallas Cowboys later in 1969.
After the retirement in 1972, he pursued a new career as assistant coach for Dallas Cowboys. He has also coached Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints. His broadcasting career started in 1992 where he was offered to work as an analyst on NFL Live and as a color commentator for many other NBC broadcasts by NBC. From there, Ditka has been a part of various other media projects such as The NFL Today, ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Football and many more.
Moving on to his personal life, Mike is a happily married man. He was married to Marge Ditka in 1961 however, the marriage did not lasted for a long time and the couple divorced in 1973. Mike’s extra-marital affair is said to be the reason behind their separation. Mike and Marge have three sons named Mark Ditka, Matt Ditka and Mike Ditka III, and a daughter named Megan Ditka from their marriage. Later in 1977, he got married again to Diana Ditka. He claim that his current marriage is working out really well and that they both share a very good understanding. He has a list of destinations where he wishes to travel with his family. The couple is also running a family restaurant where they work together to make the business successful.
Being one of the most famous personality in sports, Mike has been endorsing various big brands and companies such as Pepsi, Al’s Beef, Nancy’s Pizza and many more.
Apart from sports and media, he is also very much active in charity works and events. He is also in the Board of Directors of Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund (GGAF) which provides financial grants and ‘pro bono’ medical assistance to retired NFL players in dire need.
Ditka has an estimated net worth of around $30 million and earns a very good salary. He has got a very good personality along with an attractive height of 6 ft. 3 in. and total weight of 102 kg.
To know more news about Mike Ditka, he can be followed on different social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Wiki. Besides, there are different sites which provide a brief bio on him.
Last modified: September 30, 2016
Published on: September 30, 2016
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