Hall Of Fame Head Coach for the Chicago Bears
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Mike Ditka was born October 18, 1939 and 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.
In 1982, Chicago Bears founder George Halas personally sought out Ditka to take over the head coaching reins, and reverse what had been a mostly dreary performance by the team in the years since Halas retired as head coach. Reversing the Bears' pitiful record of only two winning seasons in the previous nineteen, Ditka led the Bears to six NFC Central titles and three trips to the NFC Championship Game. Ditka's coaching career hit its pinnacle on January 26, 1986 with a 46-10 trouncing of the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ditka has stated that one of his biggest regrets in life was not letting Walter Payton score a touchdown in the Super Bowl, instead opting for Jim McMahon to run it in twice and rookie defensive tackle William "The Refrigerator" Perry to run it in once. Football commentators widely regard the 1985 Bears defense as one of the best ever, which was masterminded by defensive coordinator, Buddy Ryan, with little oversight from Ditka. In an unusual gesture, following the Bears Super Bowl victory, Ryan, as well as Ditka, was carried off the field by team members. In addition, the 1985 Chicago Bears are one of the few teams who consistently challenge the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins for the unofficial title of the "Greatest NFL Team of All-Time." The NFL Network America's Game rated the 1985 Bears as the second best Super Bowl champions ever.
Buddy Ryan left in 1986 to become the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. When asked if he was happy Ryan was gone, Ditka replied he was not happy but "elated." In 1986, 1987 and 1988, the Bears won the Central Division title and finished each year with either the best or second best record in the NFC. However, all three teams lost in the playoffs at home. Ditka suffered a heart attack during the 1988 season and was expected to miss much of the season, but was on the sidelines as an "advisor" the next week and back in full charge the week after.
The Bears started 4-0 in 1989, but a series of last-second losses eventually led to a complete meltdown at the end of the season as the Bears finished 6-10. The Bears rallied to win a weak Central Division in 1990 and make the playoffs as a wild card in 1991, but were eliminated convincingly in the early rounds. After dropping to 5-11 in the 1992 season, the Bears fired Ditka.
He was awarded NFL Coach of the Year honors in 1985 and 1988 by the Associated Press, The Sporting News, and Pro Football Weekly.
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Posted on 24 May 2013 | 4:17 pm
The Chicago Bears have announced that they will retire Pro Football Hall of Famer and former team head coach Mike Ditka's Number 89 jersey. The number will officially be retired during halftime of the Bears game versus the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 9's on their Monday Night Football matchup. "Mike Ditka embodies the spirit of everything the Bears are about," chairman George… [Read More]
Posted on 6 April 2013 | 12:04 am
IT companies around the country travel far and wide to attend the 4 day Robin Robins Bootcamp where they learn marketing and sales strategies from some of the best business professionals. Attendee's this year got quite the treat as Legendary NFL Coach Mike Ditka delivered a motivational keynote speech along with New York Times best-selling author Mark Sanborn. Shortly after the… [Read More]
Posted on 28 February 2013 | 1:04 am
The 14th annual Mike Ditka-Jim Hart Celebrity Golf Invitational will take place at the Golf Club of the Everglades in Naples, Florida on April 6, 2013. Former football, basketball and hockey stars including legendary Chicago Bears' coach Mike Ditka will compete to benefit the Foundation for the Immokalee Child Care Center, an early education and development child care center in… [Read More]
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