Pro Football Hall of Famer and Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Ditka joined ESPN as an NFL analyst in 2004. With a combined 26 years of playing (12) and head coaching (14) experience, Ditka is currently an analyst on Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown, covering the Super Bowl and while making regular appearances on ESPN Radio and SportsCenter.
Ditka boasts a career few can match. He is only the second person to win the Super Bowl as a player (Dallas, 1972), assistant coach (Dallas, 1977) and head coach (Chicago, 1986). He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988, becoming the first tight end to receive this honor.
After earning All-America honors at the University of Pittsburgh, the tight end enjoyed a stellar 12-year professional playing career. Drafted in the first-round of the 1961 NFL Draft by the Bears, he was named NFL Rookie of the Year. He played tight end for the Bears (1961-1966), Philadelphia Eagles (1967-1968) and Dallas Cowboys (1969-1972) and was selected All-Pro six times.
After retiring from playing, Ditka served as an assistant coach with Dallas, where his teams made it to the playoffs eight times, including the 1977 Super Bowl victory. His name has become synonymous with the Chicago Bears where he is known as “Da Coach” or “Iron Mike.” In 1982, he was hired for the head job in Chicago, and in 11 years, collected six NFC Central titles, three NFC championship game appearances, and the Super Bowl XX title (1986) for which he was named Coach of the Year. He earned the honor again in 1988 after coaching the Bears to the NFC championship game. Ditka left Chicago in 1992 with a 106-62 record with the Bears, only to return as head coach of the New Orleans Saints in 1997. He retired from coaching in 2000 with a overall career record of 121-95.
Ditka previously worked as an analyst and commentator at both CBS and NBC.
In addition to broadcasting, Ditka owns and operates Ditka’s restaurants with locations in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, and Oakbrook, Illinois. He also continues to generously devote himself to charitable endeavors, including Misericordia, a residential facility for mentally and physically challenged youths.
He splits his time between Chicago and Florida.