1. Some of Mike Ditka's comments, most notably regarding former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protests, have garnered controversy due to Ditka's position with ESPN.
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4. Mike Ditka was seen wearing a Green Bay Packers sweater vest.
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7. Mike Ditka owns a chain of restaurants, "Mike Ditka's", which has three locations in Illinois and one in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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8. In January 2007, Mike Ditka used the Super Bowl return of the Chicago Bears as a platform to promote efforts by many early NFL players trying to raise support for former NFL players in need of money and medical assistance; he is a key member in the Gridiron Greats.
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9. Mike Ditka appeared in several ads for Montgomery Ward in the early 1990s, promoting their electronics and appliances department, known as Electric Avenue.
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12. In March 2016, ESPN and Mike Ditka announced he would move to Sportscenter for remote-broadcasting analysis, as Ditka disliked the long trek from his home to the studio.
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14. Mike Ditka scored two touchdowns on offensive fumble recoveries, tying seven other players for the most in NFL history.
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15. In 1997, Mike Ditka was hired as head coach by the New Orleans Saints.
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20. Mike Ditka scored 12 receiving touchdowns, which was the most by a Bears rookie.
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21. Mike Ditka signed with the Bears and his presence was immediately felt.
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22. Mike Ditka was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1968.
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25. Mike Ditka played for the University of Pittsburgh from 1958 until 1960, where he became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
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26. Mike Ditka was born as Michael Dyczko in the Pittsburgh-area town of Carnegie, Pennsylvania on October 18, 1939.
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27. Mike Ditka is the only person to participate in both of the last two Chicago Bears' league championships, as a player in 1963 and as head coach in 1985.
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28. Mike Ditka coached the New Orleans Saints for three years.
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