Does the name Mike Ditka strike your ears? Yes, it is that same person who is nicknamed as “Iron Mike”. Football lovers know him for his excellent performance as an ex- NFL player and his superb commentary in various sports programs such as Monday Night Football and Sunday NFL Countdown. Most importantly, he is well known for his spirited career in the 1960s, with the Chicago Bears. Today, let’s learn more about career, biography and definitely about Mike Ditka’s net worth in 2018.
Early Life and Biography
Born in October 1939, Mike Ditka is an American footballer. He was born in Carnegie, Pennsylvania. His full name is Michael Dyczko. Since it was hard to call out this Ukrainian surname “Dyczko” in their hometown, they changed it into “Ditka”. He completed his schooling from St. Titus School and later attended the University of Pittsburgh with the help of a football scholarship.
In Aliquippa High School, he was coached by Press Maravich, the head coach. Ditka was known as a three-sport athlete at his high school and continued to be the same throughout college. Apart from football, the other two sports he excelled in were baseball and basketball. In 1968, he was treasured in the College Football Hall of Fame.
The personal life of this famous footballer is as much publicity as he wants it to be. We are not much informed about his extremely private matters. The 6’3” handsome football player has been married twice but is currently single.
He is around 78 years of age. He was previously with Margery Ditka but later married Diana Trantham in 1977 and four kids. Mark, Megan, Matt and Mike are the names of his four kids. He also had siblings named Mary Ann, Mike Ditka III, Ashton and David. Charlotte and Mike Ditka Sr. are his proud parents.
Career, Awards & Nominations
As we learn from his early life, he has struggled from his childhood and attained his present position in life. In his final year at college, he was chosen by Chicago Bears for the 1961 NFL Draft and played till 1966 with them. Then he went with the Philadelphia Eagles for 1967-68. From 1969 to 1972 until his retirement, he continued to play for the Dallas Cowboys.
In this varied and wide football career, he was chosen five times for Pro Bowl and also won the Super Bowl three times. Such a dedicated football player cannot be kept away from the game even after retirement, and so he continued to coach the Dallas Cowboys as an asset. Coach till 1981 and then coached the Chicago Bears from 1982 to 1992. The New Orleans Saints also had him as their coach from 1997-99.
Net Worth and Earnings
His profession as a coach of various football teams paid him huge sums of money which mostly contributed to his wealth. He also famed as a brilliant sports commentator working with ESPN and CBS. He also earned from many ads and endorsements. Considering all his earnings throughout his life, he is worth $40 million.
A versatile personality like him, who being a terrific footballer has also appeared in movies and TV shows. No wonder so many people look up to him as their idol.