KICKING AND SCREAMING
MIKE DITKA (Himself) is the second and only other person to ever win the
Super Bowl as a player, assistant coach and head coach. He was also the first tight end to
be inducted, in 1988, into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, after retiring with 427 career
receptions—the most ever by a tight end at that time.
Ditka attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he played football as a
defensive end, linebacker and tight end. In 1960, as a college senior, he was named All-
In 1961, the Chicago Bears drafted Ditka in the first round. That same year, he
was voted NFL Rookie of the Year. In 1967, he was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles
where he played for two years. He was then traded to the Dallas Cowboys where he
played from 1968-1972. In 1972, Ditka caught a seven-yard touchdown pass to help the
Cowboys win Super Bowl VI against the Miami Dolphins.
After his illustrious playing career, Ditka then worked as assistant coach for the
Dallas Cowboys from 1973-1981, with the team winning the Super Bowl in 1978.
He returned to the Chicago Bears in 1982 as head coach, resuscitating the team to
reach the National Football Conference playoffs in 1984 and 1985, ultimately winning
Super Bowl XX in 1986 against the New England Patriots.
From 1997-2000, Ditka was head coach for the New Orleans Saints.
As an actor, he has made guest appearances on such TV shows as L.A. Law,
Cheers, Coach, 3rd Rock From the Sun, Saturday Night Live (twice), Becker and
According to Jim.
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