Modern Business Host, Co-Executive Producer, and Narrator, Mike Ditka
Known as “Iron Mike” on the football field and a highly respected coach to the players he helped form into winning teams, Hall-of-famer Mike Ditka attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he was named first-team All-American in 1960 and was hailed as 1961 NFL Rookie of Year. A first-round draft selection by the Chicago Bears, he’s a five-time Pro Bowl selection and five-time All-Pro tight end with the Bears, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys.
His biggest wins as a player include an NFL championship with the 1963 Bears and the Super Bowl championship three-times, including with the Cowboys Super Bowl VI team. As a member of the coaching staff, he took the Cowboys to Super Bowl XII, and served as head coach for the Bears in Super Bowl XX ▬ both championship teams. He was also named to the NFL’s All-Time Team for both its 50th and 75th anniversaries. As a coach for the Bears for 11 years, he was twice honored with NFL Coach of Year awards. Since 2001, he has been co-owner of the Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League.
The fiercely determined and competitive Ditka rarely missed a game during his long career on the gridiron. In 1988, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame ▬ the first tight end ever to receive the honor. Again, in 1994, he was one of two tight ends named to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.
Most recently, Iron Mike has been a commentator on NFL broadcasts for ESPN and NFL Network. He is also a product spokesperson, appearing in TV sitcoms, commercials and video games. His book, Ditka: An Autobiography, co-written with Don Pierson, was published in 1986. Mike’s business ventures have seen him become a restaurateur and resort owner. “Ditka’s” restaurants are found across the country, further illustrating his versatility as a businessman and his drive to involve himself in successful ventures that go far beyond the locker room.