Mike Ditka played college football at the University of Pittsburgh and was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1968. He then played tight end in the NFL from 1961 to 1972 and was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame in 1988.
He was a tough player and an even tougher NFL coach. He was also known for taking responsibility for his failure and mistakes as much as for his achievements and he held his players to the same high standard.
In a recent radio interview, the 77-year-old player/coach blasted the NFL players for disgracing the game. He said the game has been good to them but they are disgracing it by their actions. He also blasted the NFL for not stopping the disgraceful protests.
NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka has never been considered “shy” when it comes to giving his opinion.
The former Chicago Bears football coach has a reputation for being as tough as the mascot for his old football team. He was a gritty, hard as nails leader who demanded the best from his players and never tolerated excuses for failure. He also wasn’t ever one to GIVE excuses for his own failures.
He hasn’t changed much since his days on the gridiron, and in a radio interview with Jim Gray before last night’s game, Ditka made it clear that he has no “chill.” He is not happy with the state of the game, the mindset of the protesting players, or the league’s reaction to what is going on.
Gray asked Ditka for his thoughts on the ongoing protests, and Ditka made no bones about what he’d seen: …
I totally agree with one thing Ditka said and that was he didn’t care who they were or how much money they made, if they don’t respect our country, then they should go to some other country and play football, adding if they did, they probably wouldn’t have a job. If you don’t respect the flag or country, then adios, said Coach Ditka.