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Mike Ditka is a well-known former football player from America.

Mike Ditka, besides being a former American football player, is a television commentator and coach. Ditka had been selected five times for the Pro Bowl and was also acknowledged as the UPI NFL Rookie Of The Year in 1961.

He also served as an assistant coach. Mike Ditka has also been given the moniker 'Iron Mike'. Iron Mike became famous as an NFL Champion after he led the Chicago Bears to victory and helped his team win the Super Bowl thrice. He is one iconic player who has played both the college and the pro league. His moniker is a reference to the iconic steel town of Pennsylvania, where he was born. Along with Tom Flores, Mike is the only player who has won NFL titles in all three playing categories—player, assistant coach, and head coach. He won the AP and UPI NFL Coach Of The Year awards in 1985 and 1988, respectively, as the Head Coach of the Chicago Bears. His real name is Michael Dyczko, and he was born to the welder Mike Ditka Sr. and Charlotte Keller on October 18, 1939. Despite his family running the coal-mining business, Mike wanted to get out of his hometown and the manufacturing jobs that it provided. He thought going to college was the best way out. He aspired to be a dentist and was chosen by three universities—Pittsburgh, Penn State, and Notre Dame. Mike Ditka ultimately went on to represent his college, Pittsburgh, from 1958-1960.

In this article, we have made a compilation of some well-known and inspiring Mike Ditka quotations based on achieving success, hard work, and health. These quotes will definitely help you to achieve what you desire.

Mike Ditka Quotes On Success

Here are some popular Mike Ditka quotes that will help you achieve success in your life. Have a look at them below.

"Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace."

"The ones who want to achieve and win championships motivate themselves."

"Success isn't measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace."

"Success isn't permanent, and failure isn't fatal."

"Success is about having, excellence is about being. Success is about having money and fame, but excellence is being the best you can be."

"Life's not about money. Look at achievements, accomplishments . It's about having fun. It's about enjoying life."

"Success is about taking advantage of opportunity."

"Success is never permanent, and failure is never final."

"I’m not going to make it the all – everything. Our (the Saints) goal is to get better, make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl, but I’m not gonna anguish over it like I have in the past."

Mike Ditka Quotes On Hard Work

Here are some popular Mike Ditka quotations on hard work that will surely help you achieve success and win in your lives.

"Effort without talent is a depressing situation... but talent without effort is a tragedy."

"If you are determined enough and willing to pay the price, you can get it done."

"If God had wanted man to play soccer, he wouldn't have given us arms."

"If things came easy, then everybody would be great at what they did, let's face it."

"If you don't play, then don't pick up a paycheck. Competition is why you play the game. I understand they've already reached some goals. That's all good. But if you can make history, take a shot at it."

"Coffee, It’s the life blood that fuels the dreams of champions!"

"Sometimes, God gives you physical talent and takes away the brain."

"What's the difference between a three-week-old puppy and a sportswriter? In six weeks, the puppy stops whining."

""Losers quit when they're tired. Winners quit when they've won."

"You gotta live in the moment.  I don't care what you've done in your life, it has nothing to do with what you're gonna do or what you can do. The past is history, tomorrow is a mystery. But today is a gift-that's why they call it the present."

"Before you can win, you have to believe you are worthy."

"I don't know how to put it, but yet you know we have so many people who the way they look at life, the way they work depends on what happens, us winning or losing. It's kind of crazy. So, I kind of got caught up in that, I'm gonna try to stay away from that."

"Motivation comes from within each individual. It's a personal thing. It's pride, guts, desire, whatever you want to call it; some people have it in their bellies, and some don't."

"I don't think anything is unrealistic if you believe you can do it. I think if you are determined enough and willing to pay the price, you can get it done."

"What you feel spiritually. I think a lot of that has to do with it. If you have no spiritual life, chances are everything is going to aggravate you, you’re going to fly off the handle at everything and that’s what I did in the past. I’ve kind of got that under control now."

"You're never a loser until you quit trying."

"I don’t believe in living in the past. Living in the past is for cowards. If you live in the past, you die in the past."

Mike Ditka Quotes On Health

Have a look at our list of some famous health-based quotations given by the popular football player, Mike Ditka.

"Here's what I tell anybody and this is what I believe. The greatest gift we have is the gift of life. We understand that. That comes from our Creator. We're given a body. Now you may not like it, but you can maximize that body the best it can be maximized."

"Basically, my problem was attributed to stress more than anything. I don't know what that does and I guess doctors can tell you that there's chemicals that build up in your system when you go through a lot of stress and constant stress."

"I do some weights and I do a lot of stretching."

"I really believe the only way to stay healthy is to eat properly, get your rest, and exercise. If you don't exercise and do the other two, I still don't think it's going to help you that much."

"When I get my heart rate up, I get good exercise and I think it's good for a lot of things, plus it's not hurting my hips right now."

"When I put some Tabasco on things, and there's really nothing in Tabasco, it's not bad for you in any way, so that's kind of become my substitute. Now you got to get used to a hot mouth, but that's okay."

"Not really, and actually my cholesterol was 190 when I had the heart attack. 190, which isn't that high. I took it down to about 130 and it's probably about 140 or 145 now."

"You see people who have been very heavy in their life who have taken that body, trimmed it down, firmed it up through discipline, exercise, and being able to say no. Eating properly, that all comes into it."

"Some people are willing to pay the price, and it's the same with staying healthy or eating healthy. There's some discipline involved. There are some sacrifices."

"One of my favorite things is mayonnaise, and I have to tell you that. I love mayonnaise, but I don't eat it any more. If I do, I put light mayonnaise on it, which I know is still not good, but it's a lot better than the other one, and I don't eat it that much."

"So, when it comes to eating healthy, it's just doing the right thing. And it's not something you have to do 365 days a year, but I think it's something you have to do 25 days a month. Let's put it that way."

"I always tell people I want to live to be 150, and they say why would you want to do that. I say, well there's a few people I haven't made mad yet, I want to get them."

"It's your body and you're going to have a much better life, you are going to have a quality life, better lifestyle, you're going to be healthier, you're going to be happier, you're going to enjoy the people around you and they're going to enjoy you more."

"There's just me and my wife and a dog, and we feed him Healthy Choice also."

"Eating properly is great. I mean you cut the fat down, cut the cholesterol out, but still you got to get your rest and you got to have some form of exercise."

"I’ve been into the habit of freezing white grapes and using them as a snack. Instead of eating peanuts or popcorn or something like that or pretzels, I just eat the white grapes."

"I mean, when you've had a problem in your past, whether it's attributed directly to high cholesterol or not, you want to lower your cholesterol. You want to eat healthy. You want to feel healthy. You want to have a little more energy."

"Well, after I had the heart attack, it was a very simple choice. What the doctor told me I did and I did it religiously. I ate nothing but lean turkey breast, chicken breast, or a piece of fish that was very lean. I mean I stayed away from everything."

"I think it's important to stretch as you get older, but I try to do basically all the things I did when I played, except I can't do them as well and as much."

"I do like beer, but lately I've started drinking non-alcoholic beer and I like the taste of it and I don't get the alcohol, so that's a good alternative also."

"The greatest gift we have is the gift of life."

"When I put some Tabasco on things, and there’s really nothing in Tabasco, it’s not bad for you in any way, so that’s kind of become my substitute. Now you got to get used to a hot mouth, but that’s okay."

"Really, if I'm gonna eat a meat, I'd rather eat venison than anything and I do like it a little on the rare side. That's probably my favorite meat, and I've had some awfully good venison in some of the great restaurants."

The Mike Ditka quotes will inspire you to lead a healthy life.

Mike Ditka Quotes On Leadership

This section of our article deals with some popular Mike Ditka quotes based on leadership.

"You got to sue the offensive line for non-support."

"When you step onto the football field, everybody's equal. And when you step off, everybody's not equal anymore."

"If you're not in the parade, you watch the parade. That's life."

"He’s just jealous. You know what they say. Empty tin cans make the most noise, and he’s an empty tin can. This game is between the Bears and the Eagles, not Ditka and Ryan. We all know who would win that one. Ditka, hands down."

"I’m not a mean player. You’ll notice I never pick on a player who has a number above 30."

"Those who live in the past are cowards and losers."

"I don’t care where you are, but the fans only remember your last time at bat."

"There are teams that are fair-haired and those that aren’t so fair-haired. Some teams are named Smith, some Grabowski. We’re Grabowskis!"

"Just because you liked something as a youngster doesn’t mean you have to like it as an adult. You can change your taste a little bit on the sweets and things like that."

"I will never coach again. I don’t want to, but I wouldn’t even if I did."

"Those players really believe in him."

"Promises are empty words if you’re not keeping them."

"In life, you get what you tolerate."

"People want a cop-out, listen I’m a realist and I talk about motivation, talk about all the things it takes to be greater or are important to win and people want to use excuses all the time."

Other Interesting Mike Ditka Quotes

Check out some other well-known quotes by the iconic football player Mike Ditka that everyone should know.

"Cap Boso? How could I cut a guy with a name like that?"

"We have a strange and wonderful relationship - he's strange and I'm wonderful."

"The shoulder surgery was a success. The lobotomy failed."

"Can’t make chicken salad out of chicken noodle."

"I understand that people don't want to smoke. Fine. Don't smoke. You don't want to go into a restaurant where there's [smoking]. Don't go in there. But don't impose your will-the will of a few-on the lives of many."

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Joan Agie

<p>With 3+ years of research and content writing experience across several niches, especially on education, technology, and business topics. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and has worked as a researcher and writer for organizations across Nigeria, the US, the UK, and Germany. Joan enjoys meditation, watching movies, and learning new languages in her free time.</p>

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