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Ditka says a stroke won’t keep him down: “I’m Iron Mike”

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Mike Ditka was back to talking football on Monday morning, three days after he was hospitalized in Chicago with a minor stroke.

The 73-year-old Ditka appeared on Mike and Mike in the Morning and said he’s feeling fine and eager to get back to work as an ESPN analyst after watching football from his couch on Sunday.

“I feel pretty darn good. I’m optimistic. I feel good about everything: I’m Iron Mike,” he said. “I watched almost all the games.”

Ditka’s speech sounded fine and he was sharp and aware of all the day’s news in the NFL, and he said he viewed his stroke as more of a speed bump than a life-altering event.

“I was kind of driving down the highway of life really fast, and I had a flat tire,” Ditka said “I’m OK. You don’t expect those things to happen, but they come up on you.”

A Hall of Fame tight end who played for the Bears, Eagles and Cowboys, Ditka coached the 1985 Bears to the championship at Super Bowl XX.

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10 Responses to “Ditka says a stroke won’t keep him down: “I’m Iron Mike””
  1. dfeltz says: Nov 19, 2012 9:49 AM

    I’m glad Da’ Coach is recovering nicely.

  2. hurrayforyogapants says: Nov 19, 2012 9:50 AM

    It’s going to take a lot more than a stroke to slow down Ditka.

  3. tucostacos says: Nov 19, 2012 9:54 AM


  4. tlmoon2112 says: Nov 19, 2012 11:24 AM

    Praying for Coach Ditka, he and Boomer are the only 2 people on that stage on Sundays that reasonably sane.

  5. emceevajayjay says: Nov 19, 2012 11:59 AM

    Who would win between a hurricane, and coach ditka? But wait, the name of the hurricane is “hurricane ditka”?

  6. cometkazie says: Nov 19, 2012 2:22 PM

    You tell ’em, coach!

  7. deweyaxewound says: Nov 19, 2012 3:06 PM

    You guys missed the BEST line of that interview.

    “I’m Iron Mike, c’mon. A little rusty, but Iron Mike…”

    No appreciation for the wordplay?

    Anyway, glad you’re okay, Coach.

    Turns out Ditka intimidates DEATH itself!

  8. deltaoracle says: Nov 19, 2012 4:06 PM

    Loved to hate him when he coached the Bears. Now I just have a smile whenever he’s talking, especially when he gets a little wound up. Fun to hear someone who doesn’t hold anything back.

  9. AlohaMrHand says: Nov 19, 2012 6:30 PM

    Never been a fan of his but my GOD is he tough!Ditka is a mans man in every sense of the word.

  10. 11thstreetmafia says: Nov 19, 2012 7:55 PM

    Ditka vs. stroke…..Ditka 1, stroke 0.

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