65 Mike Ditka Quotes on Success, Football and Life

Mike Ditka was a famous NFL tight end during the 1960s and 1970s and later became a successful coach.

After playing college football at the University of Pittsburgh, Ditka was selected in the first round by the Chicago Bears earning accolades such as NFL Rookie of the Year and multiple Pro Bowl selections.

Mike Ditka Quotes

He also played for the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles helping the latter win a Super Bowl.

As a coach he led the Bears to a Super Bowl victory three NFC championships and six division titles making him one of the few individuals to win Super Bowls as a player coach and executive.

I have listed below some of the motivational quotes by Mike Ditka.

Best Mike Ditka Quotes


Those who live in the past are cowards and losers. ~ Mike Ditka.


You have to be tough. ~ Mike Ditka.


Success is never permanent, and failure is never final. ~ Mike Ditka.

We have a strange and wonderful relationship – he’s strange and I’m wonderful. ~ Mike Ditka.

You remember what happened when Eddie Pipp got hurt? A guy named Lou Gehrig took over. ~ Mike Ditka.


Losers quit when they’re tired. Winners quit when they’ve won. ~ Mike Ditka.

What’s the difference between a three-week-old puppy and a sportswriter? In six weeks, the puppy stops whining. ~ Mike Ditka.

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. ~ Mike Ditka.


The greatest gift we have is the gift of life. ~ Mike Ditka.

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. ~ Mike Ditka.

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. ~ Mike Ditka.

Jesus’s first temptation was to be relevant: to turn stones into bread. Oh, how often I wished I could do that! ~ Mike Ditka.

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. ~ Mike Ditka.


I do some weights and I do a lot of stretching. ~ Mike Ditka.

If God had wanted man to play soccer, he wouldn’t have given us arms. ~ Mike Ditka.

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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. ~ Mike Ditka.

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.


If God wanted us to play soccer, he would’ve given only 1 in 11 people arms. ~ Mike Ditka.

There’s just me and my wife and a dog and we feed him Healthy Choice also. ~ Mike Ditka.


The shoulder surgery was a success. The lobotomy failed. ~ Mike Ditka.

Cap Boso? How could I cut a guy with a name like that? ~ Mike Ditka.

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. ~ Mike Ditka.


Success is about taking advantage of opportunity. ~ Mike Ditka.

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! ~ Mike Ditka.

Top Mike Ditka Quotes

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. ~ Mike Ditka.

The ones who want to achieve and win championships motivate themselves. ~ Mike Ditka.

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


Failure isn’t fatal unless you let it be. ~ Mike Ditka.

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. ~ Mike Ditka.

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

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. ~ Mike Ditka.

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Those players really believe in him. ~ Mike Ditka.

I don’t pick on anybody who has a number above 30. ~ Mike Ditka.


In life, you get what you tolerate. ~ Mike Ditka.

If you’re not in the parade, you watch the parade. That’s life. ~ Mike Ditka.

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. ~ Mike Ditka.


Promises are empty words if you’re not keeping them. ~ Mike Ditka.

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. ~ Mike Ditka.

If things came easy, then everybody would be great at what they did. ~ Mike Ditka.

You got to sue the offensive line for non-support. ~ Mike Ditka.


Coffee, It’s the lifeblood that fuels the dreams of champions! ~ Mike Ditka.

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

Success isn’t measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace. ~ Mike Ditka.

Popular Mike Ditka Quotes

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’s some sacrifices. ~ Mike Ditka.


Effort without talent is a depressing situation… but talent without effort is a tragedy. ~ Mike Ditka.

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. ~ Mike Ditka.

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. ~ Mike Ditka.

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. ~ Mike Ditka.


Life’s not about money. Look at achievements, accomplishments. It’s about having fun. It’s about enjoying life. ~ Mike Ditka.

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. ~ Mike Ditka.

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. ~ Mike Ditka.

Can’t make chicken salad out of chicken noodle. ~ Mike Ditka.

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. ~ Mike Ditka.

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. ~ Mike Ditka.


Sometimes, God gives you physical talent and takes away the brain. ~ Mike Ditka.

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. ~ Mike Ditka.

Famous Mike Ditka Quotes

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

Success is about having. Excellence is about Being! ~ Mike Ditka.

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. ~ Mike Ditka.


You’re never a loser until you quit trying. ~ Mike Ditka.

Before you can win, you have to believe you are worthy. ~ Mike Ditka.

So these were the 65 top Mike Ditka quotes on football, life and success.

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