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A collection of thoughts and quotes by Mike Ditka on game, lose, spirit, win, football, soccer, success, peace, trying, life, discipline and fitness.

70 Motivational Quotes By Mike Ditka For The Football Fans

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Mike Ditka is a former American football player and coach also known to be a sports commentator. As a child, he played every possible game but soon realized his never-ending passion for football. His skills brought him offers of football scholarships from many renowned universities and he chose to play for the ‘University of Pittsburgh’. He started his professional career with the ‘Bears NFL Team’ where he showcased his prolific playing talent for the next four years before playing for a couple of other renowned teams. After retiring as a player he was appointed as an assistant coach by the ‘Dallas Cowboys’. He worked there for the next nine seasons to become the head coach of ‘Chicago Bears’. He gradually developed the team to win two consecutive ‘Central Division title’. He further served an unsuccessful term of three years as the head coach of ‘New Orleans Saints’ team. Apart from this he has also appeared in films, proved his prominence as a commentator and also owns a wine production business. He has been honored with various awards including a couple of the renowned ‘NFL Coach of the Year’ title. He is popular by the name of ‘Iron Mike’ and his thoughts; work and life are a source of inspiration for people from all walks of life. Take a look at the famous quotations and sayings by Mike Ditka, the man who has a flair for being crisp, obstinate and spellbinding.

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

- Mike Ditka

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

- Mike Ditka

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

- Mike Ditka

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

- Mike Ditka

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

- Mike Ditka

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.

- Mike Ditka

Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace.

- Mike Ditka

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

- 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.

- Mike Ditka

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

- 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

You never really lose until you quit trying.

- Mike Ditka

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

- Mike Ditka

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

- Mike Ditka

I think your alcohol intake has to change. You know, usually a big person feels they can drink anything they want to and as much as they want to and I've cut that way back.

- 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

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

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

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

- Mike Ditka

You are never a loser until you quit trying.

- Mike Ditka

You're never a loser until you quit trying

- Mike Ditka

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

- 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 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

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

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

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

- Mike Ditka

If God wanted us to play soccer, he would've given only 1 in 11 people arms.

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

- Mike Ditka

Success is never permanent, and failure is never final.

- Mike Ditka

Success is about taking advantage of opportunity.

- Mike Ditka

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

- 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

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

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.

- 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

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

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

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.

- Mike Ditka

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

- Mike Ditka

The shoulder surgery was a success. The lobotomy failed.

- Mike Ditka

Failure isn't fatal unless you let it be.

- Mike Ditka

In life, you get what you tolerate.

- Mike Ditka

Promises are empty words if you're not keeping them.

- Mike Ditka

Success is about having. Excellence is about Being!

- Mike Ditka

You got to sue the offensive line for non-support

- Mike Ditka

Success isnt permanent & failure isnt fatal.

- Mike Ditka

Success is not permanent & failure is not fatal.

- Mike Ditka

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.

- Mike Ditka

You have to be tough.

- 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

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

- 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

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

- Mike Ditka

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

- 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

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

- Mike Ditka

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.

- 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

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

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'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

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

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

- Mike Ditka

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

- Mike Ditka

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.

- Mike Ditka

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.

- 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

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 or chicken breast or a piece of fish that was very lean. I mean I stayed away from everything.

- Mike Ditka