Mike Ditka - 1962 Topps

This is the only recognized rookie card of a legendary tough guy and former Chicago Bears coach. The slicked-back hair, the mean stare and the nickname Iron Mike all point to one man, Mike Ditka. While most modern-era fans remember Ditka best for his leadership of the Chicago Bears, Ditka redefined the position of tight end as a player. In fact, he would become the first tight end to ever be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988. Ditka's offensive numbers, coupled with his devastating blocking ability, made him a standout. Ditka finished with 427 receptions, 5,812 yards and 43 touchdowns as a pro. In 1963, Ditka led the Chicago Bears to a championship as a player and, 23 years later, he did it again as head coach for the same team. One of Ditka's last great moments as a player came in 1971 when the five-time Pro Bowl selection scored the final touchdown in the Super Bowl as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys went on to win that game 24-3 over the Miami Dolphins. As the head coach of the Bears for 11 years, Ditka was twice named the NFL Coach of the Year by the Associated Press (1985 and 1988). This card is subject to the typical condition obstacles associated with the issue, namely chipping and wear along the fragile black edges.

Mike Keller Ditka, Jr. (October 18, 1939-) (TE/Head Coach) is the only person to participate in the Chicago Bears last two championship seasons as a player and as a head coach. The native Pennsylvanian attended the University of Pittsburgh where he starting at tight end for three seasons and earned All-American honors. The Chicago Bears selected Mike with the fifth overall pick of the 1961 NFL Draft out of Pitt. Iron Mike caught 56 passes in his rookie season for 1,076 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns and was named the UPI NFL-NFC Rookie of the Year. Ditka played and started every game at tight end during his six-year stint with the Bears (1961-1966), spent two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles (1967-1968) and finished his career with the Dallas Cowboys (1969-1972). Ditka was named to two NFL All-Pro First Teams and played in five NFL Pro Bowls. Mike was a key member of the Chicago Bears team that won the 1963 NFL Championship over the New York Giants. In Dallas, Ditka helped the Cowboys reach the Super Bowl V before falling to the Baltimore Colts 16-13, and then capturing the title the following year as the Cowboys topped the Miami Dolphins 24-3 in Super Bowl VI.

Mike Ditka hung up his cleats following the 1972 season after collecting 5,812 receiving yards and 43 touchdowns, as well as eight fumble recoveries for two touchdowns. Mike Ditka was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996. Mike served as assistant coach under legendary Hall of Fame coach Tom Landry in Dallas where they again won the NFL title in Super Bowl XII over the Denver Broncos. In 1982, the Chicago Bear hired Iron Mike as head coach and he led the Monsters of the Midway to the 1985 Super Bowl XX victory over the New England Patriots 46-10. He will forever be referred to as “Da Coach” in the Windy City due to the famed Saturday Night Live sketch of the “Super Fans” mocking Chicago Bears fanatics. He served as head coach for the Bears (1982-1992) and the New Orleans Saints (1997-1999) compiling a 121-95-0 record in 216 games. Mike transitioned to become a broadcaster and color analyst on numerous Sunday NFL broadcasts.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
2 NM-MT+ 8.5
3 NM-MT 8 (52)

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