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Mike Ditka and his wife of 40 years are givers.

Mike Ditka and his wife of 40 years are givers.

Mike Ditka is married. The former NFL player and his wife have been married for almost 40 years. Indeed. Decades!

How have they lasted so long? Unconditional love, sharing love, and helping the needy are the answers.

Couple since 1977

ESPN’s football expert and his wife have been together for 42 years. They married in 1977.

Diana and Mike Ditka.


ABC7 reports the couple has no children. The Ditka’s like to keep their lives private, therefore no more facts were available.

Diana always supports her husband

Mr. Ditka is a former player-turned-coach, but his wife is competitive.

According to Tampa Bay Time, Mrs. Ditka wanted her husband’s squad to win every game. She’s been sighted at her husband’s team’s training facilities, making sure they’re doing well. On October 1, 2005, she cautioned players not to go home if they lost.

They’re philanthropic

Ditka’s are humble. They often volunteer in their spare time.

On June 25, 2018, they attended the Shell/Pro Football Alumni Community Awards Gala at Shadow Lakes. Former football player received a lifetime achievement award. The pair gave $5,000 afterward.

The next day, June 26, 2018, the pair attended a pleasant event at Chicago’s Misericordia Home, where they again displayed their generosity.

The TV pundit also heads Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, a non-profit that helps retired NFL players and their families.

Mike’s first marriage produced four children.

He was previously married to Margery ‘Dougherty’ Ditka. The 1961 bride and groom met in high school.

Mike and Margery had a son Michael a year after their wedding. In the next five years, they had Mark, Megan, and Matt.

They separated on September 21, 1973. Their split is unknown.