Mike Ditka

09/09/2010 – Mike Ditka – Chicago ’85 Bears Coach Mike Ditka Signing for “25th Anniversary The ’85 Bears: We Were The Greatest” – September 9, 2010 – Borders Books on State Street – Chicago, IL, USA – Photo Credit: Adam Bielawski / PR Photos 

Place of Birth: Carnegie, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 18, 1939

*father – Polish
*mother – German, English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh

Mike Ditka is an American football player, coach, television commentator, and actor. He is a member of the College Football (1986) and Pro Football Hall of Fames (1988). He was the 1961 UPI NFL Rookie of Year, and a five-time Pro Bowl selection and five-time All-Pro tight end with the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, and Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL).

Mike is the son of Charlotte and Michael Ditka. He is married to Diane Trantham. Mike has four children with his former wife Marge. Mike is a Roman Catholic and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Mike’s paternal grandfather was named Wasyl Dyczko. Wasyl was Polish.

Mike’s paternal grandmother was named Bertha Bronislawa Bereznski. Bertha was born in Pennsylvania, and was of Polish descent.

Mike’s maternal grandfather was David Patten Keller (the son of David Peter Keller and Annetta Jane Lea). Mike’s great-grandfather David was the son of Peter Keller, who was of German descent, and of Sarah Jones. Annetta was the daughter of David Nelson Lea and Ellen Fryer.

Mike’s maternal grandmother was Myrtle E. Ashton (the daughter of Charles W. Ashton and Jennie M. Brady). Charles was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Thomas E. Ashton and Harriet Fosnott. Jennie was born in Ohio, the daughter of Peter Brady and Mary A. Husey, who were Irish.

Source: Genealogy of Mike’s mother (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.findagrave.com

2 Responses

  1. andrew says:


    Keller is a German surname (also carried by Jews).

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