Mike Ditka guest speaker for Illinois Broadcasters Association gathering

By WEEK Producer

June 19, 2013 Updated Dec 19, 2013 at 7:29 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. – “Da coach”, Mike Ditka is in central Illinois on Wednesday, sharing the secrets of his success on and off the football field.

Ditka was one of the featured speakers at a gathering of the Illinois Broadcasters Association.

He says you don't have to be a tough guy to get results but says passion is important, as well as team work.

"I went to Dallas and I got in the best shape of my life and I become the best football player I ever was in Dallas Texas for the Cowboys. Contrary to what you think, I was better in Dallas for one reason. I became a total team player that I cared more about the success of the team and my teammates than I did myself." said Ditka.

Mike Ditka was the coach of the 1985 Superbowl Champion Chicago Bears and is currently a network sports commentator and analyst.

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