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NFL Legend Ruffles Feathers When He Talks About 'Worst President We Ever Had'

Mike Ditka, former football player, coach and commentator, has never been known for mincing words. He's always been a man who means what he says, and says what he means.

He ruffled some feathers, however, when his comments got political. Some think this is why he made a sudden departure from ESPN's 'Sunday NFL Countdown', but Ditka says he left for other reasons. He's also not taking his comments back.

Many people have different opinions on what makes a good president and what makes a bad president. Ditka appeared on the 'Bernie and Sid' morning radio show on WABC-AM in New York and put his opinion bluntly: former President Barack Obama is the worst.

"Obama is the worst president we've ever had," Iron Mike said on air. "Barack Obama's a fine man. I mean, he's pleasant. He would be great to play golf with. He's not a leader. This country needs leadership. It needs direction. It needs somebody that steps up front. We need somebody like Ronald Reagan."

Ditka went on to elaborate: "Every once in a while you're going to get punched in the chops. But you keep going forward. That's all there is to it," he said. "You know it's not always going to be a perfect situation, but to do what he does, there's no leadership there. I think that becomes very disgusting to me."

The comments came during the heated 2016 election season, when Ditka said he would most likely be voting for Trump. He felt that, despite how people personally felt toward Trump, the current POTUS’s message was well received by many.

“The people that hate him, hate him, but people like him because he says things that resonate with what they think,” he explained. It turned out, he was right.

Ditka has one major regret when it comes to Obama, though. Back in 2004, the football hero was considering a run for a vacant Senate seat in the state of Illinois. He opted not to get into politics, and the person who ended up snagging that seat was none other than a young Mr. Obama.

"Not that I would have won, but I probably would have and he wouldn't be in the White House," Ditka joked.

Obama had previously stated that he's glad Ditka didn't run against him, or it could have been the end of his political career before it even got started. “I admit I was a little worried,” said Obama when the Bears visited the White House. “I glad you didn’t run because I have to say I would have been terrible on ESPN.”

Ditka left 'Sunday NFL Countdown' soon after the comments, leading many to wonder if harsh criticism of Obama and support for Trump was behind his departure. Speculation stirred about whether angry fans or threats of boycotts forced the network to push Ditka out, but apparently not.

The former Bears coach retained an emeritus role at ESPN. He says he voluntarily cut back at that point because he wanted to spend more time traveling.

Source: SF Gate, Washington Post
Photos: YouTube, WEBN-TV/Fickr, The White House, U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley

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