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Mike Ditka says not running in Senate race against Barack Obama is his ‘biggest mistake’

Mike Ditka said he wished he would have run for the Illinois senate seat in 2004. (Rodger Mallison/ GettyImages) Mike Ditka said he wished he would have run for the Illinois senate seat in 2004. (Rodger Mallison/ Getty Images)

NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka said that one of his biggest mistakes was not running for the United States Senate seat in Illinois in 2004.

His opponent would have been Barack Obama, who went on to win the race and, in 2008, become the first African-American elected President of the United States.

Ditka was at North Dakota’s Oil Patch recently to give a speech and told a crowd how he felt about not running against Obama.

“Biggest mistake I’ve ever made,” Ditka said to the Dickinson Press. “Not that I would have won, but I probably would have and he wouldn’t be in the White House.”

Ditka, who coached the Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl Championship, said he was “the luckiest guy in the world.”

“If somebody would have told me 40 years ago they’d pay you to be on TV, I would have said ‘You’re crazy.’ They pay me to be on TV and talk about something I like to talk about, football. That’s almost insane. Sometimes the guys on TV are insane, by the way.”

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