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ESPN Removes Mike Ditka From 'Sunday NFL Countdown'

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By    |   Wednesday, 09 March 2016 12:20 PM

Sports network ESPN is yanking NFL legend Mike Ditka from its marquee football show "Sunday NFL Countdown," giving him an "unspecified emeritus-type NFL role at the network," sports website The Big Lead reports.

Matt Hasselbeck and Charles Woodson will take over for the exiting Ditka and former first overall pick Keyshawn Johnson.

Ditka has given several interviews in support of Republican front-runner Donald Trump, the last one over the weekend, when he called President Barack Obama "the worst president we've ever had" — and said he'd vote for Trump.

ESPN has a policy that its commentators avoid politicking and "drive-by comments" while on air during the 2016 White House race.

Ditka, a Hall of Fame tight end who spent most of his playing career with the Chicago Bears — and coached them to their only Super Bowl title in 1986 — joined ESPN as an analyst in 2004.

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Sports network ESPN is yanking NFL legend Mike Ditka from its marquee football show "Sunday NFL Countdown," giving him an "unspecified emeritus-type NFL role at the network," sports website The Big Lead reports.
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