10/09/2013 05:47 pm ET Updated Oct 10, 2013

Mike Ditka On Obama: 'Biggest Mistake I've Ever Made' Was Not Running Against Him For Senator


Former NFL coach Mike Ditka believes he had a chance to alter the course of American history and regrets that he didn't make the most of it. Looking back on his 12 years as a professional football player, 14 years as a head coach and subsequent broadcast career, Ditka recently claimed that his biggest mistake involved President Barack Obama.

Speaking at the grand opening ceremony in North Dakota’s Oil Patch, Ditka said the "biggest mistake I’ve ever made" was not running against Obama for Illinois' Senate seat in 2004.

“Not that I would have won, but I probably would have and he wouldn’t be in the White House," said Ditka, via The Dickinson Press.

As the Atlantic Wire pointed out, a 2004 poll from SurveyUSA indicated that Obama had a 7-point lead over the Hall of Famer.

So what would have been? Before Obama ran for president in 2008, a famous Chicago Bears fan tackled the "what if" scenario.