Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka recovers in a Florida hospital after suffering from a heart attack earlier this week.…
Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka recovers in a Florida hospital after suffering from a heart attack earlier this week.
According to WGN, the health problem occurred on Wednesday while Ditka played golf in Naples. Ditka’s long-standing agent, Steve Mandell, told ESPN that the Pro Football Hall of Famer should be taken home from the hospital in the next few days after setting up a pacemaker.
“Coach Ditka had a mild heart attack earlier this week.” He added a pacemaker, and he does much better, “said Mandell.” He appreciates the support of support and expects to be home soon. “
This is not back in November 1
988, the former Bears coach suffered a heart attack during the NFL regulary season, but Ditka did not let him down slowly when returning to the sidelines only 11 days later.
The 79- year-old coach has mostly been out in the limelight in recent years after a long career where he either played football, coaches football, or talks about football.
Ditka’s time at NFL started in 1961 when the bear chose him with the fifth overall pick in NFL Draft. As a stretch Ditka ended up spending 12 seasons in the NFL, which included stints with Bears (1961-66), Eagles (1967-68) and Cowboys (1969-72). Ditka won his only Super Bowl as s pillar during the 1971 season when Cowboys hit the dolphins 24-3 in Super Bowl VI. This win gave Ditka two NFL titles in his career as he also took home a championship with Bears in 1963. Ditka eventually became the first tight end ever begun in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1988).
Ten years after playing his last fall, Ditka returned to Chicago and took Bears Coaching Job in 1982. As Bears coach, Ditka became basically a living legend in 1985 when he led one of the largest teams in the NFL story to a 15 -1 season and a victory in Super Bowl XX. Ditka is still such an icon in Chicago as the current Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky dressed like him for Halloween.
Hundreds of fans regularly play Ditka brand sweaters on almost every Bears game.
After 11 seasons with the bears, Ditka took time before returning to football to train the Saints for three seasons that began in 1997.
After his run in New Orleans, Ditka spent nearly 20 years in the media with stints at both NBC and ESPN.