Mike Ditka Hospitalized After Suffering Stroke
UPDATE: Monday, November 19 at 1:00 p.m. ET by Alex Kay
Ditka is out of the hospital and seems to be recovering smoothly from his minor stroke, which is evident as it's being reported that he's returning to work Monday night.
According to Bill Hofheimer of ESPN, the legendary Bears coach and TE is going to be in the studio for the World Wide Leader's NFL Countdown program prior to Monday Night Football.
Considering his beloved Bears are taking on the San Francisco 49ers in tonight's contest, it's not a shock to see Ditka back in action.
We are wishing Da former Bears coach and football analyst a safe and healthy recovery, and look forward to seeing him back on television later this evening.
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UPDATE: Sunday, November 18 at 1:35 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke
Mike Ditka was released from the hospital on Sunday after suffering a minor stroke on Friday according to a report by ESPN.com via The Associated Press:
Ditka's agent, Steve Mandell, told ESPNChicago.com that the legendary coach is home after receiving a clean bill of health from doctors. Mandell said Ditka plans on hosting his radio program, "The Mike Ditka Show," on Tuesday on ESPN 1000. - via ESPN.com
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The 73-year-old legend will miss this weekend's football coverage but expects to be back at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., soon, as relayed by Seth Markman, an ESPN senior coordinating producer:
Coach Ditka is going to be fine. He did suffer a minor stroke tonight. Won't be on the shows this wknd. He wanted everyone to know he's ok— Seth Markman (@tunasweasel) November 17, 2012
Ditka spoke with Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune on Friday night, saying, "I feel good right now and it's not a big deal."
Ditka was playing cards at a country club in suburban Chicago Friday night when he began having problems using his hands, followed by speech difficulties.
Ditka was a five-time Pro Bowl tight end with the Bears from 1961-1966. He was hired as their head coach in 1982.
Chicago won the Super Bowl in 1985, earning Ditka the first of two AP Coach of the Year Awards.
Ditka hasn't had major health issues since his heart attack in 1988, per Pompei.
Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks.
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