Mike Ditka Has 'Minor Stroke'
Former coach says 'it's no big deal'
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2012 6:16 AM CST
1990: Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka stands on the sidelines during a game.   (AP Photo/File)

(Newser) – Mike Ditka suffered a "very minor stroke" yesterday and ended up in the hospital, he tells the Chicago Tribune. "I feel good right now and it's not a big deal," says the 73-year-old. Still, he won't be working for ESPN this NFL weekend, according to a tweet from a network producer confirming the news. The former Bears coach says he was playing cards with friends when he realized his hands and his speech weren't quite right. Ditka had a heart attack in the midst of the 1988 season, notes the AP, though he quickly recovered.

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Nov 17, 2012 8:52 AM CST
He's a mentally-ill, brain-damaged smoker who fought smoke-free air in Chicago. Hope this idiot kicks off soon.
Nov 17, 2012 7:03 AM CST
I hope he smacked himself in the chest and grabbed another bratwurst.
Nov 17, 2012 6:45 AM CST
Heart Attack in 1988, "It kind of was embarrassing that it happened to me. I mean, how could this ever happen to me? That's the way I felt in the beginning, and then it didn't matter." Stroke at 73, "I feel good right now it's not a big deal". Nothing can hurt the Coach. Hell Obama should have sent Ditka to the east coast he would have kicked Hurricane Sandy's ass. Thoughts are with you Coach Ditka.