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

(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.

1990: Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka stands on the sidelines during a game.
1990: Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka stands on the sidelines during a game.   (AP Photo/File)
Mike Ditka speaks at a news conference  in Chicago in 2009.
Mike Ditka speaks at a news conference in Chicago in 2009.   (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)
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