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Mr. Laz 11-16-2012 08:35 PM

Coach Mike Ditka suffers 'very minor' stroke
Former Bears coach Mike Ditka suffers 'very minor stroke'

<table style="border-collapse: collapse; border-spacing: 0px; table-layout: fixed; width: 588px; margin: 0px auto;" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"> Ditka prepares to do a radio segment as players and coaches from the 1985 Chicago Bears championship team gathered at the Arie Crown Theater at McCormick Place in 2010. (Terrence Antonio James/Tribune Photo / November 16, 2012)
By Dan Pompei, Tribune reporter7:59 p.m. CST, November 16, 2012

Former Bears coach and Hall of Fame player Mike Ditka was hospitalized Friday after suffering what he said doctors told him was a "very minor stroke."

Contacted Friday evening, Ditka said, "I feel good right now and it’s not a big deal."

Ditka was at a suburban country club playing cards Friday when he noticed his hands “weren’t working quite right,” and then he had a problem speaking.

Ditka, 73, has not had any major health problems in recent years. But in 1988 when he was coaching the Bears he suffered a heart attack. He was back at work within a week.

ESPN producer Seth Markman tweeted that Ditka will not be on the NFL shows from Bristol, Connecticut, this weekend.

Ace Gunner 11-16-2012 08:36 PM

tough old man

In58men 11-16-2012 08:40 PM

He was a pure stroke of genius.

MahiMike 11-16-2012 08:43 PM

Get that man a brat and some beer! Stat!

da Bears!

FAX 11-16-2012 08:44 PM

A stroke like that must be the strangest thing ever. You're just sitting there minding your own business, and the next thing you know, your hands and fingers start functioning differently, your vision changes - not significantly, but noticeably, and when you try to talk about it, you find you are using the wrong words for the simplest things.

That would be very weird, indeed.

Anyhow, get well coach.


Nightfyre 11-16-2012 08:45 PM

Who would win between Ditka and a hurricane stroke?

Da Ditka.

stonedstooge 11-16-2012 08:47 PM

Dude was a wildman there for a few years when he coached. It wasn't acting either

KcMizzou 11-16-2012 08:48 PM

Hard to believe he's 73.

Munson 11-16-2012 08:56 PM

No big deal. It was just a piece of polish sausage lodged in the lining of his heart.

Easy 6 11-16-2012 08:59 PM


Originally Posted by Munson (Post 9124247)
No big deal. It was just a piece of polish sausage lodged in the lining of his heart.

No worries, dey got'im on an IV of barbecue sauce.

Demonpenz 11-16-2012 11:34 PM

Probably a mistake sending him a Jim Mcmahan Gift card

listopencil 11-16-2012 11:55 PM

Ditka's great. He's an NFL icon. I hope he's doing well.

teedubya 11-17-2012 12:19 AM


Bump 11-17-2012 12:28 AM

who would win in a fight. Ditka or God?

RealSNR 11-17-2012 12:29 AM

So... he won't be like Dick Clark on New Year's Eve the past few years of his life?

Thathshhh a gwrauht pahoint, Dan. Tiuhhhmmm Tebuhoauh nuhheeds duhoo thhtsthrouh duh bauaahll on plauh actichshcion pauhssessth

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