Found November 16, 2012 on Down and Distance:
PLAYERS: Mike Ditka
TEAMS: Chicago Bears

According to the Chicago Tribune, former Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka had a minor stroke tonight but is doing well (Credit: AP Photo) According to the Chicago Tribune, former Chicago Bears legendary coach Mike Ditka had a minor stroke tonight. The newspaper was able to contact Ditka, who is doing well and told reporters “it is 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. The now ESPN football analyst will have the weekend off. ESPN has reported that Ditka will not be working this weekend. After he suffered his heart attack at 49, he was back in the office eight days later and back on the sidelines in 11 days against doctor’s orders. At the time, Ditka said he was “embarrassed” by the heart attack, and he reflected on his mortality when he returned to Halas Hall. “I don’t know what I experienced,” he said at the time. “I think I almost experienced embarrassment. 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. I mean it was so bad at a certain point that I knew that we’re just mortals. I mean, we’re here for a while and then we’re gone. It can happen to anybody at any time. It was a very humbling feeling after that, believe me.” It is good to see that Ditka’s stroke was not that serious and that he is doing well. Hopefully, he has a speedy recovery and is able to get back to work soon. Follow us on Twitter @DownandDistance Down and Distance Executive Editor - Brett Krummenacker @BKrumm_SKThe post Former Bears coach Mike Ditka suffers ‘very minor stroke’ appeared first on DOWN & DISTANCE.

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