79-year-old former Bears head coach Mike Ditka reportedly suffered a heart attack early this week. He is in a Florida hospital recovering and is said to be doing well.
Via the Chicago Tribune:
The iconic former Bears coach suffered a heart attack, WGN reported, citing anonymous sources. Ditka reportedly is recovering and expected to be released from the hospital in several days.
Ditka’s agent, Steve Mandell, did not immediately return a phone message Friday night. Jarrett Payton, WGN reporter and son of late Bears great Walter Payton, tweeted confirmation that Ditka is in the hospital and is “doing well.”
— Jarrett Payton (@paytonsun) November 24, 2018
If Ditka did in fact suffer a heart attack, it isn’t the first time. He famously suffered a heart attack in 1988 while coaching and returned to the sidelines 11 days later.
Iron Mike must have nine lives. Hopefully Da Bears head coach is able to make a full recovery.