Chicago Tribune Former Bears coach and Hall of Fame tight end 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.These days, Ditka spends his time doing broadcast work for ESPN, tending to his restaurant Ditka’s on East Chestnut in the Tremont Hotel, making appearances and playing golf. Ditka will not fulfill his ESPN duties from Bristol, Conn., this weekend, the network said.
Listen, I am not a Chicago Bears fan by any stretch of the imagination, but damn it, if you’re not a fan of Coach Mike Ditka you aren’t a fucking American.
The best part about Coach Ditka is: you know he wanted to show up to Bristol today to do Sunday NFL Countdown with that asshole Berman and the boys, he probably punched out three airport security guards when they wouldn’t let him board the plane, and it took the entire airport to wrestle him down.
We’ll miss our new favorite segment on “Countdown” today, Coach Ditka’s “Stop It” and will have to listen about Berman ramble on about how much the Buffalo Bills “Circled The Waggons” by winning in Thursday night. Whatever the fuck that means.
If anybody can kick a strokes ass though, we all know its Coach Ditka, get well soon you badass motherfucker.