Coach Mike Ditka gained his status as a Bear inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988. After coaching the Chicago Bears, Ditka also spent time leading the New Orleans Saints. This photo dates from that era and a game in 1998. [Photo via Chicago Now]

Former Chicago Bears Head Coach Mike Ditka Suffers Minor Stroke

Former Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka suffered a minor stoke on Friday that resulted in the Hall of Famer being hospitalized. Fortunately for “Da Coach,” the stroke is not expected to be serious or cause any long term issues. The coach was contacted to see how he was feeling after the stroke.

Dtika responded by saying, “I feel good right now and it’s not a big deal.”

One source told ESPN that Ditka will not be in Bristol, Connecticut for the NFL Countdown shows this weekend but they reiterated that he will be fine following the scare.

“Coach Ditka is going to be fine. He did suffer a minor stroke tonight. Won’t be on the shows this wknd. He wanted everyone to know he’s ok.”

Prior to the stroke, Ditka had no known health issues, however, he did suffer a heart attack in 1988 while coaching the Bears.

Ditka appears to be fine and will be back to full health in a matter of time. Thoughts go out to the ole ball coach.


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