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Mike Ditka says he feels good after suffering minor stroke

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Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka has been hospitalized but says he feels fine after suffering a minor stroke.

The 73-year-old Ditka told the Chicago Tribune that he was playing cards today when he noticed that his hands weren’t feeling right and he was having trouble speaking.  He went to the hospital and was told he had a “very minor stroke.”

I feel good right now and it’s not a big deal,” Ditka said.

It’s not a big deal in part because Ditka did the smart thing and got treatment as soon as symptoms presented themselves. Early detection and treatment are the best way to reduce brain damage and improve recovery for stroke patients.

It is not clear whether Ditka, a Hall of Fame tight end who coached the Bears to the championship at Super Bowl XX, will make his usual appearance on the ESPN Sunday pregame show this weekend.

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40 Responses to “Mike Ditka says he feels good after suffering minor stroke”
  1. zaggs says: Nov 16, 2012 8:59 PM

    Da stroke

  2. tiggerblood says: Nov 16, 2012 9:02 PM

    Get well soon, coach.

  3. bspurloc says: Nov 16, 2012 9:13 PM

    Ditka will find a way…..

  4. hatesycophants says: Nov 16, 2012 9:32 PM

    I’m pretty sure Ditka can kick.a stroke’s ass. Still, no way I would put him on television.

  5. bp888 says: Nov 16, 2012 9:33 PM

    Stroke? Stop it!

  6. fordmandalay says: Nov 16, 2012 9:35 PM

    He’s been such a great and fun presence for so long, thanks for decades of entertainment, Coach! Best wishes to you and be well.

  7. gridassassin says: Nov 16, 2012 9:36 PM

    Ditka 104, mini stroke 1

  8. 06mustang says: Nov 16, 2012 9:57 PM

    73? Man, you look good. Glad you’re doing ok.

  9. rcali says: Nov 16, 2012 10:04 PM

    Stop It!

  10. butkusditka says: Nov 16, 2012 10:11 PM

    Bear down coach! We love you!

  11. mattolikesthevikes says: Nov 16, 2012 10:15 PM

    Ditka will be just fine. He’ll chuck Norris chuck Norris!!! You’ll see.

  12. thelastpieceofcheese says: Nov 16, 2012 10:17 PM

    This is bad. He’s already had a heart attack.

    Coach, take care of yourself!

  13. larryboodry says: Nov 16, 2012 10:28 PM

    Wishing Mike Ditka a full and speedy recovery.

  14. dg0122 says: Nov 16, 2012 10:38 PM

    More like a stroke survived Mike Ditka…best wishes for a speedy recovery Coach

  15. righthereisay says: Nov 16, 2012 10:46 PM

    Everybody has at least part of their heart rooting for Ditka…

  16. jhorton83 says: Nov 16, 2012 11:00 PM

    I don’t see how anyone doesn’t like Ditka. I know he’s politically conservative, but I’m not conservative and I still appreciate his legacy. He’s a great personality and a great coach and he’ll beat this.

  17. bmfwest says: Nov 16, 2012 11:15 PM

    everyone luvs da coach!

  18. grandmachine says: Nov 16, 2012 11:21 PM

    “I think we became a team today…….we became a team!”

  19. thefiesty1 says: Nov 16, 2012 11:27 PM

    Maybe it’s time to retire. Enough is enough. Some people just keep going until they die in their cubicle.

  20. Bearfan54 says: Nov 17, 2012 12:08 AM

    I know a stroke is serious and I have all the respect for Ditka. I have a pacemaker and heart issues myself but when I read Zaggs comment, i couldnt stop laughing! Get well coach.

  21. spellingcops says: Nov 17, 2012 12:18 AM

    Still don’t understand why he had to stonewall Sweetness in the SB…

  22. thegloriousone says: Nov 17, 2012 12:26 AM

    A universally respected man. Hang in there coach.

  23. phillycass says: Nov 17, 2012 12:57 AM

    that makes a baker’s dozen… da bears.

  24. jimbo75025 says: Nov 17, 2012 1:25 AM

    In my Superfans accent:
    Who would win stroke vs Ditka?
    (unanimous) Ditka

    Who would win hurricane vs Ditka?
    (unanimous) Ditka

    But what if the name of the hurricane was Hurricane Ditka?
    Much argument begins.

  25. eddardofthehousestark says: Nov 17, 2012 1:30 AM

    Get better Ditka, go Niners.
    – Warden of the North.

  26. fdugrad says: Nov 17, 2012 1:52 AM

    Football without Ditka? This is far too OVERWHELMING to even contemplate! Get well coach…PLEASE!

  27. ttgb2 says: Nov 17, 2012 1:52 AM

    I seriously had no idea the man was in his 70’s.

    Looks like he’s 55-60!

    Best of luck!

  28. tone360 says: Nov 17, 2012 2:02 AM

    Take care of yourself Coach. God Bless.

  29. romoscollarbone says: Nov 17, 2012 2:21 AM

    No such thing as a minor stroke. scary stuff man. I’m glad he came thru will intact. Good thing he listened to his body. Heal up.

  30. tombstone7 says: Nov 17, 2012 5:14 AM

    DA COACH!!!!!!
    Best to you & YOUR FAMILY……The person who coached “SWEETNESS” aka Walter Payton has got to be Blessed!

  31. mazblast says: Nov 17, 2012 5:28 AM

    Any stroke that thinks it can beat Mike Ditka had better be a darned big one. Minor strokes don’t stand a chance.

  32. joetoronto says: Nov 17, 2012 5:42 AM

    All the best, coach.

  33. TheWizard says: Nov 17, 2012 6:50 AM

    Best wishes to the coach, although I hated him in 1985.

  34. 2difshoe says: Nov 17, 2012 9:50 AM

    Say what you ant about Mike Ditka, but this man possess a sincere passion for his love of football. Mike Ditka played with a ferocity that is second to none. That is why he is a Hall of Fame member.

    He brought a Superbowl Championship to the fans of Chicago, me , being one of them. I will treasure that memory a lifetime, and give thanks to Mr. Ditka for it. The 1985-86 Bears season was truly spectacular, Mike Ditka being a integral part of it.

    Thank you Mr. Mike Ditka. Best of luck to you.
    Here are good thoughts for a complete and speedy recovery.

    Loyal Bear Fan !

  35. magicbucs says: Nov 17, 2012 10:45 AM

    Hang in their coach! My mom had a minor stroke and it’s a big enough deal to start taking better care of yourself.

  36. itsnotforme says: Nov 17, 2012 10:55 AM

    It has appeared over the years during press conferences when he was the Bears and Saints coach he may have suffered many strokes. It appeared he lost it many times.

    Best wishes and get well soon coach.

  37. stratus5ss says: Nov 17, 2012 10:59 AM

    Coach,

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery. You are an inspiration to us all.

  38. 3yardsndust says: Nov 17, 2012 11:04 AM

    An original American tough guy of the old school. Get well soon, Coach Ditka.

  39. stc1993 says: Nov 17, 2012 2:38 PM

    Get well & take care of yourself coach. Football wouldn’t be the same without you.

  40. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 18, 2012 11:52 AM

    I really hope this wasn’t really a stroke, and one of doze sawsegez just went down da wrong pipe.

    Either way, get well soon coach.

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