Ex-Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka was hospitalized on Friday after suffering what he said is a "very minor stroke." Ditka said that he was playing cards at a suburban country club on Friday when he noticed that his hands "weren't working quite right," and that he was having trouble speaking. The Chicago Tribune reached Ditka on the phone on Friday, and the coach downplayed the incident.
Ditka said, "I feel good right now and it's not a big deal."
(via Chicago Tribune)
Ditka is a part of ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown," and will not be on set in Bristol, Conn. this weekend. Ditka last had a health scare in 1988, when he suffered a heart attack while still coach of the Bears. He returned to the team only a week after that incident.
Ditka played for the Bears from 1961-1966, making five Pro Bowls and winning a Super Bowl in 1963. He then returned to Chicago in 1982 as coach, where he stayed until 1992. As coach, he won a title in 1985 and was a two-time AP Coach of the Year.