Not for nothing is his nickname “Iron Mike.”
Mike Ditka, the former Chicago Bears coach who now gabs about the NFL for ESPN, suffered a minor stroke Friday and, aside from missing a weekend of talking about games, Ditka reported that he feels “pretty good right now.”
“I was kind of like driving down the highway of life real fast and I had a flat tire,” Ditka said on “Mike and Mike in the Morning.” “I’m okay. You don’t expect those things to happen. They come up on you. It opens your eyes.”
Ditka, 73, was stricken while playing cards in a Chicago-area country club and was released from the hospital Sunday. He told the Chicago Tribune’s Dan Pompei that he noticed his hands “weren’t working quite right” and then he had trouble speaking. Ditka suffered a heart attack when he was 49 and coached the Bears 11 days later against doctor’s orders. He took it a little easier this time.
Now, though, he said: “I feel good about everything. I’m going to be all right. I’m Iron Mike. C’mon. … A little rusty, but Iron Mike.”