Ex-Bears coach Ditka on mend after heart attack
Hall of Fame tight end and former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka is recovering from a mild heart attack.
Steve Mandell, Ditka’s agent, told ESPN on Saturday that doctors inserted a pacemaker but said that Ditka “is doing much better,” and the iconic coach “appreciates the outpouring of support and expects to be home soon.”
The Bears wished Ditka “a speedy recovery” on Twitter.
Ditka, 79, played 12 seasons in the NFL and made the Pro Bowl five times. He finished with 427 receptions for 5,812 yards and 43 touchdowns but might be best known for his coaching career. He led the Bears and the New Orleans Saints, finishing with a 121-95 record in 14 years, including a Super Bowl title with Chicago after the 1985 season.