Ex-Bears coach Ditka on mend af­ter heart at­tack

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports -

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.

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