REPORT: EX-RAIDERS AND 49ERS LB MATT MILLEN UNDERWENT SUCCESSFUL HEART TRANSPLANT EARLY CHRISTMAS EVE,
Former Raiders and 49ers linebacker Matt Millen reportedly underwent a successful heart transplant early Christmas Eve and is in recovery in New Jersey.
The 60-year-old Millen, who was diagnosed earlier this year with amyloidosis, a rare disease that can attack the lining of the heart, has been hospitalized for the past three months while waiting for a match. NBC Sports columnist Peter King reported a match was found on Sunday, and Millen was wheeled into surgery around 1 a.m. Eastern time Monday at Newark Beth Israel Hospital.
The procedure went about as well as could be expected, according to King.
Millen, who won a pair of Super Bowls with the Raiders, one with the 49ers and another with Washington during his 12-year NFL career, stepped away from his job as a Big Ten Network football analyst in October. He said doctors told him his heart was working at just 30 percent capacity.