RE­PORT: EX-RAIDERS AND 49ERS LB MATT MILLEN UN­DER­WENT SUC­CESS­FUL HEART TRANS­PLANT EARLY CHRIST­MAS EVE,

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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.

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