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Former Bears’ coach Mike Ditka suffers minor stroke

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Former Bears' head coach Mike Ditka is in the hospital Friday night suffering a minor stroke Friday afternoon.

The 73-year-old was at a country club playing cards when he says his hands weren't working quite right and then he had trouble speaking. Ditka was taken to the hospital where doctors told him he suffered a minor stroke.

The Hall of Famer has stayed in relatively good health since suffering a heart attack back in 1988, so while the news has some concerned, the coach downplayed the incident and says he's feeling good.

Former Bears offensive lineman Dan Jiggets, who played for the coach, reacts after a scary moment for a Chicago icon.

"Obviously he means a great deal to this city. He brought this city and a wonderful football team in '85 a world championship and it changed the face of the sports scene here in the city forever," Jiggets said.

He will be kept in the hospital overnight Friday for observation, though he is up and moving around, his agent says.

Ditka does continue to work very hard, covering the NFL on ESP. It's unclear whether he will be able to be at work on Sunday for week 11 in the NFL.

 

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