November 17th, 2012
09:12 AM ET

ESPN: Mike Ditka OK after stroke

Legendary professional football coach and ESPN analyst Mike Ditka is recovering from a stroke he suffered Friday, the sports network said.

Ditka, 73, will not be on ESPN's football shows this weekend, the network said. But Ditka "wanted everyone to know he's OK," ESPN senior coordinating producer Seth Markman said via Twitter.

"I feel good right now and it's not a big deal," Ditka told the Chicago Tribune.

Ditka was playing cards at a country club when he found his hands "weren't working quite right," and then had problems speaking, the newspaper reported.

ESPN says it expects the coach to return to their broadcasts soon.

Ditka is a Pro Football Hall of Famer and Super Bowl-winning coach who has been with ESPN since 2004.

He is only the second person to win the Super Bowl as a player, assistant coach, and head coach, according to a biography by the speaker's bureau that represents him.

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  1. Benn

    Best Wishes

    November 17, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. ronvan

    One of my personal favorites! Glad to hear he will be OK!

    November 17, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Get well soon, Coach.
    He used to look as if he was going to stroke out when he coached the Bears years ago...he'd get so mad...I feared for him then.

    November 17, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. WhyASSANGEchangedyourworldwithease

    We got a new drink at the sports bars worldwide: its called the Jill Kelley: a little bit fat, a little bit cold but so smoooothhhhhhh ...... you have to have another one served with a Brigette Gabrial flag.... errr U.S. flaaaaaagggg.

    November 17, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Oh and little mister, that little secret of yours? It wasnt such a secret, most of the regulars already know your all the same ppl, you, kenny rogers, benn, emma, fran etc. Delusions of Jeffrey Roem.

    November 17, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Are the new kids on the block making a comeback? I liked their music.

    November 18, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Counterpoint

    Another example of the failed policies of the Obama administration.

    November 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rsparks

    Get well soon Coach! As a stroke victim, I remember my doctor telling me, "The question is not if you'll have another one. The question is when". Take care of yourself. You are the game of football. We need you.

    November 22, 2012 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. Carol marden

    Love you Coach!

    December 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |