Ditka, 79, was taking part in golf in Florida when he fell ailing and was taken to a hospital, Fox 32 in Chicago reported Friday.
“Coach Ditka had a gentle coronary heart assault earlier this week. Docs inserted a pacemaker, and he’s doing significantly better,” Mandell stated, per ESPN. “He appreciates the outpouring of assist and expects to be house quickly.”
Ditka, who coached the Bears from 1982 to 1992 and the Saints from 1997 to 1999, has a historical past of coronary heart points. He additionally suffered a coronary heart assault throughout the 1988 season.
WGN reported Ditka was “anticipated to be house in three or 4 days for rehab.”
Jarrett Payton, son of Bears nice Walter Payton, tweeted that Ditka “is doing nicely. He is Iron Mike … what would you count on?”
— Jarrett Payton (@paytonsun) November 24, 2018
Ditka excelled as a decent finish for 12 seasons within the NFL and have become the primary tight finish inducted into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame (1988), however he reached legendary standing as a coach in Chicago.
The Bears have been 52-11 within the common season from 1985 to 1988, and the 1985 group was as colourful because it was good, posting a 15-1 report en path to a 46-10 thrashing of the New England Patriots within the 1986 Tremendous Bowl.
Ditka additionally received two championships as a participant — the 1963 NFL championship with the Bears, and the 1972 Tremendous Bowl with the Cowboys.