Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka was hospitalized this week in Florida after suffering a heart attack, according to multiple reports.
Ditka, 79, was playing golf in Florida when he fell ill and was taken to a hospital, Fox 32 in Chicago reported Friday.
Ditka, who coached the Bears from 1982 to 1992 and the Saints from 1997 to 1999, has a history of heart issues. He suffered a heart attack in 1988, per Fox 32.
WGN reported Ditka was improving and was “expected to be home in three or four days for rehab.”
Jarrett Payton, son of Bears great Walter Payton, tweeted that Ditka “is doing well. He’s Iron Mike … what would you expect?”
— Jarrett Payton (@paytonsun) November 24, 2018
Ditka excelled as a tight end for 12 seasons in the NFL and became the first tight end inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1988), but he reached legendary status as a coach in Chicago.
The Bears were 52-11 in the regular season from 1985 to 1988, and the 1985 team was as colorful as it was good, posting a 15-1 record en route to a 46-10 thrashing of the New England Patriots in the 1986 Super Bowl.