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Ditka: ‘Everything Back To Normal’ After Stroke

Former Chicago Bears player and coach Mike Ditka. (File Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Former Chicago Bears player and coach Mike Ditka. (File Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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(WSCR) Days after suffering a minor stroke, former Bears head coach Mike Ditka is out of the hospital and recovering well.

“I’m fine, really, I feel good,” Ditka told the Tribune. “I’m not ready to run a marathon or anything, but everything is back to normal.”

Ditka, who suffered the stroke while playing cards, said he isn’t experiencing any after-effects from the stroke.

“I kept dropping the cards,” he said. “I couldn’t talk. Everything was in slow motion. Luckily my friend took me to the hospital.”

As the Bears prepare to take on the 49ers this evening, Ditka still plans to broadcast as a part of ESPN’s Monday Night Football Countdown. The Super Bowl winning coach may even have a greater appreciation for his work.

“We have no guarantees,” Ditka said. “I’ve been here 73 years. It’s been a great 73 years. I’ve been blessed. If it ended tomorrow, I have no complains. But we have no control over that.  I hope to stick around another 73.”