Steve McMichael Health Update: Bears legend expected to return home after hospitalization

In the eyes of NFL fans today, current superstars like Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson may shine brightly, but for many who grew up in the 1990s, Steve McMichael was the ultimate gridiron hero. Being known affectionately as “Mongo,” McMichael carved out a stellar NFL career that spanned until his final season with the Green Bay Packers in 1994.

Nevertheless, his name continues to surface in headlines, albeit for different reasons. His ongoing health battles, stemming from a diagnosis of ALS, have thrust him into the spotlight in recent years.

Steve McMichael soon to return home

Steve McMichael was hospitalized on Wednesday for a urinary tract infection. Fortunately, his family confirmed that he was back home on Wednesday evening, reassuring concerned fans about his well-being.

“He is being prescribed an antibiotic and will be returning home tonight,” McMichael’s family said.

This recent hospitalization adds to a string of health challenges for the former NFL star. Earlier in February, the former defensive back endured a lengthy stay at Silver Cross Hospital due to a urinary tract infection that escalated to an MRSA infection. The condition is resistant to antibiotics. He also received a blood transfusion and antibiotic treatments.

Last August, he faced another health crisis when he was admitted to the ICU with sepsis and pneumonia. This incident occurred shortly after he received the news of his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a long-awaited recognition for his illustrious career.

The former Bears player played a pivotal role in the legendary Bears defense that clinched victory in Super Bowl XX. His contributions to the team include ranking second in franchise history for sacks and third in tackles.

Steve McMichael also suffered from ALS

Steve McMichael has been bravely battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, since 2021. This progressive and debilitating neurodegenerative disease has posed significant challenges for the aged player.

“I promise you, this epitaph that I’m going to have on me now? This ain’t ever how I envisioned this was going to end,” he said according to the report from Fox32 Chicago.

ALS has progressively affected McMichael’s mobility and speech, robbing him of his ability to walk and talk. Nevertheless, amid the struggles, he finds strength in the unwavering support of his wife, Misty McMichael, who serves as a dedicated advocate for her husband.

Misty remains a steadfast voice for McMichael, expressing gratitude on his behalf to his loyal fans. Meanwhile, she revealed that the ultimate goal is for Steve to witness his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Bears legend’s HOF induction is scheduled for August as part of the Class of 2024 in Canton, Ohio.

Shabiha Akter

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