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Feb 17, 2024 5:22 pm

HOF selection Steve McMichael undergoes blood transfusion

Steve McMichael

Former Chicago Bears great and Hall of Fame selection Steve McMichael underwent a blood transfusion Saturday after being diagnosed with MRSA, a staph infection that’s resistant to many antibiotics, his longtime publicist announced Saturday.

His family asked for prayers.

McMichael, 66, was rushed to the hospital Thursday with what was thought to be pneumonia. He was later diagnosed with a urinary tract infection and responded well to antibiotics. He was expected to leave the hospital in a matter of days until the diagnosis of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus.

McMichael was diagnosed with ALS in 2021 and has battled other health issues since, including sepsis and pneumonia.

The longtime Chicago Bears defensive tackle, known to friends and teammates as “Mongo,” appeared in 191 games with the Bears over 13 seasons. He began his career with the New England Patriots in 1980 and finished it with the Green Bay Packers in 1994.

In between, McMichael was a member of the famed 1985 Bears Super Bowl championship team and a two-time All-Pro.

For his career (213 games), he totaled 95 sacks, 847 tackles, 13 fumbles forced and 17 fumble recoveries.

McMichael is set to be inducted into the Hall in Canton, Ohio alongside other Bears stars Devin Hester and Julius Peppers in August.

–Field Level Media

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