Former Chicago Bears Defensive Lineman Steve McMichael Reveals ALS Diagnosis

Steve McMichael (76) on the field prior to Super Bowl XX.

Former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Steve McMichael revealed he’s been diagnosed with ALS on Friday, in interviews with several Chicago media outlets

McMichael, a key member of the Bears’ Super Bowl XX team, said he was diagnosed in January with 36-month onset ALS – also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease – the progressive nervous system disease that disrupts the brain’s ability to harmonize with muscles.

McMichael is now using a wheelchair, having lost the use of his arms and hands. His wife, Misty, has been his caretaker.

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“I’m not going to be out in the public any more…you’re not going to see me out doing appearances, hell I can’t even sign my name any more, and everybody’s going to be speculating ‘Where’s McMichael, what’s wrong with him?” McMichael told WGN News. “I’m here to tell everyone I’ve been diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, so I’m not going to be a public figure any more.”

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SOURCE: USA Today, Scott Gleeson

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