Bears legend Steve McMichael remains hospitalized, may be released Friday


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Chicago Bears legend Steve McMichael will not be released until Friday at the earliest as he recovers from a urinary tract infection and a bout with MRSA, his publicist said.

McMichael was hospitalized for one week before being voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It appeared possible that the former defensive lineman was going to be released earlier in the week.

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Steve McMichael vs Chiefs

Steve McMichael, #76 of the Chicago Bears, removes his helmet during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Dec. 30, 1990 in Chicago. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Steve McMichael won’t be released from the hospital until at least tomorrow, Friday,” McMichael’s family spokesperson said Thursday, via FOX 32 Chicago. He is anxious to get home to Misty and Macy. We will have an update tomorrow.”

The 66-year-old revealed his ALS diagnosis in 2021, which made his recent health battle more difficult. He was admitted into the ICU last Thursday, and his family announced on Saturday he was diagnosed with MRSA and was undergoing a blood transfusion.

His family initially hoped to have him back home on Tuesday, but then it was pushed to Thursday.

Bears carry Mike Ditka

Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka is carried off the field by Steve McMichael, left, and William Perry after the Bears defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 20 in New Orleans on Jan. 26, 1986. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin, File)

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“Thanks again for your concern, prayers and support,” the spokesperson added.

McMichael, lovingly known as “Mongo,” was named to the Hall of Fame Class of 2024 along with Dwight Freeney, Devin Hester, Julius Peppers, Andre Johnson, Patrick Willis and Randy Gradishar. 

He is scheduled to be inducted in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 3.

McMichael’s wife, Misty, said the former defensive tackle got the call about being named a finalist in August. A family spokesperson said a petition and letter-writing campaign in support of McMichael was launched in 2022.

Steve McMichael in Chicago

Former Chicago Bears players Steve McMichael, center, and Dan Hampton, right, laugh as they greet each other before the ALS Walk for Life at Soldier Field on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

McMichael spent the majority of his standout career in Chicago and helped lead the franchise to the Super Bowl title during the 1985 season. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and was named to four All-Pro teams. 

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He finished his Bears career with 92.5 sacks.

Fox News’ Ryan Morik contributed to this report.

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