Prayers up for Steve "Mongo" McMichael who has been diagnosed with ALS.
In an interview with Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune, Steve McMichael opens up about his fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. McMichael was diagnosed with the disease in January.
He's now down to nearly 200 pounds, which is lighter than he was when he graduated high school. He can no longer raise his arms or hold anything in his hands.
“I promise you,” McMichael says, “this epitaph that I’m going to have on me now? This ain’t ever how I envisioned this was going to end. I want everybody to realize why they’re no longer going to see me around. I thought I was ready for anything. But man. This will sneak up on you like a cheap-shotting Green Bay Packer.”
McMichael is best known to wrestling fans as a member of the Four Horsemen during his time in WCW and a commentator on WCW Nitro. He is a former WCW United States Champion. He also won a Super Bowl ring with the 1985 Chicago Bears.
He retired from the NFL in 1994 and joined WCW in 1995.
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