Former Chicago Bears star Steve McMichael was rushed to intensive care Friday, according to a message on social media from his wife.
McMichael is being treated for sepsis and pneumonia, according to her update.
Bears great Steve McMichael admitted to ICU with sepsis and pneumonia https://t.co/PrJ6Mn7VO8
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 6, 2023
"Steve will be in the ICU for a few more days on IV antibiotics to clear this infection. He also has some fluid in his lungs which he is being treated for as well," said Misty McMichael from her husband’s bedside, according to Fox News.
"He’s as feisty as ever. Our Mongo is back! Please keep the prayers coming," she added.
Steve McMichael’s family released a statement Saturday morning saying that his health is improving. https://t.co/cFndnP8QMJ
— FOX 32 News (@fox32news) August 5, 2023
"In 2021, McMichael was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease – or ALS – a progressive nervous system disease," Fox 32 Chicago reported.
"McMichael had a DNR in place until this push for his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the Seniors category received more traction in the last month," it continued.
Chicago Bears legend Steve "Mongo" McMichael's is improving but he's still fighting pneumonia, his family said in an update. https://t.co/86NwehCfY6
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) August 5, 2023
"McMichael played for the Bears from 1981 until 1993, and was part of the 1985 Super Bowl championship team. Fans rushed to Silver Cross hospital to show their support on Friday. For Misty, it means the world," ABC 7 Chicago reported.
"This wasn't planned. This is God's work here," she said. "Christine Neitzke-Troike, the mayor of Homer Glen, where McMichael lives, helped organize the show of support."
Family and former players hope to see their teammate make the Hall of Fame while healthy enough to enjoy it. The decision will be announced at the end of August with McMichael as one of 12 finalists on the list for consideration. The new inductees are traditionally inducted just before the Super Bowl which will be played in February of next year.
For now, the ICU treatment is focused on improving his condition as his wife and others continue to support as they can and doctors do their best to help with treating his condition.
The difficult health situation has inspired many fans to speak out and show support for McMichael, offering a kind way to express appreciation for his role on the Bears.