Former WCW star and Chicago Bears defensive lineman Steve “Mongo” McMichael is battling ALS. He revealed this in an interview with WGN.
He was diagnosed with 36-month onset ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The 63-year-old retired athlete was first diagnosed at the Mayo Clinic in January. He received a second confirmation of his disease at Rush Hospital.
This disease has hit McMichael hard and he will not be going out in public anymore. He explained that he can’t even sign his name due to the disease. He will no longer be a public figure due to ALS.
“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? 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.”
McMichael also spoke about not having any regrets. He seems to be keeping a positive demeanor through it all. He lived an incredible life that included 13 seasons with da Bears and a run with WCW as well.
We are sending our best to Steve McMichael during this time. He is going through a very difficult situation and our thoughts are with him. A GoFundMe was set up to help assist him during this time.