Well this is just damn sad. Former WCW wrestler and NFL champion Steve “Mongo” McMichael has been diagnosed with ALS aka Lou Gehrig’s disease.
McMichael spoke with the Chicago Sun Times about his diagnosis and how he’s coping with the debilitating disease, It’s worth your time to read.
“Mongo” rose to stardom as a member of the Chicago Bears in the 1980’s. McMichael was originally drafted by the New England Patriots, 3rd round, 73rd overall in the 1980 NFL Draft, but was cut after one season. The rest they say is history. He would land in Chicago and go on to be one of the lynchpins of their 1980’s defenses which culminated in the Bears Super Bowl XX championship. He was twice selected as a first team All Pro, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, and a three-time second team All Pro selection.
McMichael would retire from football and find his way to the squared circle first as a commentator on WCW Monday Nitro and then as an active performer. Mongo would become a member of the famed Four Horseman and won the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship. It was clear that WCW was trying to take advantage of McMichael’s name value and personality because he wasn’t a very good wrestler.
Here’s to wishing Mongo the best as he fights this awful disease.
ALS has no known cure at this time however there are numerous charities working to cure this disease. If you feel the need to contribute may we suggest the ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia.