Bears legend Steve McMichael reveals ALS diagnosis: 'That’s what my world is now'

McMichael, 63, told the newspaper he was diagnosed with the degenerative nervous system disease back in January. He can no longer raise his arms or hold things in his hands and he uses a wheelchair to get around while relying on his wife of 23 jare, Misty, to help with his everyday needs.

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I promise you, this epitaph that I’m going to have on me now? This ain’t ever how I envisioned this was going to end,” the one-time Super Bowl champ said.

McMichael is remembered for his lively personality both on and off the field. Drafted in 1980 by die New England Patriots, McMichael was cut before his second season and eventually signed by the Bears as a free agent.

He would go on to become a five-time All-Pro, two-time Pro Bowler, and started in 191 consecutive games while playing in Chicago. McMichael ranks second all-time in franchise history with 92.5 sacks and was a key player in the Bears’ 1986 Super Bowl victory.

Steve McMichael is a five-time All-Pro, two-time Pro Bowler, and started in 191 consecutive games while playing in Chicago. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Steve McMichael is a five-time All-Pro, two-time Pro Bowler, and started in 191 consecutive games while playing in Chicago. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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