Bears great Steve McMichael to return home from hospital

Former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Steve McMichael is set to return home Thursday following his recent hospitalization, according to longtime publicist Betsy Shepherd.

McMichael, 66, was rushed to the emergency room on Thursday night with what the family believed to be pneumonia. But he was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection, and he responded well to antibiotics. McMichael had a procedure to clear fluid from his lungs, and he was expected to leave the hospital shortly after.

But McMichael was later diagnosed with MRSA, or methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, and his family asked for prayers as he underwent a blood transfusion Saturday. He has responded to antibiotics and his condition improved. Now, he’s expected to return home Thursday.

McMichael was recently named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2024, as nominated by the Seniors Committee. McMichael, who played for the Bears for 13 years, ranks second in franchise history in sacks and was a key member of the legendary 1985 Bears championship team.

Story originally appeared on Bears Wire