Bears great Steve McMichael released from hospital

Former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Steve McMichael has returned home after more than a week in the hospital, publicist Betsy Shepherd said Friday.

“The outpouring of love, support and prayers have helped Steve get through this latest battle,” Shepherd said in a statement. “All he wanted was to get home to [wife] Misty and [daughter] Macy where he feels most comfortable.”

McMichael, 66, was rushed to the emergency room on Feb. 15 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 Feb. 17. He has responded to antibiotics and his condition improved.

Now, McMichael is back home, where he’ll have around-the-clock nursing care and receive IV antibiotics to treat his infections.

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.

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