Steve ‘Mongo' McMichael returns home after brief hospitalization with urinary tract infection

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Steve "Mongo" McMichael has returned home Wednesday night after being admitted to the Silver Cross Hospital with an Urinary Tract Infection, according to a family spokesperson. McMichael has been prescribed with an antibiotic.

In announcing that McMichael has returned home, spokesperson Betsy Shepherd offered the following statement:

"We thank everyone for their prayers and concern. Urinary tract infections are a common and serious ailment for ALS patients. Please keep Steve and his family in your prayers."

Earlier Wednesday, Shepherd announced that McMichael had been hospitalized with a UTI and was undergoing tests before adding that McMichael would return home.

"Steve McMichael is suffering from a urinary tract infection. He is being prescribed an antibiotic and will be returning home tonight. Misty McMichael and family thanks everyone for the prayers and concern," the spokesperson wrote in a statement.

McMichael was discharged from a prior hospital stay in late February, too. It was discovered then, too, that he had an Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), plus Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and pneumonia. He was treated with antibiotics and responded well to the treatment.

The family asked for prayers and support during that time, as Mongo indicated to his family he wanted to fight the battle.

"The outpouring of love, support and prayers have helped Steve get through this latest battle," the spokesperson said in a statement in February. "All he wanted was to get home to Misty and Macy where he feels most comfortable. Thank you to everyone for caring about Steve. Misty and Macy are so happy to have him back home."

McMichael, 66, has been battling with ALS for three years. In August 2023, he was admitted to the ICU unconscious with sepsis and put on two IV antibiotics. He was later diagnosed with pneumonia, a spokesperson then confirmed.

McMichael was elected to the 2024 Pro Football Hall of Fame class in February. He was part of this year's Seniors category finalists along with Randy Gradishar and Art Powell.

Each candidate was voted upon individually by the selection committee. The selections for the Hall of Fame were announced at the NFL Honors. McMichael's wife, Misty, was present in Las Vegas to accept his selection.

The 50-person selection committee narrowed the Senior finalists down from a group of 12 seniors, who will remain under consideration for next year's class of inductees. Each Senior finalist needed at least 80% approval voting to be inducted. Mongo got the votes.

Former Bears Devin Hester and Julius Peppers were elected to the Hall of Fame as part of the Modern Era player group. They helped increase the Bears' number of Hall of Famers to 39, which led the league even before the trio was elected to Canton on Thursday.

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