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Hall of Famer, former Pitt great Mike Ditka recovering from mild heart attack

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FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 file photo, former NFL coach and University of Pittsburgh alumnus, Mike Ditka speaks at a news conference in Pittsburgh. Hall of Fame tight end and former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka is recovering from a mild heart attack. Steve Mandell, Ditka's agent, tells ESPN that doctors inserted a pacemaker. He says Ditka 'is doing much better,' and the iconic coach 'appreciates the outpouring of support and expects to be home soon.' (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Hall of Fame tight end and former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka is recovering from a mild heart attack.

Steve Mandell, Ditka’s agent, tells ESPN that doctors inserted a pacemaker. He said Ditka is “doing much better,” and the iconic coach “appreciates the outpouring of support and expects to be home soon.”

The Bears wished Ditka a “speedy recovery” on Twitter.

The 79-year-old Ditka was a standout at Aliquippa and Pitt. He played 12 seasons in the NFL and made the Pro Bowl five times. He finished with 427 receptions for 5,812 yards and 43 touchdowns.

Ditka might be best known for his coaching career. He coached the Bears and the New Orleans Saints, finishing with a 121-95 record in 14 years, and he led Chicago to the Super Bowl title after the 1985 season.

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