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Former Bears coach Mike Ditka calls minor stroke 'not a big deal'

Mike Ditka was hospitalized with what he described as a 'very minor stroke.' (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Hall of Fame player and former Bears and Saints coach Mike Ditka was hospitalized Friday after suffering what he said doctors told him was a "very minor stroke," according to Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.

Ditka said, "I feel good right now and it’s not a big deal."

Ditka was at a suburban country club playing cards Friday when he noticed his hands “weren’t working quite right,” and then he had a problem speaking.

Ditka, 73, has not had any major health problems since suffering a heart attack in 1988.  He was back at work coaching the Bears within a week.