Hundreds of friends and well-wishers turned out for a fundraiser for former Chicago Bears legend Steve “Mongo” McMichael in Romeoville, Il. on June 5.
My wife, Kim, and I were invited for a private visit to his home prior to the event, dubbed “MongoPalooza,” which was held at McMichael’s restaurant. The former Super Bowl XX champion defensive tackle revealed publicly on April 23, 2021 that he has been diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), an incurable and insidious nerve disease.
“I am feeling the love,” McMichael told me as we reminisced for an hour and talked about the support he has been receiving before the public event. I covered most of Mongo’s Bears career for the Chicago Tribune and watched his often under-valued contribution to one of the most intimidating defenses in NFL history. Three members of that defense are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Dan Hampton, Mike Singletary and […]