Ex-Detroit Lions GM Matt Millen in hospital, awaiting heart transplant

In early October, we learned that former Detroit Lions general manager Matt Millen stepped away from his job as a game analyst for the Big Ten Network to further focus on his health. 

NBCSports.com's Peter King has shed some light on what Millen has been doing since. 

In his Football Morning in America column published on Monday, King reports that since Oct. 3, when the BTN announced Millen was stepping down, the 60-year-old former linebacker-turned-TV analyst-turned-football executive has been under hospital care in New Jersey.

King wrote: "…he needs a transplant fairly soon; problem is, he doesn’t know what 'fairly soon' means. He feels fine now, but he’ll be in the hospital till, he hopes, he gets a heart to replace his sick one."

After years of experiencing symptoms, in 2017 Millen was diagnosed with amyloidosis, an incurable disease that has been treated with chemotherapy in the past and has left the 60-year-old in need of a heart transplant.

Millen will be King's guest on his podcast that will be released Wednesday. The longtime NFL writer says Millen is upbeat, watching as much football as possible and reading a bunch.

Millen was an All-American linebacker at Penn State and won four Super Bowls during his 12 seasons. Following his retirement from the field, he had a successful run as a TV announcer in the 1990s, first with CBS and then with Fox. He was hired by Lions in 2000 to fix the on-field product.

He did anything but, culminating in the NFL's first 0-16 season in 2008. He was fired in the middle of that season.

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