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Matt Millen recovers from heart transplant surgery

Posted: 3:53 PM, Jul 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-19 15:53:23-04
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CHICAGO (AP) -- Matt Millen will be back in a broadcast booth when the coming college football season begins, new heart and all.

The former Penn State star who played on four-time Super Bowl championship teams says heart transplant surgery hasn't done much to disrupt his life or appetite to return to the game.

Millen was diagnosed with amyloidosis, a rare disease in which abnormal protein buildup can cause organ failure. He waited about three months to get the call and received his new heart during a procedure last December.

Millen was a popular NFL analyst before serving as president of the Detroit Lions from 2001 to 2008. He and play-by-play man Kevin Kugler will team for an Aug. 31 Big Ten network broadcast to begin the new season.