STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 1: Penn State alum and Big Ten Network analyst / color commentator Matt Millen was the Penn State honorary captain for the game. The Penn State Nittany Lions defeated the Appalachian State Mountaineers 45-38 in overtime on September 1, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, PA. (Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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.
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