According to a report by the Chicago Tribune, two-time Pro Bowler as well as a Super Bowl Champion as part of the Chicago Bears Steve “Mongo” McMichael, who later became a Star in WCW after retiring from football, revealed that he is currently suffering from the ALS disease, which is also called “the Lou Gerhig’s Disease.”
Steve McMichael was diagnosed with the disease in September of last year during his visit to the Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Steve’s right and left arms were described as dead, while his right and left legs have significantly weakened and he can no longer hold anything in his arms. A number of McMichael’s friends have created a GoFundMe campaign in order to help cover the mounting costs of his medical needs.
Top All Elite Wrestling Star Chris Jericho has donated $2,500 in McMichael’s GoFundMe campaign and is currently atop of the donors list, along with Pro Wrestling Tees and One Hour Tees owner Ryan Barkan. As of this writing, McMichael’s GoFundMe campaign has already raised $135,612 out of the set $176,000 goal.
Even though McMichael is still able to walk, he will soon be forced to be placed in a wheelchair. The belief is that he has lost about 50-60 lbs in the last few months and is now in need of constant care from his wife, Misty, and his daughter, Macy.
In 1995, McMichael first joined WCW as a color commentator for WCW Monday Nitro. He then transitioned to wrestling full time, becoming a member of the last two incarnations of the legendary Four Horsemen stable. He would then become the WCW United States Champion in 1997 and remained in the company until February of 1999.