Former NFL linebacker along with Detroit Lions general manager Matt Millen has undergone a successful heart transplant and is currently recovering at a New Jersey hospital.

“Doctors said the center was an ideal match and he’s successful,” Millen’s wife, Pat, told NBC Sports via text. “The operation went smoothly”

Before the operation, Matt Millen told NBC Sports that the transplant was first set to begin AT1 ET and would require upto six hours.

Millen has been afflicted by amyloidosis, a rare disorder that necessitated the operation. In October, Millen stepped away from his work as a broadcaster using all the Big Ten Network to concentrate on his health.

An former ESPN employee, Millen have been in the hospital for just three weeks awaiting for a transplant.

Millen, 60, went public about his disorder in April, if he told the Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvaniasaid that his heart was working in 30 per cent of its own capacity. Amyloidosis happens when amyloid builds in bone marrow and also spreads to organs and other body tissue. As it does, it might cause organs to fail.

A second-round selection by the Raiders Out-of Penn State in 1980, Millen was a linebacker for 12 season in the NFL for both Oakland, Sanfrancisco along with Washington. He was a All-Pro twice and a Pro-Bowler once and won Super Bowls.

After being a broadcaster following his playing days, Millen was hired with the Lions in 2001 to turn into team president and general manager. Detriot fired Millen in the middle of the 2008 season — a year that ended with all the league’s first 0-16 effort.

Information from ESPN’s Michael Rothstein was used in this report.


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