NFL Hall Of Famer/former WCW star Steve “Mongo” McMichael is in bad shape. A new photo has surfaced online and it’s heartbreaking to see.
As previously reported, McMichael was diagnosed with ALS a couple of years ago and his health has continued to deteriorate. McMichael’s sister said last year that her brother no longer can use his arms or legs. As seen in the photo below (via Twitter/MarksWrestling1), McMichael appears to be confined to his bed but appears to be in good spirits under the circumstances.
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McMichael continues to show that he’s a fighter and, according to Ric Flair, he doesn’t plan on letting the disease stop him from traveling. Flair recently noted on his podcast that accommodations will be made for McMichael to transport him to Nashville so he can be in attendance for Flair’s last match.
The former WCW United States Champion and NFL legend was first diagnosed in January last year.
“I’m not going to be out in the public any more…you’re not going to see me out doing appearances, hell I can’t even sign my name any more, and everybody’s going to be speculating ‘Where’s McMichael, what’s wrong with him?” McMichael said. “I’m here to tell everyone I’ve been diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, so I’m not going to be a public figure any more.”
McMichael had lost the use of his hands, started using a wheelchair to get around. His first pro wrestling appearance came at WrestleMania 11 as one of Lawrence Taylor’s All-Star Players when Taylor faced Bam Bam Bigelow in the main event. He then joined WCW in 1995 where he was a member of the Monday Nitro broadcast team alongside Tony Schiavone and Eric Bischoff.
McMichael first stepped into the ring by teaming with Kevin Greene against Ric Flair and Arn Anderson. He ended up turning on his fellow NFL star and joined the Four Horsemen. He was managed by Debra, who was his wife at the time and ended up winning the United States Title from Jeff Jarrett at Clash of Champions. He also worked various celebrity wrestling matches. His WCW tenure ended in 1999.