A football stalwart gamely battles a rare disease—a heart transplant looms as a possibility—with an attitude of acceptance on acreage in rural Pennsylvania. Other sections include a look back at the late Chuck Knox’s career; notes on Matt Patricia, Mark Ingram, Adam Vinatieri; and more  By Peter King

Detroit Lions president Matt Millen looks from the sidelines before the Lions’ football game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005, in Detroit. Earlier in the day, fans, angry about cheering for a team that’s perenially mired in depths of the NFL, marched around Ford Field to demand the firing of Millen. The anti-Millen signs and chants have surfaced at games of other Detroit sports teams since Thanksgiving, as well as at University of Michigan and Michigan State basketball games. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

News of Matt Millen’s illness — he suffers from amyloidosis — broke last month. He was being treated with chemotherapy. He knew he needed a heart transplant. In the past few weeks things have gotten worse. “We’re in the fourth quarter of a big football game,” he told Peter King of Sports Illustrated, who visited Millen recently at his Durham, Pennsylvania, farm. “We’re down 13. Playing defense. It’s getting late. We need a stop. We need a big stop.” By 


(Photo: Richard Lee, DFP)

A couple of weeks ago, we shared the story by the Morning Call in Pennsylvania, which reported that Matt Millen, the former Detroit Lions general manager, needs a heart transplant. Millen, whose time running the Lions ushered in the lowest points of the franchise’s history, was diagnosed with amyloidosis, an incurable disease that is being treated with chemotherapy. , Detroit Free Press

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