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Former Nittany Lion Matt Millen has successful heart transplant

Former Penn State football great is recovering from a major procedure on right in time for Christmas

It was a Christmas miracle for former Penn State football great Matt Millen. The All-American defender underwent a successful heart transplant on Sunday evening and is now recovering. The news was announced by Millen’s son on Christmas Eve that his dad underwent a successful transplant.

“We are praising God this morning that dad’s heart transplant was “wildly successful” last night. What a wonderful Christmas gift,” wrote Matthew H. Millen on Facebook Monday morning.

Millen was diagnosed in 2017 with a rare disease called, Amyloidosis. It’s a buildup of abnormal proteins that in Millen’s case, affected his heart. Reports said his heart was working at just 30 percent capacity.

A regular broadcaster on the Big Ten network for college football games, including many Penn State games, Millen announced back in October that he would be stepping away from the booth to focus on his treatment and fighting the disease.

Millen played on the defensive line and at linebacker for the Nittany Lions in the late 70’s. He was a first-team All-American in 1979 and was selected in the second round of the 1980 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.

He played in the NFL from 1980 to 1991 as a member of the Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, and the Washington Redskins. He won four Super Bowls over his professional career.

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VBR is very excited to hear this news, as it truly is a Christmas miracle. Here’s wishing the Millen family all of the very best as Matt continues to fight and recover from his transplant.


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