Matt Millen, former Detroit Lions GM, gets life-saving heart transplant

Former Detroit Lions general manager Matt Millen, who had stepped away from his TV job in October to focus on his health, received a heart donation and transplant a day before Christmas, according to a longtime NFL reporter.

"He is out of surgery, and his wife, Pat, tells me the doctors told her it was a good match," NBCSports.com sportswriter Peter King tweeted at about 9 a.m. Monday "Surgery was a success."

Millen, 60, who has a rare disease that attacks the lining of the heart, was told Sunday afternoon that a match had been found and was set to undergo surgery at 1 a.m. Monday in New Jersey, King reported.

King, who wrote that he had spoken to Millen on Sunday, said the former NFL linebacker and executive asked King to tell anyone rooting for him that he would use their prayers.

“Tell ‘em to pray,” Millen said. “I’ll need it.”

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