A Major CFB Announcer Is Stepping Away This Season For Health Reasons

first_imgView of the Beaver stadium.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: A general view of the stadium prior to the game between the Michigan Wolverines and Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)Big Ten Network football analyst Matt Millen has battled amyloidosis, a rare and incurable condition that affects his heart, since 2011. Unfortunately, Millen’s health issues will cause him to miss the remainder of the 2018 college football season.Millen, a former NFL linebacker and general manager, is stepping away from the booth to continue treatment for amyloidosis, Big Ten Network announced today. Millen had called games the first five weeks of the season.“We will certainly miss seeing Matt this fall, but his health is the clear priority for everyone involved and we plan to support him in any way possible,” said Mark Hulsey, senior vice president of production and executive producer at BTN.Matt Millen is stepping away from the broadcast booth for the remainder of the 2018 season in order to focus on his health. pic.twitter.com/Ku1j1UD8i7— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 3, 2018Play-by-play man Kevin Kugler, who is partnered with Millen on BTN telecasts, tweeted a heartfelt message of support for his colleague this morning.I am really going to miss my partner. Please keep Matt and his family in your prayers. https://t.co/Ei7AvsjcB0— Kevin Kugler (@kevinkugler) October 3, 2018Amyloidosis is “a rare disease that occurs when abnormal proteins called amyloids, which are produced in bone marrow, build up in organs or tissue.” In Millen’s case it affects his heart.Back in April, it was announced that Millen may eventually need a heart transplant. He underwent eight months of chemotherapy last year and in early 2018 to treat his condition.Our thoughts and prayers are with Millen as he continues to battle this awful disease.last_img

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