Matt Millen ‘doing great’ following heart transplant

Oct 12, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; ESPN commentator Matt Millen prior to the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Michigan Wolverines at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Michigan 43-40 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Former NFL star and front office man Matt Millen is recovering from a heart transplant on Christmas Eve, and he looks to be doing amazing.

ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap shared a picture of himself standing with Millen on Tuesday, noting Millen is “doing great —and extremely grateful to the donor and his family.”

Millen needed a heart transplant due to a rare disease — amyloidosis.

A dominant linebacker, he played in the NFL from 1980-1991. He spent time with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, and Washington Redskins, winning four Super Bowls along the way.

Following his playing career, he went into broadcasting and later became the CEO of the Detroit Lions. After he was fired from that job, Millen returned to broadcasting.