Spring 2021 Magazine

Matt Millen to step away from broadcasting to focus on his health

Matt Millen is taking a break from broadcasting for the rest of 2018 to focus on his health, the Big Ten Network announced Wednesday. The 60-year-old who has been calling games for the network since 2015 is battling amyloidosis, a rare disease that could claim his life if he doesn’t get a heart transplant.

A 12-year NFL veteran out of Penn State who also served as president of the Detroit Lions from 2001-08, Millen said over the summer that he is at peace and knows God is in control. “I know I can’t control it,” he told Bleacher Report. “Something bigger than me is in control. I’ve lived my life that way for a long, long time. I believe there is a sovereign power, and you get what you get.”

Millen is blessed with a strong community of support. In addition to his wife, Patricia, and four children, he is surrounded by his church family at Cornerstone Church in Easton, Pa., where he is a deacon.

“Matt has been serving the Lord ever since he put his faith in Jesus Christ in college,” says the church’s website. “Throughout his time in the football world until today, Matt has sought to use his gifts and abilities to further the work of the Gospel.”

Please join us in praying for Millen and his family.

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