Mike Shanahan says Mike Heimerdinger will 'fight through' cancer diagnosis
As teammates and roommates at Eastern Illinois in the early 1970s, Mike Shanahan and Mike Heimerdinger began a friendship that has lasted to this day.
On Wednesday, Shanahan called Heimerdinger, Tennessee's offensive coordinator, after learning his friend left the Titans Wednesday and will undergo chemotherapy after a cancer diagnosis.
"I had a chance to talk to him yesterday," Shanahan said after practice Thursday at Redskins Park. "Obviously, he's fighting through.
"He's going to be fighting through some chemotherapy here in the next couple of months. He's a fighter. And just knowing Mike, he'll fight through this."
As a junior at Eastern Illinois, Shanahan suffered a ruptured kidney while being hit during practice. Heimerdinger helped save his life, Shanahan said.
"I did lose my kidney my senior year, but really, eligibility-wise, my junior year," Shanahan said. "That was after spring ball. And Dinger saw me throwing up in the sink, and he knew something was wrong. ... He saved my life."
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