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Former Raiders, 49ers linebacker Matt Millen hospitalized, playing a waiting game

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2018, file photo, honorary captain and Penn State alumn Matt Millen waves to the crowd before the team takes on Appalachian State in an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa. Millen is stepping away from his TV analyst job for the rest of this season to focus on his health. The Big Ten Network made the announcement Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. The 60-year Millen has amyloidosis and has been seeking a heart transplant. (AP Photo/Chris Knight, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2018, file photo, honorary captain and Penn State alumn Matt Millen waves to the crowd before the team takes on Appalachian State in an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa. Millen is stepping away from his TV analyst job for the rest of this season to focus on his health. The Big Ten Network made the announcement Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. The 60-year Millen has amyloidosis and has been seeking a heart transplant. (AP Photo/Chris Knight, File) AP

Former Raiders and 49ers linebacker Matt Millen is in a New Jersey hospital awaiting a heart transplant, NBC Sports’ Peter King reported.

Millen, who won two Super Bowls with the Raiders, one with the 49ers and another with Washington, announced in April that he suffers from amyloidosis, a rare disease — fewer than 200,000 cases are diagnosed each year in the United States — that can affect internal organs.

The disease attacked Millen’s heart, which he said in April was working at 30 percent of capacity.

King, who interviewed Millen at his Durham, Pennsylvania, farm in May, wrote that Millen “at 60, needs a transplant fairly soon. Problem is, he doesn’t know what ‘fairly soon’ means.”

King wrote that Millen’s nurses bring home-cooked meals to him. He reads and watches football on TV. In October, Millen stepped away from his job as a football analyst for the Big Ten Network to focus on his health.

He has been resolutely pragmatic throughout his medical ordeal.

“I look over my life and it’s been a storybook,” he told the Allentown Morning Call. “I have an awesome family, a phenomenal wife, and you can’t ask for more.

“So you’re not supposed to take the good with the bad? It’s ridiculous to feel sorry for yourself. I’m thankful for what I have, and I’ll take what I get.”

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