Skip to comments.Steelers fan had heart attack after fumble
Posted on 01/17/2006 12:00:48 PM PST by Nexus
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Talk about a heart-stopping game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts.
Fifty-year-old Terry O'Neill of Pittsburgh says he was watching the game at a bar when he had a heart attack just seconds after Steelers player Jerome Bettis' fumble at the two-yard line late in the fourth quarter. The play allowed the Colts to have a renewed chance at winning the game.
O'Neill says Bettis is his hero, and he was upset with the idea the player might have ended his career with an error.
"I wasn't upset that the Steelers might lose," O'Neill told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I was upset because I didn't want to see him end his career like that. A guy like that deserves better. I guess it was a little too much for me to handle."
Doctors are planning to implant a pacemaker in O'Neill to help control an irregular heartbeat along with prescribing him medication to deal with hypertension.
When asked how he was feeling, O'Neill told the Tribune-Review: "The Steelers won the game and I'm still alive, so I guess I'm doing pretty good."
From now on, O'Neill says he will probably just take it easy and watch future games at home
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"Bettis is still my hero, but he did cause me to have a heart attack, so I have no choice but to sue him." [/not actually in the article]
Now THAT'S a FAN! : )
Now he knows how red sox fans used to feel.
"The Steelers won the game and I'm still alive, so I guess I'm doing pretty good."
Notice the Steelers winning comes before the being alive part, lol.
Lucky for him he wasn't a fan of Vanderjagt.
Looks like he and his team both survived the fumble.
as every year, cower will choke this weekend.
It reminds me of the SNL skit about a certain Northwestern team that rhymes with Bicago.
I've thrown pillows, food, even (non-breakable) plates, but a heart attack is taking it a little far.
He was one tackle away from becoming Bill Buckner.
If he is telling the truth, he needs to get a life. A heart attack over a game, what a loser.
it can happen, pong ;~ )
I did not have a dog in this fight, but after all the horrible officiating I was screaming like a idiot when Bettis fumbled and the Colts guy pick it up and ran. I couldn't believe that Pittsburgh might lose this game after overcoming what they had to overcome.
He has as many fans as big kicks he's made.
I recall a similar colar job against the Patriots a couple of years ago.
"Lucky for him he wasn't a fan of Vanderjagt."
aka Idiot Kicker.
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