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Marty Schottenheimer has Alzheimer’s disease

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Former KC Chiefs head coach Marty Schottenheimer, 73, has Alzheimer’s disease, according to a report from ESPN’s Tony Grossi on Friday. He was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s about five years ago.

“He’s in the best of health, [but] sometimes he just doesn’t remember everything,” his wife Pat said via ESPN.com. “He functions extremely well, plays golf several times a week. He’s got that memory lag where he’ll ask you the same question three or four times. He remembers people and faces, and he pulls out strange things that I’ve never heard, but he’s doing well. It’s going be a long road. We both know that.”

This is sobering news but you wouldn’t know it reading Marty’s quote in this ESPN story.

“I’m sitting here looking at a lake and it’s a spectacular setting,” he said. “Pat and I, the Lord’s blessed us. I mean, there’s no other way I can identify it. We’re doing really good.”

Let’s keep him in our thoughts. He was THE coach of a generation of Chiefs fans.