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Ex-49er Improving After Stroke

October 27, 2000

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ John Brodie remained alert after a stroke, and son-in-law Chris Chandler of the Atlanta Falcons says the former star quarterback is starting to regain movement on his right side.

The 65-year-old Brodie’s condition was unchanged _ serious but stable, hospital spokeswoman Mary Kay Plock said Friday.

Dr. Khoi Le, a cardiologist at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage near Palm Springs, said Thursday that Brodie is making ``slow but steady progress.″

Le said Brodie’s symptoms first appeared Monday night while he was watching the NFL game on TV.

``He is fully alert and very interactive with his family. Mr. Brodie has very supportive family and friends,″ the doctor said, adding Brodie arrived at the emergency room on Tuesday in critical condition.

``When he first arrived, it was unclear if he had a cardiac event or a stroke,″ the doctor said. ``After I examined him, it was clear it was a stroke.″

An emergency procedure was performed by Dr. Brian Herman to open two blocked vessels, Le said.

``His family has remained at his side, and he has received many faxes, visits, flowers and phone calls,″ Le said. ``He is aware of the outpouring of support and is very appreciative.″

Brodie, a former NFL MVP with San Francisco, has five children and all traveled from out of town to be with their father, who lives in La Quinta, near Palm Springs.

Chris Chandler joined his wife, Diane, to be with his father-in-law, but the quarterback returned to Atlanta in time to practice Thursday.

``It was pretty much a miracle he lived,″ Chandler said. ``I’m glad I went out there. My wife was almost hysterical.

``He’s starting to get some movement on his right side, which is encouraging. It’s going to take a lot of rehab and a lot of time.″

Chandler said Brodie is ``as much a father as I’ve had in my life, and very much a best friend, too.″

Brodie played with the San Francisco 49ers from 1957-73 after attending Stanford, and later played on the Senior PGA Tour, winning a tournament in 1991.

His 31,548 passing yards rank second to that of Joe Montana on the San Francisco career passing list. His 214 touchdown passes are the third most in 49ers history behind that of Montana and Steve Young.

Brodie won the NFL MVP award in 1970 and led the 49ers to the NFC championship game in 1970 and 1971. The 49ers retired his No. 12 in 1973 after he retired.

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