SAN DIEGO -- Marty Schottenheimer, a former coach for the San Diego Chargers, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, multiple news outlets are reporting.
Schottenheimer was actually diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's five years ago, but news that he has been battling the disease for five years was just made public.
His wife, Pat, told ESPN Cleveland blogger Tony Grossi "He remembers people and faces, and he pulls out strange things that I've never heard, but he's doing well. It's going to be a long road. We both know that."
Schottenheimer coached NFL football for 21 years, winning 200 regular season games and 5 out of 18 games in the postseason, according to Wikipedia. He began his run with the Chargers in 2002 and was the team's head coach until he was fired in 2007.
Schottenheimer has been married to his wife since 1968. The couple has two children and currently lives in North Carolina.
Marty Schottenheimer has a special place in the ??'s of San Diego @Chargers fans. Our prayers are with you Coach. https://t.co/wl25UcGZsJ
— Marie Coronel (@10NewsCoronel) October 28, 2016