When Marions life took a turn for the worse, he took the first steps toward a full recovery.
“The Pongs life changed for me.
We lost him, but the game is back,” said Mittermann, now 47.
Mitterhammer, a member of the Minnesota Vikings for more than 30 years, died March 15 after a lengthy illness.
He had battled a variety of health issues, including cancer, diabetes, and a history of lung problems.
He was one of the best-known players in the sport, playing in the first three Super Bowls of the franchise’s history.
Mittermann’s family said he had a good relationship with the Vikings, and had been enjoying life in the Twin Cities.
Mittermeier was the former quarterback for the Minnesota St. Gophers who also played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots.
A member of his family said Mittlehammer had been living with cancer since early last year.
He also had been diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer called hemangiosarcoma in 2014.
Mitch Williams, the executive director of the Twin City Foundation, which was instrumental in getting the grant for Mitterman, said the foundation had invested $1.5 million in his behalf.
He said the money had gone toward his care and the family’s ongoing recovery.
“We all knew it was going to be tough,” Williams said.
“We all know that Marion had a long road ahead of him.
But we were also determined to do everything we could to support him.”
Mittermeier’s daughter, Maryanne, said in a statement that he was the epitome of everything she wanted in a father.
“I never would have imagined my father would be ill like this,” she said.
The Ponsinger family released a statement thanking the Minnesota State Patrol for its efforts to track down Mittermans car, as well as its help in locating the driver who hit Mittermeyer’s car.
The statement also praised the Minnesota Medical Examiner’s Office for its investigation into Mittermeister death.
“It is our deepest sympathies to the family of Marion.
Marion was a loving husband, father, and husband of two daughters.
His death is devastating for us all,” the statement read.
Mincey, the former Ponsingers coach, had coached Mitterminder for the past 17 years.
He coached Mincembers team to the Super Bowl four years ago.
Micey had been with the Ponsers since 1996, and coached the team for eight seasons.
He was also an assistant coach with the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.
He was inducted into the Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
Mincey also played college football at the University of Minnesota, where he earned all-conference honors in 1982.
In 2013, Mincezie became the first African American coach in the history of the program to earn a national championship.
Mulvey was the first black coach to coach a Super Bowl-winning team.
He retired as the head coach of the New York Giants in 2012 after two seasons with the team.
Munsey, a former player and assistant coach, played in the NFL for 10 seasons.
Musey coached Munchies championship team in 2000 and helped them win the Superbowl in 2002.
He died in March.