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Penn State Legend Underwent Heart Surgery Today

Penn State fans during whiteout game against Michigan.

STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 21: Penn State students cheer against the Michigan Wolverines on October 21, 2017 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

One of Penn State football's most famous alums went under the knife for a major procedure on Christmas Eve.

On Monday, former Nittany Lions and Oakland Raiders star Matt Millen underwent a heart transplant. He has been battling amyloidosis, a rare condition that affects his heart.

Per the reports, Millen's son said that the surgery was "wildly successful" and that the transplant was a "perfect fit."

Millen was an All-American as a defensive tackle at Penn State in 1978 before embarking on a stellar NFL career as a linebacker.

The school showed its support for Millen through his recovery on Twitter:

Upon being drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1980, Millen quickly transitioned to LB and became a star.

In nine seasons with the Raiders, Millen made a Pro Bowl and received two All-Pro selections.

Millen also holds the distinction of being a select few players with four Super Bowl rings: Two with the Raiders, one with the San Francisco 49ers, and one with the Washington Redskins.

He found less success as an NFL executive though.

In 2008, as GM of the Detroit Lions, Millen's team went 0-16 - the first time that a team had gone winless in the NFL's 16-game era.