Football Analyst, Mark Richt, Diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease; Remains Hopeful


Former football coach, Mark Richt has revealed that he has been diagnosed with Pakinson’s disease. He made this announcement on his Twitter page on Thursday, noting that he looks at it as ‘’a momentary light affliction compared to the future glory in heaven.’’ Below is the tweet.

“I have been waddling around lately and people have asked me what’s wrong. I’ve decided to tell everyone at the same time. I have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Truthfully I look at it as a momentary light affliction compared to the future glory in heaven. Thank you Jesus for promising us a future blessing of a glorified body that has no sin and no disease. In the meantime I am going to enjoy the blessings that I do have. See you on the ACCNETWORK!”
Formerly, the 61-year-old was the head coach of the University of Miami and the University of Georgia. Presently, he is a college football analyst for the ACC Network and the ESPN. Also, he is the national spokesman for Send Relief, a ministry of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

For 15 years, Richt coached at Georgia and guided the Bulldogs to the SEC Championship game three times, winning two titles. Thereafter, he coached Miami, his alma mater, for three years, leading the Hurricanes to the Orange Bowl in the 2017 season.

Besides, he was led to Christ by renowned coach, Bobby Bowden, whom he worked with as an assistant coach at Florida State University. A tragedy which occurred in 1986 triggered him into being a Christian. FSU football player, Pablo Lopez, had died after he was shot. In 2017, Sports Spectrum reported Richt’s response to the incident as at that time.

“The next day, Coach Bowden had a team meeting, and I was in the room as the graduate assistant coach. Coach Bowden said, ‘Men, I don’t know where Pablo is. I don’t know where he’ll spend eternity.’ He basically presented the Gospel to the team. He said, ‘God sent his Son Christ to die on the cross to take on all the sins of mankind. If you just choose Him, He’ll pay the price for your sin and give you a new life,” Richt said.


In addition, Richt informed The Miami Herald about his faith and his goal in life. In the words of the television analyst;

“In a nutshell, in 1986, I became a born-again believer in Jesus Christ and I went from a really self-centered guy to an other-centered guy. My goal became to try to live a life that God will be pleased with on a daily basis.”

In his tweet about his diagnosis, Richt did not disclose any further information.

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