Great college football coach Mark Richt reveals he’s battling Parkinson’s

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Longtime college football coach Mark Richt announced Thursday that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Richt, who shared the news on his Twitter, said he “decided to tell everyone at the same time” after people asked him what was wrong lately.

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“I’ve been waddling around lately,” Richt explained. “Truly, I see it as a slight momentary affliction over future glory in heaven. Thank you Jesus for promising us future blessing of a glorified body that has no sin and no sickness. In the meantime, I will enjoy the blessings I have. See you on the ACC Network! “

Parkinson’s disease, which is a brain disorder that causes tremors, stiffness, and difficulty walking, balancing and coordinating, is generally common in men around the age of 60, according to the National Institute on Aging.

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Richt turned 61 last February.

Richt, who played as a quarterback at the University of Miami, began coaching as an assistant Florida State graduate in 1985. Richt coached Charlie Ward in his Heisman Trophy run in 1993 , as the Seminoles won their very first national championship that same season.

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Richt took over from Georgia in 2001, where he flourished as one of the premier head coaches in all of college football. During his tenure with Georgia, he finished with an incredible 145-51 record, which included two SEC crowns, six SEC East titles and seven top 10. Georgia finished No. 3 in 2002 and No. 2 in general five years later.

After leaving Georgia, Richt took over from his alma mater in 2016. He led the Hurricanes to a 26-13 record in three seasons.


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