Former UGA, Miami Coach Mark Richt Says He Has Parkinson's, Explains 'Waddling Around'

Former college football head coach Mark Richt sent a message to the social media universe Thursday night that he has come down with Parkinson's Disease. He briefly addressed his "waddling around" while also acknowledging the light before someone gets to heaven.

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Head Coach Mark Richt of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates after the game against the LSU Tigers at Sanford Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Athens, Georgia. Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

"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," the former coach at Georgia and the University of Miami tweeted Thursday night.

"Truthfully I look at it as a momentary light affliction compared to the future glory in heaven," Richt continued. "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."

Richt ended his tweet by saying he would see his followers on the ACC Network.

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— Mark Richt (@MarkRicht) July 1, 2021

Richt is a Miami-area native from Boca Raton who went on to play for the Miami Hurricanes as a quarterback. He went on to be the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator for the arch-rival Florida State University Seminoles for 14 years under head coach Bobby Bowden, and Richt eventually landed the head coaching position at Georgia.

Richt was hired at Georgia prior to the 2001 season, and he won five SEC East championships during his 14 seasons in Athens, including the SEC crown following the 2002 and 2005 seasons.

While guiding the Bulldogs in that time, he took Georgia to three Bowl Championship Series (BCS) games in that span—all in the Sugar Bowl—going 2-1 in those contests.

Richt went 9-5 in bowl games at Georgia and finished inside the AP top 10 six times. He left after the 2015 season and was hired at his alma mater of Miami, where he quickly pulled the Hurricanes out of a funk and back to prominence.

In 2017, Richt had Miami undefeated at 10-0 going into the Thanksgiving weekend, but they lost at Pittsburgh, 24-14. They lost the ACC Championship game to No. 1 Clemson and then lost to No. 7 Wisconsin, 34-24, in the Orange Bowl.

Richt went 7-6 in 2018, including a 4-4 mark in ACC play.

He went on to become an analyst and personality on the ACC Network the last two seasons.

Parkinson's Disease is a nervous-system disorder that can lead to shaking, stiffness and difficulty with things like standing, balance and walking. As the disease progresses, it can also lead to the patient having trouble talking and breathing.