Ex-MSU two-sport star Kirk Gibson diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease

Ex-MSU two-sport star Kirk Gibson diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease

Former Michigan State football and baseball star Kirk Gibson has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, FOX Sports Detroit announced Tuesday.

Gibson, an All-American in both football and baseball in 1978, played 17 MLB seasons and managed the Arizona Diamonbacks as recently as last year before becoming a member of the Detroit Tigers TV team.

“I have faced many different obstacles in my life, and have always maintained a strong belief that no matter the circumstances, I could overcome those obstacles,” Gibson said in a released statement. “While this diagnosis poses a new kind of challenge for me, I intend to stay true to my beliefs. With the support of my family and friends, I will meet this challenge with the same determination and unwavering intensity that I have displayed in all of my endeavors in life. I look forward to being back at the ballpark as soon as possible.”

Gibson’s son, Cam Gibson, is a junior on the Michigan State baseball team.

Here’s some Twitter reaction to the news:

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