staff, April 28, 2015

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.

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