As Tim Tebow continues his professional baseball career, he does so with a heavy heart.
The former Florida quarterback revealed to People Magazine in a recent exclusive interview that his father, Bob, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease last spring.
“Talking to him that night, I wished that I could have been there with him,” Tebow told the magazine of the night he found out about his father’s condition. I asked him whether he needed me to come home, and he said, ‘No, you need to keep doing what you’re doing.’ It wasn’t a good night.” I got really emotional. I mean, this is my dad.”
Parkinson’s disease is a “chronic and progressive movement disorder, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time,” according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. Nearly one million people in the United States currently live with Parkinson’s, and while there is no known cure, treatment options such as medication and surgery to manage the symptoms do exist, according to the foundation.
Tebow, now in Arizona Fall League as part of the New York Mets, has been splitting time between his baseball and television career. He admitted to the magazine that the news has caused him to reassess his priorities while spending more time with his father.
The former Heisman winner has been struggling in the Arizona Fall League, but his dad is never far from his mind.
“I’m playing for him, and I’m playing for myself,” Tebow told the magazine. “He loves to come watch me, and then to talk about it later. It’s one of the ways we spend time together.”