Miami Hurricanes quarterbacks coach Jon Richt, if you didn’t know by now, is the son of head coach Mark Richt, who playfully revealed in the spring that "I think most people are calling him Coach Jon. It's CMR on my underwear and CJR on his."
Jon Richt spoke Friday about his dad and his daughter, 2-year-old Jadyn, who is progressing in her battle with Crohn's disease, and how her condition has helped create a bond between himself and former UM left tackle Seantrel Henderson.
Henderson now plays for the Buffalo Bills, where the younger Richt worked last year as an offensive assistant. Henderson also has Crohn’s disease, and is recovering from offseason surgery as he reportedly awaits to get back on the field.
According to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Crohn's disease belongs to a group of conditions known as Inflammatory Bowel diseases (IBD). Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract.
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Jon acknowledged Friday that little Jadyn has helped rejuvenate her grandfather, who was fired from Georgia late last year after an illustrious 15-year coaching career with the Bulldogs. "Oh it does, it does,'' said the younger Richt, 26, who got married to his wife Anna his sophomore year at Mars Hill College in North Carolina. “We were up in Buffalo, N.Y. last year. My daughter last year came down with Crohn’s disease so we were in the hospital a lot of the year. So, us being away, plus being in the hospital and them not being able to really be around...
“Now, we’re here, the great ‘U Health’ system is right here and we’re able to take advantage of that. It’s been a great situation for us overall and dad gets to hang around with his little Jadyn.”
Jon Richt said Jadyn, who for the most part still gets her nourishment through a feeding tube, is “doing awesome.’’
“We just had a checkup and she’s getting there,’’ he said. “We’re still working on liquids and trying to get her to eat more through the mouth, but we’ll get there, and hopefully she’ll continue to get better.”
Jon said for about six months the family didn’t know what was ailing Jadyn “because she was only nine months old and …she wasn’t gaining weight. She wasn’t eating. She was just kind of looking frailer and frailer, so it was a really scary time.’’
He said Henderson had the same type of situation, just on a massive body. “Same kind of deal,’’ Jon Richt said. “It’s a disease that people are working on nonstop to make it not only manageable, but [to] cure it. Me and him have kind of created a cool bond in that we kind of text back and forth. I check on him. He checks on her. It’s a cool deal. He’s doing good. He’s working his way back to health. He lost a lot of weight in that battle. He’s working to get back.”
Jon savors being with his dad in Miami.
"It was great to know that he had the faith in me at such an early age to get the job done,'' he said. "His trust means a lot to me.
“…I love it,’’ he said of coaching the quarterbacks. “The hours don't matter when you are doing something that you love to do, so that's what it is all about.''