Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

NEW PODCAST: Joe Gibbs - Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach

THIS IS EPISODE 462 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST

Joe Gibbs is a legend in two sports. He’s a Pro Football Hall of Fame coach who won three Super Bowl championships with the Washington Redskins, and he’s also a five-time NASCAR Cup Series champion as the owner of Joe Gibbs Racing.

He began his NFL coaching career in 1973 as an assistant with the Cardinals before moving to the Buccaneers and Chargers. His first and only head coaching job came with the Washington Redskins in 1981. He coached the Redskins for 12 seasons until his retirement in 1992.

After stepping away from the NFL, Gibbs focused on NASCAR, creating Joe Gibbs Racing in 1992. He currently has four drivers.

In 2004, however, Gibbs felt called back to football and back to the Redskins for a second stint as their head coach, from 2004 to 2007. He was able to lead Washington to the playoffs twice before retiring for good in January 2008.

In 1996, Gibbs was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 2020, he was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He’s the only person ever to be inducted into both the Pro Football and NASCAR Halls of Fame. In 2020, he was also named to the NFL 100 All-Time Team and participated in ceremonies celebrating the honor prior to Super Bowl LIV in Miami.

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Gibbs about being inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, why he’s so outspoken about his faith, where his relationship with Jesus began, and how that strong faith helped him during the difficult loss of his son JD.