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Joe Gibbs’ Story

Given his unique rise to the top of two different sports NFL Football and NASCAR racing, Coach Gibbs is often asked to speak and share his personal testimony with crowds. Men especially want to know what it takes to be “successful” and “relevant.” The Game Plan helps men to find true success and relevance in their own lives. However, it is less about Joe, than it is about who men are, why they were created and what they can really do with their lives.

As Head Coach of the Washington Redskins NFL football team, Joe Gibbs led the team to three Super Bowl Championships in four tries. As a NASCAR team owner, Joe Gibbs Racing has won three NASCAR Cup Series Championships.

Joe Gibbs was born November 25, 1940 in Mocksville, North Carolina. He is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame due to his success as coach of the Redskins. During Joe Gibbs’ first tenure with the Redskins, from 1981-1992, he led them to eight playoff appearances, four NFC championships, and three Super Bowl titles. During Coach Gibbs’ second tenure with the Redskins (between 2004-2008) he led the Redskins to the NFC playoffs in his second year back.

Coach Gibbs starting coaching as an offensive line coach under Don Coryell at San Diego State from 1964-1966, held the same position at Florida State from 1967-1968. He then served under John McKay at USC from 1969-1970 and Frank Boyles at Arkansas, from 1971-1972. In the pro ranks he served as an offensive backfield coach for the St. Louis Cardinals, from 1973-1977, again for Don Coryell; was offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in 1978, under McKay, and rejoined Coryell with the San Diego Chargers for the 1979 and 1980 seasons. With Gibbs as the offensive coordinator for the Chargers, the “Air Coryell” offense set numerous records, including becoming the first ever to average more than 400 yards per game of total offense. In 1981 Redskins’ owner Jack Kent Cooke gave Joe Gibbs a chance to become a head coach after 17 years as an assistant coach.

As Joe finished up coaching, his good friend Don Meredith began exploring NASCAR for opportunities to race and Joe Gibbs Racing was launched in 1991. With major sponsors like Home Depot, FedEx, Mars Candy, Coca Cola and Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing is a powerhouse which has won three Cup championships. His Nextel Cup team includes Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin. The main race shop is in Huntersville, NC, employing over 450 and occupying a 250,000 square foot facility.

Serving others through Christian ministry has always been close to Joe Gibbs’ heart and in 1986 he helped found Youth for Tomorrow, a residential youth home, private school, and counseling center for at-risk teenage girls and boys in the Washington metropolitan area. More than 800 young people have been touched by the center.

Joe is also the author of Fourth and One and Racing to Win.

Coach Gibbs lives in North Carolina. He is married to Pat and has two sons, JD (Melissa) and Coy (Heather), and eight grandchildren.

Comments

Pastor Herb Searfoss
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Hello Mr. Gibbs

I want you to know that I appreciate your stand for Christ within NASCAR. It is a blessing to see how God uses His children in all walks of life to be an example for His glory.

I am writing today to see if you are willing to help us with our VBS program this summer. The theme for our VBS is Auto Racing. The program is produced by “Truth Quest” and can be previewed at truthquest.net. Due to the theme of our program I was wondering if you would have any pictures or materials that we might be able to use in our program. We are a small church about 25 miles south of Chicago, IL. I realize that you probably get lots of requests so I am asking and trusting God for the outcome.

If you have an interest and would like to contact me you can do in one of the following ways.

email – pastorherbgbc@sbcglobal.net
Phone – 708-758-6686
or by mail

Glenwood Bible Church
201 W. Main St
Glenwood, IL 60425

Thank you for your consideration.

In the Service of the King,

pastor Herb Searfoss

Sprout
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You are a very wise and humble man. Your success is only shadowed by your humility which is through the grace of a wonderful God. I grew up cheering you on as the coach of the Redskins. You taught me the meaning of “team work”. I truely hope that the young people of today have a “sports” role model 1/2 the man you are. But I just don’t see it developing. Another reason to put your faith in God.

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I just learned about how amazing of a person Joe Gibbs is! Between his career coaching and with cars, he is really a prolific individual!

Carol Martin
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At Dawson State Jail in Dallas, Texas, my husband and I lead sessions of I Am Second every Monday, and we average well over 200 in attendance each week. On Feb. 7, 2011, the focus will be on your testimony. Because I write a lesson plan based on the person’s video we show, I have researched about you during the week.

Thank you for your leadership. I will be informing the inmates of your website for their future reference.

May God continue to bless you!
Carol L. Martin ~~ Dallas, Texas

Renae McKee (NORMAN)
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Joe,
This is Dave & Judy Norman’s daughter, one of the twins! I just want to send out a little message to let you know what a wonderful Christian man you are and I am proud to know you. We are all doing great here in Texas and please let Pat and the boys we send our hello’s. God Bless you and the wonderful work you do in Our Lord’s name.

God Bless,
Renae

Darius Jackson
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This is the kind of person I would want to race for when I get the chance. I have the passion for NASCAR just like him and its not all about winning with me, its the compassiona and teamwork that puts a smile on my face.

Chase Brown
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Hey Mr. Gibbs’

I just wanted to tell you what a huge fan of yours I am. I have followed your career in football ever sense I was old enough to know what it was. I am a die hard redskins fan and I must say the team isnt the same with out you. I’m not a huge racing fan but as far as everything you did for the game of football, i must say thank you. You were one of the greatest coaches defently for the redskins and in the history of the NFL. Must say the redskins need your leadership now more than ever

Robert Powers
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Coach Gibbs,

I would appreciate information on how to go about booking you for a speaking engagement. Please give me a way to contact your administrative staff or agent. Thanks for your help.

Jim White
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I am a fan of Hamlin, Busch, and Logano and when I do not see at least one of them in Nationwide and Truck races I change the channel. I hope they continue to participate in all three top Nascar series.

Brendy
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Great thniinkg! That really breaks the mold!

Joe Amra
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Coach,

You have been the ultimate inspiration as a human being in my life for the past 25 years. Thank you for the being the man that you are for it has made me a better father, husband, son and leader in my profession. Although I am a Muslim (we are all the children of GOD), Game Plan For Life has been a great guide in my life as I have tried to use your words to help me influence others about living life the way that GOD intended for us to live. I am happily married with 4 daughters and 1 son and they all know that Joe Gibbs is a man to be admired and that you truely are my human idol. God bless you and your awesome family.

Kimberly Childs
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Hello Mr. Gibbs- My son is an avid QMA racer who recently has experienced some difficulty. I have a very serious question for you.
We are a strong Christian family (well, I have to admit it is me, the mom, Kim, who has the strongest faith). We believe stongly in God and His presence in all we do. We have struggled recently with issues at our QMA track concerning those who do not follow any kind of value system. Specifically, we have faced some of the most evil people.
I was wondering just how do we, or you, reconcile our love of God, our faith in truth and honesty, with the evil people we meet in this sport? My son loves nothing more than racing, and would like nothing more than to continue further in this sport, however, I myself have questions as to whether this is the best place, given the people we have come up against.
Knowing you are a true man of God, we thought of you immediately when questioning just how we go on in this sport, loving racing, but losing faith when the people we race with have just no values what-so-ever.
I would sincerely appreciate your comments on just how to continue in this sport which my son love dearly.
Thank you!!!
Kim Childs
kdchilds2001@yahoo.com

Julie Heinlein
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Hello
We just had the opportunity to meet Joey Logano in Connecticut at Silver City in January. We just wanted to share this with you

Our son Corey (8 yo) was diagnosed at 13 months with Autism. After many hours and days and years of therapy, training & prayers he began to progress and by the time he was in 2nd grade we were able to comfortably say he has Aspergers. He was also later diagnosed with Tourettes which seems to be controlled by medication. He is starting to realize that he thinks a little different and may feel different so there are many tough days. We encourage him and support him all the time as any parent would do. We tell him that with any low will come a high.

When we told him we had a chance to meet Joey he got very excited but I don’t think either one of us expected the day to turn out the way it did. As for many children with Aspergers waiting is probably one of the most difficult things for them to do. It was a 2 1/2 hour drive and Corey couldn’t understand why we had to wait and why we were there so long but he did it. The second he saw Joey his entire face lit up in a way that I have never seen! It made all the waiting worth it in his eyes! I couldn’t help but get emotional because I never thought I would ever get to see my sons face so genuinely happy. It was/still is a wonderful feeling to know that there is a piece of him in there that feels excitement and can be elated about something or someone. Anyone who sees any of our pictures cannot believe the look in his eyes! On the way home Corey announced that Sunday School has been well worth it! He definitely believes in God and is glad that he can talk to him whenever he wants. It brought tears to our eyes. A perfect way to end and emotional and amazing day.

We want to personally thank Joey Logano for bringing out that beautiful side of my son. Corey knows more about Nascar and anything that goes with it! It amazes us everyday! He could probably tell you about every wreck and every driver and their numbers and what type of car everyone drives! He gives everyone any information he thinks they might “need”. Joey’s kind nature and wonderful attitude makes him the perfect role model for our son.

We are still smiling over here and thinking about the amazing time we had. Including me as I won a raffle to race with him!. I had never driven a go-kart before that (someone gave us their tickets because they had to leave and one of those was a winning ticket!). I am still laughing and proud that I didn’t come in last! I better practice though. We also took home the rear fender and it is already hanging up in his room! That made the day even more perfect!!

Corey is going to go to Silver City on March 24th to see if he likes driving the go-karts and if this is a direction we will be heading in. Whenever I think about his face and the smile he had I can’t help but cry. Now we are hoping to bring him to Dover on June 3rd mostly because it benefits Autism which is so dear to our hearts. This would also be Corey’s 1st race EVER and so it is a must!

BARBARA SHAW
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HI JOE,
I AM WRITING TO LET YOU KNOW HOW THANKFUL I AM THAT YOU AND YOU FAMILY AND THE RACE TEAM ARE DEDICATED TO GOD. I KEEP ON PRAYING FOR ALL OF YOU SINCE I AM A BOND SERVANT FOR JESUS. ALSO I AM A SISTER TO ONE OF YOUR EMPLOYEE. HE IS A HUMBLE CHRISTIAN WHO LOVES WORKING FOR YOU. MY PRAYERS HAS BEEN ANSWERED FOR MY BROTHER AND HIS FAMILY TO BE EVOLVED AROUND OTHER CHRISTIANS LIKE YOU TO HELP ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER. I AM PRAYING FOR A MIRACLE SUCCESS FOR YOUR TEAM BEYOND OUR WILDEST DREAM THROUGH HOLY SPIRIT. YOUR SISTER IN JESUS,BARBARA

Rich Weatherby
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Hi Coach Gibbs,
I was born & raised in Dallas. So, as a Cowboys fan, if I had been a born again Christian while you were coaching the Redskins back in the 80′s, some of those beatings y’all dished out wouldn’t have hurt so bad, but thank you for all the fun. It’s always refreshing & encouraging to hear, read about, or see someone in a position like yourself, publicly give honor to our Lord. I’m an EMT in a large Texas prison. As you can imagine, sports is a huge topic of dicussion around here. It’s good when God opens a door of conversation to someone over a team with a known Christian coach, or athlete that honors Christ. Sometimes, I get to share in His work because of that. It just boggles my mind. God bless you Coach!

Ed Caramanico
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Dear Joe,

The lessons I have learned from following your exploits through the years are drawn from your leadership skills. I find you second to none in that category.

Truly,

Ed

Ben Marykuca
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Hello Joe Gibbs

According Eph 4:11,12
He gives us the 5 fold ministry gifts to equip the body of Christ.
I was wondering who your spiritual fathers are,and what ministries you are personally partner with?

Howard Rekstad
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Thank you for your prayer before last week’s race. You warmed my heart. I Iove NASCAR but I love our Savior more. Keep up your Christian testimony. Our country needs to be redirected towards Him. I would love to have you and your team of drivers and staff visit us here in Minnesota.

Carl Bromer
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Coach Gibbs… I would like to have your permission to re-print your “Breakfast of Champions” article in our newsletter. It will be sent (unedited) to ~600 people and we can show the copyright credit however you feel best)

lease let me know if I have your permission…

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