Monday, April 28, 2008

Joe Gibbs

I've mentioned Joe Gibbs before. He is the former head coach of the Washington Redskins, with two different tenures at the job. He also owns Joe Gibbs Racing in Huntersville, NC and has three top notch drivers working for him: Tony Stewart (my personal favorite!), Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch.

In a nutshell, I was able to meet him one June morning when we stopped at his shop on our way to Myrtle Beach, SC. He was SO kind and thoughtful! He took a couple of minutes to talk to me and made me feel as though he was hanging on to every word I said. He looked in my eyes the entire time we talked. He is a true Christian too.

Joe's grandson Taylor Gibbs was diagnosed with leukemia in January of 2007, when he was only 2 years old. Something like that can really bring a close family even closer. Although Joe was back to coaching the Redskins and had another year remaining on his contract, he decided to retire again. He wanted to spend time with Taylor and his other grandchildren.

Yesterday, before the NASCAR race began, ESPN apparently showed this video. We didn't see it as we were busy and unable to put the race on until it was almost half over. However, on Taylor's CaringBridge site, his daughter-in-law Melissa posted a link, and here it is.

Joe and Mrs. Gibbs are wonderful people and have passed on their traits to their children and grandchildren.


Paulie said...

That's really neat -- nice to know people in the world who care huh?

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