35 Facts About Joe Gibbs


Joe Gibbs is widely regarded as one of the greatest coaches in NFL history.


In 2004, Joe Gibbs came out of retirement to rejoin the Redskins as head coach, staying with them until 2007 when he again retired following the season's end.


Joe Gibbs was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996, as well as being named to the NFL 100 All-Time Team.


Joe Gibbs was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2020, making him the only person to be a member of both.


Joe Gibbs graduated from Santa Fe High School in 1959, where he was the star quarterback.


Joe Gibbs studied Physical Education at San Diego State University, coached by Don Coryell, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1964 and a master's degree in 1966.


Joe Gibbs began his career with a stint as offensive line coach at San Diego State under Coryell.


Joe Gibbs held the same position under Bill Peterson at Florida State before serving under John McKay at Southern California and Frank Broyles at Arkansas.


Joe Gibbs, who was at the opposite end of the field, sprinted over to Nelsen and confronted him.


Joe Gibbs returned for the 1992 regular season to defend the Redskins' Super Bowl crown from the previous year.


Two months after Super Bowl XXVII, Joe Gibbs retired on March 5,1993, surprising many in the organization and around the league.


From 1994 to 1997, Joe Gibbs served as a color analyst on NBC Sports' NFL pregame show.


In 1996, Joe Gibbs was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


Joe Gibbs is the only NFL coach to win three Super Bowls with three different starting quarterbacks and three different starting running backs.


Joe Gibbs added a deep passing attack which complemented the ground game, utilizing agile receivers such as Art Monk, Gary Clark, and Ricky Sanders.


Joe Gibbs' offense was aided by aggressive defensive units under the direction of defensive coordinator Richie Petitbon.


Joe Gibbs' system was robust enough to be successful without a Hall-of-Fame-caliber quarterback at the helm.


Joe Gibbs is credited with inventing the H-back set, typically by use of a smaller tight end in the backfield.


Joe Gibbs was credited for creating the Trips formation: stacking three wide receivers to one side.


Joe Gibbs is one of few coaches that utilized the H-back position prominently in his offense.


Joe Gibbs' offenses were known for their extensive number of formations, as well as shifts and motions.


Gibbs created his NASCAR team, Joe Gibbs Racing in 1992, a year before he first retired from the NFL.


Joe Gibbs took Gibbs' MBNA Top Fuel Dragster to a $200,000 payday, winning the 2000 NHRA Winston No-Bull Showdown, pitting Top Fuel Dragsters against Funny Cars in a 24 car shootout.


Joe Gibbs announced that he would focus solely on his NASCAR teams following the 2000 season, ending the six-year-long relationship with NHRA.


In 2008, Joe Gibbs branched out into motorcycle racing, forming the JGRMX team competing in the AMA motocross and supercross championships.


In January 2004, Joe Gibbs accepted an offer from Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to return as the team's head coach.


At his press conference, Joe Gibbs stated that even though he enjoyed NASCAR, he had missed coaching in the NFL.


Joe Gibbs hired former Buffalo Bills head coach Gregg Williams to join the team to run the defense and hired one of his former running backs, Earnest Byner, to serve as running backs coach.


Joe Gibbs took over for Gibbs as the team's primary play-caller upon joining the Redskins.


Joe Gibbs retired as head coach and president in January 2008, citing family obligations.


Joe Gibbs founded Game Plan for Life in 2009, an evangelical Christian witnessing organization.


In January 2007, Joe Gibbs revealed that Taylor was diagnosed with leukemia, adding that his grandson had undergone surgery and received chemotherapy treatments.


Joe Gibbs became a Baptist Christian at the age of 9.


On September 5,2008, Joe Gibbs addressed the 2008 Republican National Convention, during which he offered his support for John McCain and his hope that the McCain-Palin ticket would lead to a 'spiritual awakening' in the United States.


In 2009, Joe Gibbs wrote the book Game Plan for Life which discusses his life in football; how his religious faith can help others and outside of sports, as well as key topics that are important to people trying to lead a contemporary Christian lifestyle.