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Joe Gibbs grateful to win another Daytona 500 alongside ailing son

CONCORD, NC - JANUARY 24:  (L-R) J.D. Gibbs, President of JGR, sits beside his father and team owner, Joe Gibbs, as they speak to the media during the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Media Tour on January 24, 2013 in Concord, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for NASCAR) Getty Images

As Washington’s coach, Joe Gibbs won three Super Bowls. And with Denny Hamlin winning the Daytona 500 yesterday, Gibbs has now won a pair of NASCAR’S Super Bowls as an owner.

But of the lot of them, this one might have been the most special for him, as his son Jason Dean Gibbs undergoes tests and treatments for symptoms which impact his brain function.

J.D. was there in victory lane yesterday, and able to share the moment with his family on his 47th birthday, at the top of his sport. But for the last year, doctors have searched for answers about the source of the symptoms that impact his speech and processing ability, which some have suggested stemmed from a youth of playing football and racing cars and participating in extreme sports, and the attendant head injuries.

“He’s grateful,” Joe Gibbs said of his son, via Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel. “This is a great birthday present for J.D.

It’s an emotional time for the family, as J.D. Gibbs’ brain issues come after his youngest son Taylor overcame leukemia as a toddler, a source of inspiration now that he’s 11 and recovered.

“This is big for our family today,” Joe said.

But as J.D. had to step away from the day-to-day operations of the race team, his father took back over, making Hamlin’s win a chance for them to celebrate together, joking about a trip to Steak N Shake, as they did after their first Daytona 500 win in 1993.

“To have somebody go through what J.D.’s going through, . . . and have all the tough times. Never to complain. Not once, not once,” Joe Gibbs said. “I know I’m not strong enough to do that and he is.”

Of course, J.D. had to learn it from someone.

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16 Responses to “Joe Gibbs grateful to win another Daytona 500 alongside ailing son”
  1. skinsfan2 says: Feb 22, 2016 6:58 AM

    Prayers to J.D. and the entire Gibbs family.

  2. tonebones says: Feb 22, 2016 7:14 AM

    Joe Gibbs is amazing. The greatest coach in NFL history, and now reaching the top in another arena as well. When they talk about the greatest coaches, most have won super bowls with HOF QBs. That’s one part about football that’s never changed. But Gibbs won three super bowls with three different QBs, and none of them are in the HOF. Maybe the NFL should name the coach of the year trophy after Joe Gibbs. It would be fitting.

  3. cometkazie says: Feb 22, 2016 7:24 AM

    All the best, J.D.

  4. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Feb 22, 2016 7:25 AM

    here’s to wishing JD better health in the future.

  5. blackqbwhiterb says: Feb 22, 2016 7:42 AM

    Joe Gibbs is a great man. In every sense of the word. Wishing him & his family all the best.

  6. kingofthenorth92 says: Feb 22, 2016 7:52 AM

    Didn’t know Gibbs coached at University of Washington…oh wait you mean the Washington REDSKINS

  7. edrooneyjr says: Feb 22, 2016 7:55 AM

    So grateful Gibbs coached for the Redskins. Best of luck to his son.

  8. vetdana says: Feb 22, 2016 8:13 AM

    All of the lofty Goals accomplished in Sports and Business
    mean nothing when compared to the Health of a Family member.

  9. trmpspd3 says: Feb 22, 2016 8:19 AM

    Hope very much that everything works out well for you and your family Joe…Heck of a finish by Hamlin yesterday !!

  10. spartan01 says: Feb 22, 2016 8:57 AM

    I don’t always watch NASCAR but glad I watched the 500 yesterday. That ending was as good as any NFL 4th quarter come from behind victory.

  11. mitchellwall says: Feb 22, 2016 11:13 AM

    Joe Gibbs is living proof that you can ” walk the line ” and be successful. He is THE role model that young people can look up to and learn so much from. Sooner or later, we all face adversity in some form or another. To face it with the calm, level headed manor that Joe Gibbs does says more about his character than I could ever write in this comment.

  12. joedskins1959 says: Feb 22, 2016 12:48 PM

    Greatest NFL coach/leader in history.

  13. All-American Voltron says: Feb 22, 2016 2:33 PM

    To win championships for two completely different and MAJOR sports is an incredible feat that likely will never come close to being matched.

  14. hughes56 says: Feb 22, 2016 2:56 PM

    And don’t forget Gibbs was also very successful as an owner in NHRA Drag Racing. Amazing at the success he’s had.

  15. wildbill1952 says: Feb 22, 2016 3:32 PM

    “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” Prayers for Joe, J.D, and family and wisdom for the doctors treating him.

  16. skinsgal4life says: Feb 26, 2016 7:43 AM

    As a life-long REDSKINS fan, I wish nothing but the best for one of the NFL’s greatest coaches and his family. My thoughts are with the Gibbs family.

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