NFL Exit Puts Gibbs Back in NASCAR Seat

Ex-Redskins coach will devote more time to his racing team
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2008 7:56 AM CST
Washington Redskins coach and team president Joe Gibbs announces his resignation from the NFL football team Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – When Joe Gibbs stepped down as Redskins' head coach yesterday at age 67, it wasn't to head off to the golf course—Gibbs is expected to retake the reins of his NASCAR team, reports USA Today. "I guess it's a good thing I never moved into his office," cracked son JD Gibbs, who's been running the show since dad's 2004 return to football.

"Obviously we've got our family business there,' said the ex-coach, who cited a desire to spend more time with family in stepping down. "We take a lot of pride in it, and that will be a part of me, helping the boys." And though Gibbs was never far away from his team, one team owner says, "the NFL's loss is NASCAR's gain."