WASHINGTON — J.D. Gibbs, the oldest son of former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, has died. He was 49 years old.
Joe Gibbs Racing, a stock car racing team in North Carolina that J.D. and Joe co-founded, announced Saturday that J.D. died from complications following a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Joe Gibbs Racing Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, J.D. Gibbs, who passed away earlier tonight at the age of 49 from complications following a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease. pic.twitter.com/kmyKRHupeq
— Joe Gibbs Racing (@JoeGibbsRacing) January 12, 2019
The Washington Redskins issued a statement from owner Dan Snyder calling J.D. a “champion in life and sports.”
A statement from Redskins owner Dan Snyder and his wife, Tanya. pic.twitter.com/pNpYJ7rdb6
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) January 12, 2019
Joe Gibbs coached the Washington team from 1981 to 1992, returning again as coach in 2004
Upon retiring for the first time in 1993, Joe continued his championship run at the helm of Joe Gibbs Racing. In 2004, he returned to coach the Redskins for four seasons, making two more playoff appearances before retiring at the end of the 2007 season.
In his dominant first go-round with the Redskins, Joe compiled a 124-60 regular season record and a 16-5 postseason record in 12 seasons. Joe is the only coach to have won three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks: Theismann (XVII), Doug Williams (XXII), and Mark Rypien (XXVI).
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