There’s a lot of talk in the NFL about how the sport is a business, and that players and coaches are little more than businessmen with athleticism and flair. While that may ring true for some, the greatest players and coaches have an incredible passion for the game, no matter where life may take them.
For Redskins legend Joe Gibbs, it was a passion that inspired three Super Bowl championship teams with three different quarterbacks. It was coaching 12 seasons in the same city and leaving on his own terms. It was returning 12 years later to fulfill a deep-seeded desire to coach. It was coaching for another four seasons, giving his team two more shots at the playoffs.
And it was being a lifelong Redskins fan, who still gets excited for his old team.
Gibbs was at Redskins Park earlier this week and caught up with Redskins Nation’s Larry Michael to discuss what he’s been up to, and what he’s most excited to see about the Redskins for next season (via CSN Washington):
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The best part of the interview is what Gibbs says about his time with the Redskins–especially in his first go around:
“It was everything for us emotionally, and just a big part of our lives. I thought that maybe it was just me, but when all the player came back, almost every single one of them said the exact same thing I did: that it was one of the greatest periods in our life.
“It was a thrill to be here. I think this is the greatest sports franchise in the world, with the greatest fan base in the world. It was a thrill to be a part of all that…I’m probably one of the biggest fans ever.”
So if a player or writer ever tells you that football is just a business, keep in mind that some would disagree. Even one of the greatest coaches to touch the gridiron is one of the biggest homers of all time.