Timeline: The road to victory


San Diego State University, football graduate assistant


San Diego State University, offensive line coach


Florida State University, offensive line coach


University of Southern California, offensive line coach


University of Arkansas, offensive line coach


St. Louis Cardinals, offensive backfield coach


Tampa Bay Buccaneers, offensive coordinator


San Diego Chargers, offensive coordinator 


Washington Redskins, head coach


Redskins win Super Bowl XVII. Gibbs would go on to guide the team to victories in Super Bowl XXII (1988) and XXVI (1992)


October 1: “Joe Gibbs: Fourth and One” book is released

October 20: Makes his TV commercial debut, touting Interstate Batteries.


February: Joe Gibbs Racing makes its NASCAR debut, with Dale Jarrett driving the Interstate Batteries-sponsored Chevrolet Lumina.

September: Launches Redline Sports Marketing, JGR’s in-house licensing agency.


Fields a Funny Car, Top Fuel dragster and a Pro Stock Firebird in the NHRA. McDonald’s is the primary sponsor on all three cars.


Gibbs is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


JGR expands to a two-car operation, with Tony Stewart’s Home Depot-sponsored car.


Ends his NHRA relationship after six years and 33 victories.


Along with a small group of investors, buys 5% of the Atlanta Falcons from owner Arthur Blank for $27 million.


Co-authors “Racing to Win” with Ken Abraham. 


January: Accepts an offer from Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, who had purchased the club in 1999, to return as the team’s head coach.

April: GM announces that it will make 1,200 Joe Gibbs Performance versions of both the Chevrolet Tahoe and Silverados.


JGR expands to a third car, with Denny Hamlin driving the FedEx-sponsored Chevrolet. The delivery brand signed a mutiyear deal in 2021 extending what is one of the longest-tenured sponsor, team and driver combinations in the sport.


Announces that after 16 years with GM, JGR will switch to Toyota.


January: Retires as Redskins’ head coach and president.  

August: Forms JGRMX motorcycle racing team competing in the AMA motocross and supercross championship and managed by his son, Coy Gibbs.

September 5: Addresses the Republican National Convention, offering his support for John McCain and his hope that the McCain-Sarah Palin ticket would lead to a “spiritual awakening” in the United States. 


June: Releases “Game Plan for Life” book

September: The “Southern Discomfort” episode of MTV’s Nitro Circus airs, featuring a segment shot with Travis Pastrana at the JGR headquarters.


Bubba Wallace begins his NASCAR national series career, making six starts with JGR.


February 28: Teams up with Denny Hamlin in a TV spot for Hisense televisions.

March 22: After NASCAR driver Carl Edwards and Subway move from Roush Fenway Racing to JGR (giving Gibbs his fourth car), the sandwich maker airs a TV spot featuring Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, Edwards and Gibbs training hard in the gym. Since they’re being fueled by Subway’s Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki, they can all lift a massive amount of weight with just one arm.


Forms the Joe Gibbs Performance Management concentration of the Strayer University Bachelor of Business Administration


Gibbs’ son, J.D., a JGR co-owner and stock car driver, dies after a long battle with neurological brain disease.


January: Inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. 

November: After 13 years in the sport, JGR ceases its motocross team operation.


Announces that Bubba Wallace, now with 23XI Racing, will drive for JGR at Circuit of The Americas and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course races this season.

— Compiled by David Broughton

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