Joe Gibbs, a member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame (class of 1996), and owner of the Job Gibbs Racing Team, is no doubt looking forward to this weekend’s Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500. However, just over 150 miles from Daytona, another member of the Gibbs family is preparing for competition – Jackson Gibbs.
Jackson is the grandson of Joe, and naturally, he has a passion for football. The younger Gibbs, an eighth-grader from North Carolina, has been training with the IMG Academy’s football program, led by former Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke, this week to work on his quarterback skills.
“It’s pretty awesome to get to work with a Heisman trophy winner. Not everyone gets to do this. It’s really something special,” Jackson stated. “I really like the experience. It’s got great facilities, great people, and great food. I’m really enjoying it.”
While training at IMG Academy Jackson is working on his form and mechanics.
Jackson added, “My grandfather said just have fun, do what the coaches tell you, and learn some new things.”
His grandfather’s advice should resonate. Joe Gibbs was enshrined in the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 1996 after winning three Super Bowls with three different starting quarterbacks (1982, 1987, 1991). Now, Joe focuses on his other passion, NASCAR, as the owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, which has tallied three NASCAR Sprint Cup championships (2000, 2002, 2005).
Like his grandfather, Jackson loves NASCAR. He even mentioned that he would be a driver if his parents would let him. Once he wraps up his training, Jackson will attend the Daytona 500 with his father, J.D., and grandfather to cheer on the No. 11, 18 and 20 cars this weekend.