JD Gibbs, co-founder of JGR, dies at 49

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports - As­so­ci­ated Press

Joe Gibbs Rac­ing says co-founder J.D. Gibbs, the el­dest son of team owner and Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs, has died. He was 49.

The team an­nounced J.D. Gibbs’ death on Satur­day, say­ing he passed from com­pli­ca­tions fol­low­ing a long bat­tle with a de­gen­er­a­tive neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­ease. It was re­vealed in 2015 that he was deal­ing with “con­di­tions re­lated to brain func­tion.” He was serv­ing as pres­i­dent of JGR at the time.

Ja­son Dean Gibbs later served as co-chair­man of JGR. Be­fore step­ping into J.D. Gibbs a man­age­ment role, he was an over-the-wall crew mem­ber and a part-time driver. He made 13 NASCAR na­tional se­ries starts be­tween 1998 and 2002.

Gibbs played de­fen­sive back and quar­ter­back at Wil­liam & Mary from 1987-90 while his fa­ther coached the NFL fran­chise in Wash­ing­ton, a team he led to three Su­per Bowl ti­tles.

Wash­ing­ton owner Dan Sny­der and wife Tanya say they are “heartbroken for the J.D. Gibbs fam­ily” and “for any­one who had the honor and priv­i­lege to know J.D., he was in­stantly rec­og­nized as a cham­pion in life and sports.”

Gibbs is sur­vived by wife Melissa and four boys.

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