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‘Mr Average’ admits amazing life

They say those who can't do, teach.

It would not be fair to say Joe Gibbs couldn't do – he certainly had a successful college career as quarterback for San Diego State University. But it was in college Joe had to accept he was not good enough to play professional football.

"It dawned on me," he recounts in an I Am Second video, "this was not going to happen."

For a while at a loss for what to do, he decided he would transfer his love of sport to coaching. He recalls thinking he would spend the rest of his life going from school to school coaching kids, and he was truly excited about that.

Things did not quite work out that way for Joe, however. Soon he got an opportunity to coach at San Diego State, then moved to different colleges, and finally took on the job of coaching the Washington Redskins.

Over a dozen seasons of coaching, Joe led the team to eight playoff appearances, four championship titles, and three Super Bowl trophies. He was known for his long hours and hard work ethic – and it paid off.

After he retired in 1992 he turned his attention to car racing and won his team, Joe Gibbs Racing, four Sprint Cup championships.

He came back on with the Redskins in 2004 and remains on the team as a "special advisor" to owner Daniel Snyder.

Joe's success story is an inspiration to many, but he does not take any credit for his many wins. He sees his life and his career as a gift he was very undeserving of.

"Only through a miraculous set of circumstances did I get to coach in the National Football League," he tells Beliefnet.com

"I've been blessed beyond belief. Most people never get to live one dream. I've gotten to live two – NFL football and NASCAR."

Daniel Snyder and Joe Gibbs
Redskins owner Daniel Snyder (left) and former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs talk before the Washington Redskins play the Dallas Cowboys in 2015. (Photo John McDonnell/Getty Images)

Whom Joe credits for the life he considers himself honored to have lived for the past 76 years is God.

"I think God creates us and then wants us to do great things on earth," he says. "He wants us to live an abundant life."

Joe remembers giving his life to the Lord when he was just nine years old.

"The first big decision I had in life came when I was in the third grade at a small elementary school in Sand Hill, North Carolina," he says.

"I can remember in school being told that two amoeba happened to hit in a muddy puddle of water billions of years ago and I was the result.

"They were saying I was an accident. My grandmother had told me something completely different. In church, the pastor had told me something different, too – that there was a loving God who was all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-loving who knit me together in my mother's womb, who made me special and different.

"God put this whole world together and He wanted to have a personal relationship with me. So it was an easy decision.

"It's probably the decision almost every single one of us is going to make at some point," Joe continues. "Do you want to believe you are an accident?

"This world was created as marvelous as it is by a great and loving God. We can't find another world like this anywhere.

"My life wasn't an accident. I think God was preparing me. I can definitely tell you this – I didn't deserve any of it. I have been blessed by the Lord. I'm one of those very average people that God has allowed to enjoy some of the most exciting things in life."

To Joe, it seems obvious his life was full of God's blessing and provision. Because how does an average guy who was only an average college football player – somebody who thought he would never coach any higher than junior high school – wind up getting to coach the Washington Redskins to three Super Bowl wins?

"Are you kidding me?" Joe says. "It had to be God's hand."

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