For Joe Gibbs, NASCAR Hall just as big as football

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Joe Gibbs is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame for winning three Super Bowl titles as a coach. Maybe someday he'll make it a double with the new NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Although the car owner said that's "probably a long ways off," Gibbs insisted Tuesday's opening of the stock car racing shrine in his home state means just as much as his football honor.

"I've never been able to separate them," Gibbs said. "Obviously, with this one you get my family being a part of it. Having it here, for us it's a big family deal. That's a big part of my feelings toward this sport and this town.

"The other thing is being a part of the NFL thing is a thrill, because it's a whole different area for me because over there I was more of the technical guy."

Before embarking on building Joe Gibbs Racing, Gibbs guided the Washington Redskins to four Super Bowls, winning three. He was voted into the football hall in 1996.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.