That’s former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs addressing a group of NFL rookies in Bradenton, Florida, about the dangers of poor financial management. Gibbs himself made some financial missteps earlier in his career (which he covers at length in his autobiography), and — following his second coaching stint — decided to do something to prevent newly-wealthy draftees from making similar errors.
And, according to a USA Today story by Nate Davis, Gibbs tried out his theory on the Redskins before taking the show to Florida.
Even in retirement – Gibbs stepped down from his second stint with the Redskins after the 2007 season – he remained bothered that so many players were flirting with fiscal ruin. So he reached out to Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and head coach Mike Shanahan last year and married them up with his associates at Strayer University, people who were financially linked to his NASCAR teams.
Gibbs thought their money-managing acumen could help the Washington players.
“We did kind of a pilot study with the Redskins,” he says. “I really felt like the guys that participated really, really benefited. They were really excited about it. Having seen that, I starting thinking, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we could take this throughout the league.'”
The seminar in Florida represents the start of that process.
Some other interesting links, including Gibbs’s thoughts on the 2011 Redskins:
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Intern Ryan gets his introduction to the internet meme known as planking, via Redskins fifth-round draft choice Niles Paul.
After Niles Paul tweeted and then retweeted some pictures of himself (and possibly some others) “planking” last night, I figured it was pretty hilarious and ought to be shown to the rest of Redskins Nation who may not have a Twitter account or don’t follow Paul in the Twitter World.
For those who don’t know what planking is … well, neither did I when I first stumbled upon these pictures. Below, various professional athletes offer some background information on the internet phenomenon, and here’s some deeper background in a story from the BBC.
I’m not a professional “planker” and don’t have the ability to just the quality of an established plank position, but here are two photos of Paul planking, via Dominique Lashun’s twitter feed. So check out the following photos and enjoy the extreme plankage going on.
People are planking on top of cars, basketball hoops, countertops and chairs, and Paul even retweeted a picture of someone underneath water. I’m no rocket scientist, but this is definitely getting out of control.
But some feel there’s no reason to stop with just one person. Go gather the whole neighborhood for a planking party! (via a retweet by Redskins defensive lineman Darrion Scott)
And by the way, I wasn’t the only one confused with the whole idea of planking. As I was writing this blog, I noticed several other athletes, including some Redskins, getting themselves involved in the world of planking on Twitter.
Here’s NBA player and DC native Kevin Durant:
And Anthony Armstrong:
And finally here’s Scott tried helping him out:
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