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Jacoby enjoying life after football

April 16, 2004|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

From his previous days as one of the Washington Redskins' fabled "Hogs" to his current days as the owner of a car dealership and a loving father of two athletically gifted daughters, Joe Jacoby has lived by the same motto.

"Enjoy your life," Jacoby said. "There are going to be bumps in the road, and you have to have faith in your ability and the talent God has given you."

Jacoby made an appearance at the Four Points Sheraton in Hagerstown Thursday for the Boys and Girls Club's 14th annual Steak & Burger Dinner.

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Standing 6-feet-7, it's not hard to understand how Jacoby became a staple of the Redskins' offensive line in the 1980s and early '90s - during which, under coach Joe Gibbs, Washington won all three of its Super Bowl titles.

After a 13-year NFL career, including four straight trips to the Pro Bowl in the mid-'80s, Jacoby is deep into another phase of his life as the owner of Joe Jacoby Jeep Chrysler in Warrenton, Va. It's a phase in which Jacoby calls on some of the lessons learned playing football.

"The stuff going through your football life teaches you how to get through the tough times and work your way through it," Jacoby said.

When Jacoby isn't busy with his business, he's spending time with his daughters.

"I have two girls and they are both competitive swimmers," Jacoby said. "I'm involved in their meets and traveling with them."

As far as football - and specifically the Redskins - goes, Jacoby isn't interested in getting involved directly, saying he is "a fan like anyone else. The only difference is I have a relationship with the coaching staff."

The return of Joe Gibbs to Washington this year has sparked a renewed enthusiasm among Redskins fans past and present as well as the players Jacoby lined up with on many Sundays.

"(His hiring) brings excitement and hope because of what he did here his first 12 years," Jacoby said. "The excitement (of the fans) is the same as the guys in the area who have played for Joe. They know what he brings to the organization."

What does Gibbs bring?

"What's going to rub off is his organization," Jacoby said. "He'll know everyone on the team, their strengths and weaknesses and will have them believing in what they can do."

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