When rumors circulated that Joe Gibbs had given the Dallas Cowboys a pregame pep talk this past weekend, it drew the ire of the most passionate Redskins fans. But the rumors had been exaggerated, and what was storied as a pep talk was actually a religious testimony, and Gibbs went on ESPN 980’s Inside the Locker Room to clear the air.
“I want to explain,” Gibbs started. “It was a chapel service, and Jonathan Evans and Tony Evans – Tony wrote one of the chapters in my book – and he was on about playing life the way God wants you to play life. I was there, it was a chapel service, and the guys invited me to the chapel and I gave my testimony.
“I talked about the Lord,” he continued. “I did not talk anything about pep talks or football. So I just wanted to clarify that because I am getting a few emails and stuff in here. I want all the Redskins fans to know, hey, look, I’m Redskins all the way and all I was doing was a chapel service.”
Then, Doc Walker jumped in to back Gibbs up.
“If you had talked to them about a pep talk, they’re not playing the Redskins,” Walker said. “At this point you do a lot of motivational speaking, you do different things. I don’t see anything wrong with it. I would tell those people who are complaining to get a life. This is what you do.”
Gibbs disagreed. “I would see something wrong with that ‘cause I don’t want to do that,” he said. “I’m a Redskin.”
So there you have it. Easy explanation, no one sold out, and Gibbs got out of this without having to trash the Cowboys to save face.
Walker, however, went for the jugular.
“For you to go down and deal with that group of sinners, and try to spread the Lord to them, I expect you to do that,” Walker said of the Cowboys. “I mean, I’d do the same thing, Coach. I’ve got some of them, I’m around. I love them to death but they need help. They need help, Joe.
“You spread the word, even if you have to go into the cesspool of life.”
Man, do these guys know their audience, or what?