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Alex Gibbs, an offensive line coach for both the University of Georgia and the Falcons during several stops in a long career in football, died Monday from complications from a stroke. He was 80.

 

The announcement was made by the Broncos, the team Gibbs spent much of his career directing the zone-blocking scheme. He was surrounded by family in his home in Phoenix, according to the team.

 

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Alex Gibbs, who had a profound impact on the Denver Broncos and the National Football League as an offensive line coach,” the Broncos said in a statement. “During his 14 years with the Broncos, Coach Gibbs left a lasting legacy on this league with his innovative blocking schemes and outstanding teaching ability. He helped the Broncos to Super Bowls during three different decades—including back-to-back world championships — while forging a reputation as one of the greatest assistant coaches in NFL history.

 

“Our hearts go out to Alex’s wife, Trina, and the entire Gibbs family as well as Alex’s many former players and fellow coaches.”

Gibbs was the offensive line coach at Georgia from 1982-83, as one of seven stops in the college ranks. He coaching career began as the head coach of Mount Airy (N.C.) in 1968.

 

 

Gibbs left Georgia for the NFL and his first of three stint with the Broncos, including his last as a consultant in 2013. He coached with the Falcons in 2004 as assistant head coach/offensive line coach and 2005 and 2006 as offensive line consultant. He also coached offensive line for the Raiders, Chargers, Colts, Chiefs, Texans and Seahawks. He won back-to-back Super Bowls with the Broncos.

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Sorry to see that Coach Gibbs has passed at 80 from stroke complications. Patriarch of the zone blocking scheme and with the Falcons from 2004 - 2006. I remember hearing that on the first day of camp, he approached the receiver group and said: "If you don't block you're not going to f***ing play"! RIP Sir.

GO FALCONS!!!!

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5 hours ago, MarkMc44 said:

Sorry to see that Coach Gibbs has passed at 80 from stroke complications. Patriarch of the zone blocking scheme and with the Falcons from 2004 - 2006. I remember hearing that on the first day of camp, he approached the receiver group and said: "If you don't block you're not going to f***ing play"! RIP Sir.

GO FALCONS!!!!

If this post has a weird slant, it was an original post. I'm afraid I got grouped in. All good! GO FALCONS!!!!

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4 hours ago, g-dawg said:

he's better off dying.   Watched my dad become an invalid the last two years of his life from stroke.   Glad God took him on the front end.

This. Had an uncle who was permanently paralyzed on one side of his body and had very slurred and stuttered speech from a stroke he had in his early years. I always felt so bad for him. He died having another stroke and a heart attack following seconds after. 

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5 hours ago, g-dawg said:

he's better off dying.   Watched my dad become an invalid the last two years of his life from stroke.   Glad God took him on the front end.

Sorry to hear that man. My dad had a stroke a few years back but he got medical attention quickly and really doesn't have much other than lackbof depth perception when using his left hand, and slight memory loss. We are all very grateful to God that he has survived a heartattack and stroke with almost no permanent damage. He's in the best shape of his life now. Down from 260 to 195. He's still strong as **** for a 75 year old man.

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