''We took the team down there after winning the Super Bowl and we were going over to the Rose Garden. Nate Fine, our photographer, had cancer so we took him into the Oval Office and President Reagan took some pictures in there with Nate. I'm standing around and I'm nervous and he walked over to me after he took a few pictures and he says, 'I played football. I played guard.' Then he said, 'I remember we're playing Lehigh and the guy across from me was 180 pounds. We start walking down the hall and I remember cross-blocking him on outside plays. I used to put my head to the side and legwhip him.' We go all the way down the hallway and he relates this football story to me all the way to the Garden where they had the presentation. That was the longest conversation I ever had with him.
''The only other time I was around him was at a prayer breakfast. I went down there and I'm waiting around and they put me in a room and no one was in there. There's a whole buffet of breakfast stuff. I picked up a piece of fruit and stuck it in my mouth and the door flies open and they shoved in Mr. and Mrs. Reagan. And it's just me. I look around and what are you going to do. It's you and the President and the First Lady. I remember turning around and looking for someone else to help me and I started off by saying something like, 'Nice weather.' And she had that look like, 'Who is this dodo?'
''But here's someone who really had a great feeling for team. A lot of the comments I heard said was that even though he disagreed with someone he didn't destroy the relationship. He was a good team guy. He liked sports and he had the feeling of what it was like to play on a team.
''The other thing is that he really had guts. He made a lot of decisions that no one thought was right and he'd stick with it. He did change the face of the world. It's a sad thing to lose someone like that.''
Joe Gibbs on President Reagan
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