Monday, July 21, 2008

Thank You Don Breaux

Partners in crime and commode flushing

Don Breaux retired from the Redskins and football last week after 27 years coaching in the NFL. Don has a heart condition and is 67 years old, my friend take it easy and get out on that boat or on that deck or in that easy chair, what ever suits your retirement self.

Don was a quarterback with the Chargers and Broncos in 1963 and 1965 respectively, back in AFL days. He got his coaching start with the Jets in 1972 and joined rookie head coach Joe Gibbs' staff in 1981.

He was with Joe Gibbs the whole way, both times. Don was running backs coach for the Redskins in his and Joe's first stint ending in 1993, the period that produced John Riggins, Joe Washington, George Rogers, Earnest Byner and Gerald Riggs. The Redskins won three Super Bowls during that period.

When Joe came back to the Redskins in 2004 he brought Don with him, Don was offensive coordinator even though Joe and later Al Saunders called the plays. He was set to stay on board with rookie head coach Jim Zorn's staff before deciding the retired life is better for him. Even so, Don was at Redskins Park yesterday for the start of camp, can't keep himself away.

From the entire staff of The Curly R, thank you Don Breaux for your contribution to Redskins football. Go enjoy yourself.

Don Breaux and Joe Gibbs from September 2004: Doug Pensinger / Getty Images from here via here.