It’s an honor to honor Jake Gibbs

Published 10:49 am Friday, September 1, 2017

Jake Gibbs is both our friend and hero so we could not be more pleased with the Jake Gibbs Letterwinner Walk opening at Ole Miss.

The new Letterwinner Walk outside of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium that will appropriately honor Gibbs with his name will be dedicated this afternoon in a ceremony. The walk will include the etched names of all who worked hard enough in Rebel uniforms to earn a proud letter.

Some are known stars, like Gibbs, others are known only by family and friends. But will be honored on a stroll that is represented by our hometown hero, Jake.

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Originally from Grenada, Gibbs was a two-sport from 1958-60 and led Ole Miss to a national title as quarterback. He finished third in Heisman Trophy voting but was so stellar in baseball that he ended up playing a decade with the New York Yankees.

Gibbs returned to Ole Miss as its head baseball coach and promptly led the Rebels to the College World Series.

Of course.

But we love Jake Gibbs as a friend because he is truly one of the finest people in our community, someone who loves all and is accessible and upbeat and pretends that he isn’t a big deal at all.