Get Well Soon, Don
Don Breaux is impossible not to like. He has a great temperament, a wonderful way of speaking with a Louisiana twang, and a caring, grandfatherly nature. He's as close a Gibbs confidant as there is, and his words carry a great weight with the man running the show, but Coach Breaux goes generally overlooked around here, which is perfectly fine with him.
And I like it, too, because he's always accessible while media brethren scamper elsewhere. There's nary a story on Gibbs or the offense I write without running some stuff by him, but I'm not sure I've ever seen any of the legion of television cameras out here ever turn his way.
This week that might change when Don returns from the hospital following a hernia operation. I look forward to catching up with him and hope he's feeling as well as could be expected under the circumstances.
When I first got this job in the winter of 2004, and started hanging out at The Park during the dull days, looking to make my introductions to the coaches, I enjoyed each conversation. But Don in particular could not have been more welcoming. We spent as much of that first conversation talking me as we did Coach Gibbs and the staff here, and that's because Don wouldn't let me get a question in. He was generally interested in my background, where I'd worked, which teams I'd covered, where I went to school.
It was a little daunting trying to make inroads with such a big and distinguished staff, and we great to know that right away someone knew my name, a little something about, and thought I was probably an alright kid. It's fun talking to Don about anything - he did some spear fishing this summer during a large family vacation in The Keys, for instance - and I still have to get him to his first NHL game at some point. I promised a while back. Maybe at the least I could shoot him over to the rink in Ashburn for a Caps scrimmage when they start training camp out here in the next few weeks.
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