Former Bloomfield High School head football coach Bobby Gibson was sworn in Friday as the newest state legislator.
Gibson gathered with family and friends at the historic Hall of the House at the state Capitol in Hartford for a brief swearing-in ceremony with House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz and others.
After being sworn in, Gibson said in a brief speech that he had been advised not to become a state legislator.
“No matter what happens in your life, never lose faith — because that is the most important thing,’’ Gibson told the crowd. “Whatever your belief is. … Never lose faith, and also, never let someone tell you that you can’t do it because little be known, I was told that if I was to do this, it wouldn’t turn out right. I was told not to do this. If I listened to that, I wouldn’t be here right now.’’
Gibson, 51, said his family has always stood by him in tough times. During the campaign, one of the issues was Gibson’s arrest for driving under the influence after police said he was pulled over early in the morning of Nov. 16 for driving without his headlights on. A test later showed that his blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit, police said. Gibson apologized, and less than two months later, he defeated 77-year-old former state treasurer Joseph Suggs in a special election.
Gibson and Aresimowicz have common interests as successful coaches in football. Gibson said he coached at Bloomfield from 1992 through 2004 during the careers of future National Football League players Andrew Pinnock and Dwight Freeney, a Super Bowl champion and seven-time Pro Bowl selection. Gibson’s head coaching record at Bloomfield was 32-12-1, including state championships in 2001 and 2003, along with reaching the state semifinals in 2002. His teams won CCC West championships in 2001 and 2002.
Besides his legislative duties, Aresimowicz is currently the head coach of Berlin High School’s team.