Joe Theismann

Football Quarterback
Born Sep 9, 1949

Joseph Robert "Joe" Theismann is a former quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) and Canadian Football League (CFL). He achieved his most enduring fame in his 12 seasons playing for the Washington Redskins, where he was a two-time Pro Bowler and quarterback of the winning team in Super Bowl XVII. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003. Following his retirement from football, Theismann began a career as a sportscaster.… Read More

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1949 Birth Born on September 9, 1949.


1969 19 Years Old In 1969, Theismann led the Irish to a number five ranking, but lost to the University of Texas in the 1970 Cotton Bowl Classic, 21–17. … Read More


1970 20 Years Old He also set a school record for passing yards in a game (526) and completions in a game (33) while playing against the University of Southern California in a torrential downpour in 1970, which they lost 38–28. … Read More
1971 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Theismann was selected in the fourth round of the 1971 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins and in the 39th round of the 1971 Major League Baseball Draft by the Minnesota Twins. … Read More
1972 22 Years Old His 1972 season was shortened by injury, but he hit 77 of 127 passes for 1,157 yards and ten touchdowns.
1973 23 Years Old During his last CFL season, 1973, 157 of his 274 passes were complete, for 2,496 yards and both 13 touchdowns and interceptions. … Read More
1974 24 Years Old In 1974, the National Football League's Washington Redskins obtained Theismann's rights from the Dolphins in exchange for the team's first-round draft pick in 1976 (the Dolphins selected linebacker Larry Gordon with the pick). … Read More
1978 28 Years Old In 1978, Theismann became the Redskins' starting quarterback, succeeding Billy Kilmer. … Read More


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1985 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Theismann's career ended on November 18, 1985, when he suffered a comminuted compound fracture of his leg while being sacked by New York Giants linebackers Lawrence Taylor and Harry Carson during a Monday Night Football game telecast by ABC from RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The injury was voted the NFL's "Most Shocking Moment in History" by viewers in an ESPN poll, and the tackle was dubbed "The Hit That No One Who Saw It Can Ever Forget" by The Washington Post. … Read More
1986 36 Years Old Theismann served as a color commentator on regional CBS NFL coverage in 1986 and 1987, then worked on ESPN's Sunday Night Football telecasts from 1988 to 2005, and on their Monday Night Football coverage in 2006.
1989 39 Years Old In addition to covering football, Theismann hosted the first half of the first season of American Gladiators in 1989.


1995 45 Years Old His second marriage, to former Miss Connecticut and Miss America contestant Jeanne Caruso, ended in divorce after three years in 1995. … Read More


2007 57 Years Old On March 26, 2007, ESPN announced that Ron Jaworski would replace Theismann in the Monday Night Football booth. … Read More
2009 59 Years Old On September 16, 2009, the NFL Network announced that Theismann would analyze game films on the show Playbook, airing Thursday and Friday nights at 6 p.m. … Read More


On August 19, 2010, head coach Jay Gruden of the UFL's Florida Tuskers "confirmed that Theismann introduced himself to the Tuskers as the team's new part owner".
2011 61 Years Old Theismann expressed disappointment at the way he was treated during his time in the league and left the team when it was folded into the Virginia Destroyers in January 2011.
2016 66 Years Old 1 More Event
His latest acting appearance was on a 2016 Hallmark movie entitled, "Love on the Sidelines" where he appeared as the father of an injured pro football player. … Read More
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