Joe Theismann
American football quarterback
Joe Theismann
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.
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Joe Theismann slams 49ers for giving Colin Kaepernick award: 'What did he inspire?'
LATimes - about 2 months
Colin Kaepernick received an award from the San Francisco 49ers last week, and former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann isn’t happy about it. Appearing on Fox News’ “Outnumbered” on Tuesday, Theismann questioned the 49ers players’ decision to choose Kaepernick as the recipient of the organization’s...
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House GOP reverses course on big changes to ethics panel
Fox News - about 2 months
Joe Theismann gives his take
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Scary injury: French gymnast Samir Ait Said snaps his leg on vault - USA TODAY
Google News - 7 months
USA TODAY Scary injury: French gymnast Samir Ait Said snaps his leg on vault USA TODAY RIO DE JANEIRO — French gymnast Samir Ait Said will now be remembered alongside Joe Theismann and Kevin Ware. Ait Said's left leg snapped on his vault landing, the sharp crack able to be heard throughout the arena. As he rolled over, clutching his ... Indian gymnast ready for 'vault of death'Daily Mail French gymnast breaks leg during vault landingCNN French gymnast breaks a leg competing in vaultLos Angeles Times The Inquisitr -People Magazine all 89 news articles »
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Joe Theismann rips Cam Newton for fumble, presser: 'He has to grow up'
Fox News - about 1 year
Joe Theismann rips Cam Newton for fumble, presser: 'He has to grow up'
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PenFed Campaign with Football Legends Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith & Joe Theismann Soars as Football Fans Win Prizes, Assess Their Finances and Salute Our Troops
Yahoo News - about 2 years
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) continues to team up with Professional Football Legends Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, and Joe Theismann as the PenFed PROMISE CARD CHALLENGE creates touchdowns and touch-points with football fans around the country. The Challenge provides opportunities to meet these legends, and win other football themed prizes that include signed jerseys and footballs, while also supporting Homes for Our Troops and Toys for Tots. The Promise Card Challenge, which lives online at , includes special events where fans interact with the former football stars, enter to win other unique prizes and giveaways, as well as learn more about the PenFed Promise Visa® Card. As part of the continuing campaign, football fans across America still have exciting opportunities to win a variety of prizes including signed jerseys and footballs from football legends Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, and Joe The ...
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Joe Theismann rates Peyton Manning's incredible season
Fox Business News - about 3 years
NFL legend on 'Fox & Friends'
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8 Luxury Gifts for the Holidays When Money Is No Object
The Street - about 3 years
SAN DIEGO (TheStreet) -- It's not exactly easy finding the perfect holiday gift for the people in your life. The decision-making becomes even more challenging, in some ways, when money is not a concern -- when you can choose from such things as treating someone to a flight on a vintage 1943 Curtiss P40 "Kittyhawk" or perhaps the opportunity to share a drink with NFL greats while watching the Super Bowl. If the local mall doesn't have the right gift for the people on your Christmas list, read on. We just might. 1. Royce Freedom Wallet from Royce Leather Do you know someone who's regularly losing their wallet? Don't almost all of us have that person in our lives? Twenty-year-old whiz kid Andrew Bauer has come up with a solution. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student has designed a wallet that's getting rave reviews from Glamour, the New York Daily News and the Los Angeles Times. The wallet, which retails for $99 and comes in men's and women's styles, comes with G ...
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Two Redskins Legends Weigh In On Name Controversy
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Two pro football Hall of Famers and Washington Redskins legends joined in on the Redskins name debate on Tuesday morning. Darrell Green and Art Monk, who played a combined 34 seasons with the Redskins, spoke with WTOP radio in Washington D.C. and said that the organization should consider changing the team name. "[If] Native Americans feel like Redskins or the Chiefs or [another] name is offensive to them, then who are we to say to them 'No, it's not'?" Monk said. Green agreed, saying a name change should be "seriously considered." Monk and Green's opinions are vastly different from former Redskins star and Hall of Famer, Joe Theismann, who weighed in on the name controversy back in June. "I was very proud to play for the Washington Redskins, and I did it to honor native people in that regard. I think sometimes people perceive words in their own particular way," Theismann said, via D.C. Sports Bog. "What happens, what Mr. Snyder decides to do is totally up to hi ...
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Joe Theismann thinks LeBron James might have a future in NFL - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 3 years
USA TODAY Joe Theismann thinks LeBron James might have a future in NFL Los Angeles Times LeBron James' career in the NBA seems to be going fine. He just won his fourth league MVP and he and the defending champion Miami Heat are just two wins away from their third straight appearance in the NBA Finals. But that's not stopping former NFL ... Theismann: LeBron James can be QBESPN NBA Rumors: LeBron James NFL Quarterback? Theismann Thinks Miami Heat ...Headlines & Global News Joe Theismann is ready to turn LeBron into a quarterbackUSA TODAY -NFL News all 29 news articles »
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Joe Theismann is ready to turn LeBron into a quarterback
USA Today - over 3 years
"I don't know if any humans look like him."
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Tony Potts: Kobe Bryant: Raw, Real and in Immense Pain Takes to Facebook to Vent at 3:30 a.m.
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
During my days as an amateur athlete and as a sports reporter and anchor, I have witnessed my fair share of injuries. Some gruesome, and some your run-of-the-mill ankle sprain. Ask any athlete and they will tell you that they know instantly when an injury is bad. You just know it in your bones. It hits you in your gut. Even if you don't see it, but hear it, you know. Often, if the angle is right when watching on TV, you know instantly. That was the case for me last night. I watched the Lakers game from the confines of the Fox Sports desk in Los Angeles. I had dropped in for a couple of days to host a few sportscasts. As soon as I saw Kobe go down, this was the third time of the night by the way, and I saw the look in his eyes, I knew it was bad. Kobe never shows resignation. There was resignation in his eyes. Kobe knew this was bad. I immediately said to my producer, Rod Cohen, this is very bad. Kobe had grimaced and hobbled after the two other hard falls earlier in th ...
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Injured Louisville Player Taken Into Surgery
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
INDIANAPOLIS -- A gruesome injury that left Louisville guard Kevin Ware with a broken leg plunged Lucas Oil Stadium into horrified silence, with coach Rick Pitino wiping away tears and shocked teammates openly weeping during Sunday's Midwest Regional final. Ware's right leg bent in such an awkward and frightening angle that CBS stopped showing replays shortly after the fall in the NCAA tournament matchup against Duke. He was taken into surgery at Methodist Hospital after the game to repair the fracture. Team officials said the leg was broken in two places. "The bone's 6 inches out of his leg and all he's yelling is, `Win the game, win the game,'" Pitino said. "I've not seen that in my life. ... Pretty special young man." Pitino said that he and his son, Richard, who recruited Ware, along with the team's equipment manager would stay in Indianapolis overnight so they could see Ware when he comes out of surgery. Viewers who watched the injury on TV reacted o ...
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Louisville Wins For Ware
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
INDIANAPOLIS — Crying and shaken by the sight of Kevin Ware writhing on the court, his right leg splintered, Rick Pitino and his Louisville players had no idea how they were going to pull it together with a half still left to play and a Final Four berth on the line. Ware showed them the way. "I don't think we could have gathered ourselves – I know I couldn't have – if Kevin didn't say over and over again, `Just go win the game,'" Pitino said. "I don't think we could have gone in the locker room with a loss after seeing that. We had to gather ourselves. We couldn't lose this game for him. "We just couldn't." With Russ Smith, Peyton Siva and Gorgui Dieng leading the way, the Cardinals finally shook off their grief early in the second half, erupting for a 13-2 run that Duke was powerless to answer. The 85-63 victory clinched a second straight trip to the Final Four for the top-seeded Cardinals, who are determined to win it all for Ware, a New York City native w ...
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49ers face Super Bowl losers' tough path
San Francisco Chronicle - almost 4 years
49ers face Super Bowl losers' tough path A few days after Super Bowl XVII in January 1983, Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann posed a delicate question to Dolphins defensive lineman Bob Baumhower as they hung out in Honolulu before the Pro Bowl. Losing a Super Bowl might be the football equivalent of a hot nail in the eye, but there can be something more excruciating awaiting the NFL's runner-up: the next season. In Super Bowl history, only two of the game's 46 losers have returned to win a title the following year. During the dry spell, seven Super Bowl losers returned to the game a year later, but many fell well short. Since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, 28 of 42 Super Bowl losers didn't win a playoff game the next season. A physical tollNBC analyst and former Bengals wide receiver Cris Collinsworth is intimately familiar with that tortured history. In 1983, the Bengals followed a Super Bowl loss to the 49ers by ending their season with a 27-point wild-card ...
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49ers are set to deal Smith to K.C.
San Francisco Chronicle - almost 4 years
49ers are set to deal Smith to K.C. Niners quarterback Alex Smith will be traded to the Chiefs when the league year begins March 12, a source close to Smith confirmed Wednesday. San Francisco will receive Kansas City's second-round pick in April's draft - No. 34 overall - and a conditional third-round pick in 2014, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The third-round pick would become a second-rounder if the Chiefs win a certain number of games in 2013. The reported compensation for Smith is higher than expected and a clear indication new Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, indeed, "really likes Alex," as ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer said before the Super Bowl. NFL Network analyst Joe Theismann highlighted Smith's relative youth - he'll be 29 in May - and recent track record, which includes 38 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a 95.1 rating in his past 32 games dating to 2010. Since 2011, Smith has a 20-6-1 (including playoffs) record as a starter, has directed six f ...
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Susan Silver: I'd Rather Stay Sick, Thanks
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The other day I was sick in bed and sort of channel surfing, letting the TV pass the time for me. Eyes were too runny to read! Okay, okay, I was just too lazy and feeling sorry for my cold and congested self. I noticed something that I'd sort of subliminally registered before but now it was made abundantly clear. Advertising of Medicines are plenty scary! You know all those ads with people of a 'certain age' running through fields, holding hands or otherwise flirting while the voice-over announcer sneaks in the stuff you really should be concentrating on! The Side Effects Here are a few examples of things that could happen while you are running through those fields or having sex because you now can, but do you even want to if these things could happen? Headaches, chest pain, dry mouth, breast enlargement in men... and these are merely the "common ones." Next come less common ones including: rashes, itching, incoordination (I didn't know that was even a word), ...
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Steven Kurlander: Lies, Hoaxes and Greed: America's Dopey Obsession With Sports
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
Columnist George Will, who has written a number of excellent books on baseball, once stated that, "Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence." These days, it seems just the opposite. It's really getting hard to distinguish the sports pages from local, national, or business news, or even the crime blotter of a newspaper. Professional sports in America nowadays reflect not the best, but the worst, of an American society that obsessively feeds on narcissism and immoral behavior that in turn governs an instantaneous, 24-7 news cycle where CNN, ESPN, and ET have all become one and alike. Even if you are not a sports fan, you can't but notice that lately our news is dominated by reports of doping, dishonesty and sex scandals, contentious labor negotiations, demands for public subsidies for new stadiums from rich owners and teams, and athletes and coaches committing immoral and criminal acts. That's hardly excellence. Instead, it's unquestionab ...
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USA Announces Winter Premiere Dates
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"White Collar" will be back during winter 2013. USA Network announced "White Collar," "Suits" and "Necessary Roughness" will return in January 2013. On Thursday, January 17 at 10 p.m. ET "Suits" returns with new episodes. The winter season will consist of six all-new episodes, wrapping up Season 2. Look for guest stars David Costabile, Aarti Mann, Amanda Schull, Elisabeth Howser, Adam Godley and Diane Neal to pop up. "White Collar" returns Tuesday, January 22 at 10 p.m. ET. Look for Neal (Matt Bomer) to continue to uncover secrets of his past and guest stars Diahann Carroll, Hilarie Burton and Jackson Rathbone to show up over the six new episodes. "Necessary Roughness" kicks off new episodes on Wednesday, January 23 at 10 p.m. ET. The show is back with five new episodes and guest stars Mark Cuban, Joe Theismann, Will Chase, Peter MacNicol, Jeff Nordling and Neil Hopkins.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joe Theismann
  • 2016
    Age 66
    Theismann's daughter, Amy, died on March 29, 2016 at the age of 43.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Theismann has acted as a national spokesman for several companies including Colonial Penn Life Insurance Company and for Super Beta Prostate.
  • 2011
    Age 61
    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.
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  • 2010
    Age 60
    He also co-hosted NFL games on NBC in 2010, and co-hosted NFL Network's No Huddle in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Theismann has occasionally acted, although most appearances are as himself or as himself in a fictional context. He does have several TV and movie appearances, including the B.J. and the Bear (1981), Cannonball Run II (1984) and The Man from Left Field (1993). More recently, Theismann appeared as himself as part as a buyer group for the fictional "New York Hawks" football team on the TV series Necessary Roughness (2013) and on the post-Super Bowl episode "Operation: Broken Feather" of Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2014). On September 5, 2014, Theismann was honored by the Ride of Fame as they christened a double decker sightseeing bus in Washington DC dedicated to him and his achievements.
    On September 6, 2010, NFL network announced that they had added Theismann to their Thursday Night Football broadcast crew alongside Bob Papa and Matt Millen.
    More Details Hide Details The grouping lasted one season.
    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".
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  • 2009
    Age 59
    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.
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  • 2007
    Age 57
    On March 26, 2007, ESPN announced that Ron Jaworski would replace Theismann in the Monday Night Football booth.
    More Details Hide Details Theismann rejected an offer to work on the network's college football coverage. He has since done a number of Washington Redskins pre-season games on CSN.
  • 1995
    Age 45
    His second marriage, to former Miss Connecticut and Miss America contestant Jeanne Caruso, ended in divorce after three years in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details Theismann was ordered to pay nearly $1 million of marital property and $3,500 a month in alimony. Theismann is currently married to the former Robin Smith, self described as “a country girl from Memphis.” They have homes in Virginia, Tennessee, and the Florida Panhandle. Theismann's son, Joseph W., pleaded guilty in 2002 to drug charges of dealing cocaine and possessing drug paraphernalia. He received a 10-year suspended prison term, was placed on five years of probation and fined. Theismann was inducted into the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1997.
  • 1989
    Age 39
    In addition to covering football, Theismann hosted the first half of the first season of American Gladiators in 1989.
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  • 1986
    Age 36
    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.
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  • 1985
    Age 35
    In 1985, Theismann helped call Super Bowl XIX for ABC alongside Frank Gifford and Don Meredith, becoming only the second player to do commentary on a Super Bowl telecast while still an active player at the time (the first was Jack Kemp when he helped call Super Bowl II for CBS).
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, the Redskins had been attempting to run a "flea-flicker" play. The Giants' defense, however, was not fooled, and they tried to blitz Theismann. As Taylor pulled Theismann down, Taylor's knee came down and drove straight into Theismann's lower right leg, fracturing both the tibia and the fibula. Giants linebackers Gary Reasons and Harry Carson then joined Taylor in the sack. "The pain was unbelievable, it snapped like a breadstick. It sounded like two muzzled gunshots off my left shoulder. Pow, pow!" Theismann said during a 2005 interview. "It was at that point, I also found out what a magnificent machine the human body is. Almost immediately, from the knee down, all the feeling was gone in my right leg. The endorphins had kicked in, and I was not in pain." As Theismann lay on the field, a horrified Taylor frantically screamed and waved for emergency medical technicians. Initially, however, many Redskins personnel thought Taylor's screaming and pointing directed at their sidelines was a taunt over the fact that he had successfully stopped their play. The Monday Night Football announcer team (composed of Frank Gifford, O. J. Simpson and Joe Namath) inferred from the start that Taylor was calling for help.
  • 1984
    Age 34
    Theismann and his first wife, the former Shari Brown, divorced in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details The couple have three children, Joe, Amy, and Patrick, who are now married. Soon thereafter, Theismann began a seven-year relationship with television personality Cathy Lee Crosby and at one point were engaged. Early in 1991, Crosby sued for $4.5 million, touching off a counter suit. The suits were settled several months later.
  • 1983
    Age 33
    He was named NFL MVP in 1983 by four organizations.
    More Details Hide Details He earned the Player of the Game Award in the second of his two Pro Bowl appearances. Theismann also punted once in his career, for one yard against the Chicago Bears. In an era when most quarterbacks had long since used variations of a double-bar facemask (or even triple-bar facemasks) that afforded more protection, Theismann refused to use anything but a one-bar face mask throughout his career.
  • 1978
    Age 28
    In 1978, Theismann became the Redskins' starting quarterback, succeeding Billy Kilmer.
    More Details Hide Details In, Theismann led the Redskins to their first championship in 40 years; against the Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII, he threw two touchdown passes and, with the Redskins trailing 17–13 in the third quarter, made arguably the most important defensive play of the game—after his pass was deflected by Dolphins lineman Kim Bokamper, causing what appeared to be an interception and sure touchdown (which would have given Miami a two-score lead and effectively taken MVP running back John Riggins out of the game), Theismann himself was able to knock the ball out of Bokamper's hands, keeping the score close enough for Washington to stick to the run-heavy strategy that would eventually lead to victory. He also led the team to an appearance in Super Bowl XVIII the following year, and would go on to set several Redskins franchise records, including most career passing attempts (3,602), most career passing completions (2,044) and most career passing yards (25,206), while also throwing 160 touchdown passes, with 138 interceptions. On the ground, he rushed for 1,815 yards and 17 touchdowns.
  • 1974
    Age 24
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Theismann left the CFL and joined the Redskins, where he served as the team's punt returner during his first season.
  • 1973
    Age 23
    During his last CFL season, 1973, 157 of his 274 passes were complete, for 2,496 yards and both 13 touchdowns and interceptions.
    More Details Hide Details He was an all-star in both 1971 and 1973.
  • 1972
    Age 22
    His 1972 season was shortened by injury, but he hit 77 of 127 passes for 1,157 yards and ten touchdowns.
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  • 1971
    Age 21
    In 1971, he completed 148 of 278 passes for 2,440 yards and 17 touchdowns (with 21 interceptions).
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details After prolonged negotiations with the Dolphins failed, Theismann elected to sign with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League for $50,000 per season. In his rookie year, Theismann quarterbacked the Argonauts to a 10–4 record, led the league's Eastern Conference in passing statistics and won a berth in the Grey Cup championship game in Vancouver, British Columbia versus the Calgary Stampeders (59th Grey Cup). A fumble late in the fourth quarter by Argonaut running back Leon McQuay close to the goal line cost the Argonauts what would have been their first Grey Cup victory since 1952.
  • 1970
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details As a starting quarterback, Theismann compiled a 20–3–2 record while throwing for 4,411 yards and 31 touchdowns. His 4,411 passing yards rank fifth on Notre Dame's career passing list. Theismann was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003. He was the eighth Notre Dame quarterback enshrined into the hall, joining former Heisman Trophy winners Angelo Bertelli, John Lujack, and Paul Hornung.
  • 1969
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The next year, the Irish had a 10–1 record, a number two ranking, and won against Texas in the 1971 Cotton Bowl Classic, 24–11. That year, Theismann was an All-American and an Academic All-American, and was in contention for the Heisman Trophy. Theismann, whose last name was actually pronounced "Theesman", recounted in 2007 that it was Notre Dame publicity man Roger Valdiserri who insisted that he change the pronunciation of his name to rhyme with "Heisman", but he finished second to Jim Plunkett of Stanford University. Theismann set school records for passing yards in a season (2,429) and touchdowns in a season (16).
  • 1949
    Born on September 9, 1949.
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