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Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann.
Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann.

Joe Theismann (born September 9, 1949) is a former American football quarterback and current television football announcer. September 9 is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years). ... 1949 is a common year starting on Saturday. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... The quarterback is a position in the offensive backfield of American and Canadian football, directly behind players of the line. He is generally the leader of the offensive team when it is on the field, responsible for initiating play by receiving the snap of the ball from the center. ...

A graduate of Notre Dame and runner-up for the 1970 Heisman Trophy (he was so obsessed with winning the award he changed the official pronunciation of his last name to rhyme with "Heisman,") Theismann was selected in the fourth round by the Miami Dolphins in the 1971 NFL Draft. In addition, Theismann was also selected by the Minnesota Twins in that year's Major League Baseball draft as a shortstop. However, instead of playing for the Dolphins, he elected to play for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. He would eventually make his NFL debut with the Washington Redskins in 1974, where he voluntarily spent his first two seasons as a punt returner. In 1978, he would become their starting quarterback. Not to be confused with the University of Notre Dame Australia The University of Notre Dame is a leading Roman Catholic institution of higher learning, named for and consecrated under the patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary. ... 1970 was a common year starting on Thursday. ... The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award, considered the most prestigious award in American college football, is given annually to the top player in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1971 is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... The NFL draft is an annual event in which National Football League franchises take turns selecting amateur football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The Minnesota Twins are a Major League Baseball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... Draft of players to play in Major League Baseball. ... The position of the shortstop A shortstop moves to his left, toward the center of the field, to play a ground ball Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and third base. ... The Toronto Argonauts are a Canadian Football League team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... The Canadian Football League (CFL; French: Ligue Canadienne de Football) is a professional league located entirely in Canada that plays Canadian football. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... Conference NFC Division East Year Founded 1932 Home Field FedEx Field City Landover, Maryland Team Colors Burgundy and Gold Head Coach Joe Gibbs League Championships (5) NFL Champions: 1937, 1942 Super Bowl: 1982 (XVII), 1987 (XXII), 1991 (XXVI) Conference Championships (5) NFC: 1972, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1991 Division Championships (12... 1974 is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... A punt is a play in Canadian football and American football in which the football is kicked downfield to the opposing team. ... 1978 was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ...

As a quarterback, Theismann would 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). He would also help lead the Redskins to a win in Super Bowl XVII and an appearance in Super Bowl XVIII. He was the 1983 NFL MVP and played in two Pro Bowl games, earning an MVP award in his second game. Date January 30, 1983 Stadium Rose Bowl Stadium City Pasadena, California Attendance 103,667 MVP John Riggins, Running back National Anthem Leslie Esterbrook Coin Toss Elroy Hirsch Halftime Show Bob Jani Productions presents KaleidoSUPERscope with the Los Angeles Super Drill Team U.S. TV Network NBC Announcers Dick Enberg and... Date January 22, 1984 Stadium Tampa Stadium City Tampa, Florida Attendance 72,920 MVP Marcus Allen, Running back National Anthem Barry Manilow Coin Toss Bronko Nagurski Halftime Show Salute to Superstars of the Silver Screen with the University of Florida and Florida State University Bands U.S. TV Network CBS... 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In American sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues All-Star game. ...

In an era when most quarterbacks had long since used variations of a double-bar facemask, Theismann refused to use anything but a single bar facemask throughout his career as not to obstruct his vision.

His career would end with a gruesome broken leg suffered during a sack by linebacker Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants during a Monday Night Football game in 1985. In American football and Canadian football, a quarterback sack occurs when the quarterback is tackled behind the line of scrimmage before he can throw a forward pass. ... Lawrence Julius Taylor (born February 4, 1959, in Williamsburg, Virginia) is a retired Hall of Fame American Football linebacker for the NFL New York Giants. ... Conference NFC Division East Year Founded 1925 Home Field Giants Stadium City East Rutherford, New Jersey Team Colors Blue, Red, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin League Championships (6) NFL Champions: 1927, 1934, 1938, 1956 Super Bowl: 1986 (XXI), 1990 (XXV) Conference Championships (9) NFL Eastern: 1956, 1958, 1959, 1961... Commemorative Monday Night Football U.S. postage stamp Monday Night Football is a television broadcast of one of the premier National Football League games of the week. ... 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Theismann also was once called upon to punt in an emergency. Due to his inexperience, the punt went one yard, leaving him with one of the worst punts in NFL history.

Theismann currently works as a color commentator on ESPN's Sunday night NFL telecasts. In 2005, ESPN announced that Theismann would be joining Al Michaels on Monday Night Football telecasts beginning the following season. A color (or colour) commentator is a member of the broadcasting team for a sporting event who assists the play-by-play announcer by filling in any time when play is not in progress. ... ESPN, formerly an abbreviation of Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... Alan Richard Michaels (born November 12, 1944 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American television sportscaster. ...

  Results from FactBites:
Joe Theismann - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (711 words)
Joe Theismann (born September 9, 1949) is a former American football quarterback and current television football announcer for ESPN.
He played football for the University of Notre Dame and was a runner-up in the 1970 Heisman Trophy voting which went to Jim Plunkett of Stanford University.
Joe Theismann was selected in the fourth round by the Miami Dolphins in the 1971 NFL Draft, as well as Major League Baseball's Minnesota Twins as a shortstop in that year's Major League Baseball draft.
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