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Joe Theismann

Joe Theismann


9/9/1949, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

Birth Name

Joseph Robert Theismann


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Joe Theismann (Joseph Robert Theismann) was born on September 9, 1949 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. After going to high school at South River (NJ), Theismann attended the University of Notre Dame. Theismann made his professional debut in the NFL in 1974 with the Washington Redskins. He played…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • He was chosen as one of the 70 greatest Washington Redskins.

    • He finished second in the 1970 Heisman Trophy voting.

    • He had three children with Shari Brown, then married Jeanne Caruso, and is currently married to Robin Smith.

    • He is listed at 6 feet.

    • His nickname was The Squirmin' German.

    • Before taking on the co-hosting duties for the first season of American Gladiators (1989), Joe Thiesmann was once a quarterback for Notre Dame, Thiesmann went on to play for the NFL, leading the Washington Redskins to victory in Super Bowl XVII. Named the league's MVP, Theismann's career on the field was cut short due to an injury sustained during a Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants. He then moved into the booth to provide commentary for Monday Night Football and Superbowl XIX. In 2003, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

    • Joe Theismann was named the NFL's Pro Bowl MVP in 1983.

    • Joe Theismann was named Offensive Player of the Year for 1983 by the Associated Press.

  • Quotes

    • Joe Theismann: Nobody in the game of football should be called a genius. A genius is somebody like Norman Einstein.

    • (Referencing his coach at Notre Dame, the famous Ara Parseghian)
      Joe Theismann: You need to understand: When I got to college, I wasn't sitting down with a coach - I was sitting down with Ara Parseghian. I wasn't playing college football - I was playing at Notre Dame. For some reason, that has stayed with me forever. I played for a very special man at a very special time.

    • Joe Theismann: Rugby is great. The players don't wear helmets or padding; they just beat the living daylights out of each other and then go for a beer. I love that.

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