Joe Theismann Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Birth NameJoseph Robert Theismann
Nickname The Squirmin' German
Height 5' 11¾" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Joe Theismann was born on September 9, 1949 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA as Joseph Robert Theismann. He is an actor, known for ESPN's Sunday Night Football (1987), Cannonball Run II (1984) and The Man with Bogart's Face (1980). He has been married to Robin Smith since 1996. He was previously married to Jeanne Caruso and Shari Brown.

Spouse (3)

Robin Smith (1996 - present)
Jeanne Caruso (26 May 1991 - 20 April 1995) ( divorced)
Shari Brown (5 December 1970 - 27 March 1985) ( divorced) ( 3 children)

Trivia (30)

Former quarterback for the Washington Redskins.
Chosen as one of the 70 greatest Washington Redskins (June 2002).
Played college football at Notre Dame. Originally pronounced his last name "THEES-man" until he enrolled, when Notre Dame's sports information department convinced him to change the pronunciation to rhyme with "Heisman." All during his senior season, they would promote him to sportswriters as "Theismann, as in Heisman!" in hopes that he would win enough votes for the Heisman Trophy.
NFL career ended in 1985 when linebacker Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants broke his leg on a sack during a nationally-televised NFL Monday Night Football (1970) game.
Was used as a punt returner at Notre Dame during his sophomore year, then took over at quarterback after seven games when starter Terry Hanratty was injured. Remained Notre Dame's starting quarterback until he graduated.
Finished second to Stanford's Jim Plunkett in the 1970 Heisman Trophy voting.
Still holds Notre Dame's single-game record for most passing yards with 526 against USC in 1970.
1982 NFL Man of the Year. Awarded for community service and excellence on the field.
1983 AP NFL MVP.
1983 AP Offensive Player of the Year.
MVP of 1984 Pro Bowl.
Washington Redskins All-Time Passing Yards Leader (25,206).
When he broke up with Cathy Lee Crosby after 7 years, she sued him for $4.5 million because he "abandoned his promise to financially support her." Theismann responded with a countersuit, ultimately leading to both settling out of court. According to her autobiography, Let the Magic Begin, when Theismann sued for half of her assets, Crosby declared bankruptcy to stop his litigation.
Tied for 47th with Ken O'Brien on NFL All-Time Passing Attempts List (3,602).
Ranks 42nd on NFL All-Time Pass Completions List (2,044).
Ranks 46th on NFL All-Time Gross Yards Passing List (25,206).
Ranks 51st on NFL All-Time Passing Touchdowns List (160).
Tied with Ed Brown, Daryle Lamonica and Bart Starr at 59th on NFL All-Time Passes Intercepted List (138).
Ranks 23rd on NFL All-Time Times Sacked List (340).
Ranks 16th on NFL All-Time Yards Lost List (2,757).
Ranks 55th on NFL All-Time Passer Rating List (77.37).
After negotiations failed with the Miami Dolphins, who drafted him in the fourth round in 1971, Theismann elected to play for the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League. He was the starting quarterback against the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII which he was victorious.
High School teammate of wide receiver Drew Pearson. Pearson would later play for the arch-rival Dallas Cowboys while Theismann played for the Redskins.
He graduated from South River High School in South River, New Jersey.
He was nominated for the 2008 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his services and contribution to Sports.
He was nominated for the 2010 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his services and contributions to Sports.
He was inducted into the 2011 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his services and contributions to Sports.
The Miami Dolphins drafted Theisman in the fourth round of the 1971 NFL college draft, the 99th overall player selected in the draft, and the third player drafted by Miami.
NFL Football Analyst for ESPN
Co-host, with Forbes Riley, of an infomercial for the "Barefoot Science" arch activation system. [2007]

Personal Quotes (1)

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

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