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Joe Theismann


Joseph Robert Theismann

Inducted 2003

Date of Birth



New Brunswick, NJ


University of Notre Dame (1968-1970)


When first seeing 5-10, 147 pound Joe Theismann, one of Notre Dame's assistant coaches remarked that he was looking at the team's new water boy rather than a quarterback. As a sophomore, he became the team's starter late in the season after Terry Hanratty was lost to an injury. In three games, he led the Irish to two wins and a tie which came against undefeated Southern California. In 1969, he led the Irish to a number five ranking, their first bowl appearance, and a near upset of national champion Texas. The next year, the Irish had a 10-1 record, a number two ranking and a revenge win over top-ranked Texas. Theismann was the runner-up in the Heisman voting and was recognized as a first-team All-America and as an Academic All-America. As a starting quarterback, he compiled a 20-3-2 record while throwing for 4,411 yards and 31 touchdowns. Joe set school records for passing yards in a game (526), yards in a season (2,429), and touchdowns in a season (16). Theismann had a 15-year professional career, 12 of which were spent with the Washington Redskins. In 1982, he led the Redskins to a Super Bowl victory. The next year he became the league's MVP. Upon retirement, he became a successful businessman and sportscaster.


Height 6'0

Weight 192

Career Highlights

  • 1970 Academic All-America
  • 1970 First Team All-America
  • 1970 Heisman - Second
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