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Joe Theismann

Former Star Quarterback, Washington Redskins; Broadcaster; Entrepreneur

Voted the NFL’s Most Valuable Player, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and twice named both the Pro Bowl’s Most Valuable Player and the NFL’s Man of the Year, Theismann led his team to the Super Bowl XVII championship. Losing his successful football career at 35 to a serious injury, Joe Theismann learned firsthand how to think, analyze and reinvent in the face of adversity and change. Known for his long-standing community service efforts, Theismann currently sits on the Sports Advisory Board of the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Theismann was an Emmy award-winning analyst for two decades on ESPN’s critically acclaimed, Sunday Night and Monday Night NFL broadcasts.

The most successful quarterback in the history of the Washington Redskins, Theismann is also a world-class entrepreneur whose positive, high-energy presentation provides audiences with strategies for handling trying circumstances and dealing with unforeseen change. A successful businessman who currently serves on the board of directors of Johnny Rocket’s Group, he challenges audiences to recognize the potential that lies within—as individuals and as members of a team.

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In his charismatic and entertaining style, Joe Theismann draws parallels between his successful career as an NFL quarterback and YOU—the executive, manager, salesperson, group, or individual—with the goal of Managing to Win! He knows and understands that good management and effective leadership is not a game of follow the leader: It is about PEOPLE—listening to them… trusting them… and motivating individuals to take ownership of team goals. By example, Joe Theismann shows that an effective leader cares about and trusts subordinates and demonstrates it by empowering individuals to take risks in order to perform above levels that have become comfortable.

This dynamic presentation outlines the game plan that brought Joe Theismann success both on and off the football field. Former NFL MVP quarterback and Super Bowl champion, he reveals his Game Plan for Success by drawing parallels between winning in football and in business. Joe Theismann focuses on how to succeed under pressure—when it’s “4th and 1″—and how to adapt quickly to unexpected situations—when you’re faced with a “blitz” instead of a “zone.” He urges individuals and organizations to set goals and correct errors each step of the way, an approach that builds momentum, which, once on your side, would be hard for even the best “defense” to stop!

Drawing from personal experience, Joe Theismann knows how to deal with the Challenge of Change. On November 18, 1985, he was on top of his game—a two-time Pro Bowl player and the most productive quarterback in the history of the Washington Redskins. Later that evening, he found himself in a hospital bed with a compound fracture to his leg, shattering both his career and his boyhood dream. At age thirty-five, he was faced with starting over his personal life and professional career. In this stirring presentation, individuals and organizations learn how to tackle change by keeping a positive mental outlook and committing to a vision that guides you to the top.


Joe Theismann is an entrepreneur and the former star quarterback for the Washington Redskins. Most recently, he spent the last decade working for ESPN on their NFL broadcast. Currently, Joe works for the NFL Network doing their show called, ‘Playbook.’

Joe graduated in 1971 from the University of Notre Dame where he received All-American honors and led the Fighting Irish to consecutive Cotton Bowls and was runner-up to Jim Plunkett in the Heisman Trophy balloting. In 2003, Joe was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. After being drafted by the Miami Dolphins and Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins, Joe chose to play in the Canadian League for the Toronto Argonauts from 1971-1973. In 1974, he joined the Washington Redskins.

A 12-0year NFL Veteran, Joe played in 163 consecutive games from 1974-1985 and holds Redskins’ records for passing yardage, completions and attempts. A two-time Pro Bowl selection and Pro Bowl MVP, Joe led Washington to a 27-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII.

Joe was selected the NFL’s Man of the Year in 1982 for his community service and dedication to the health and welfare of children. He won the league’s 1983 Most Valuable Player Award for leading the Redskins to an NFL-recorded 541 points and a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance. His career abruptly ended in 1985 after sustaining a badly broken leg during a Monday Night Football game against the New York Giant’s on national television.

Joe is a much sought-after motivational speaker and also oversees a popular Washington DC restaurant called, ‘Joe Theismann’s.’


“Joe Theismann was awesome, very inspirational and moving. Our audience loved him and he received a standing ovation. We are grateful for his presentation.”

– Mississippi College

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