Joe Theismann

Joe Theismann

American ex-quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) and Canadian Football League (CFL).
Date of Birth: 09.09.1949
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Joe Theismann
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. College Football Career
  4. NFL Career and Injury
  5. Conclusion

Biography of Joe Theismann

Joseph Robert 'Joe' Theismann, born on September 9, 1949, is a former Canadian and American quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) and the Canadian Football League (CFL). He grew up in South River, New Jersey, where his father, Joseph John Theismann, owned a gas station and co-owned a wine store with his Hungarian mother, Olga Tobias, who worked at 'Johnson & Johnson' until retirement.

Joe Theismann

Early Life and Education

Theismann attended a local school in South River, where he actively participated in baseball, basketball, and football. In 1997, he was inducted into the State Hall of Fame of the Interscholastic Athletic Association. Theismann went on to pursue higher education at the University of Notre Dame, where he played football for the university team. He joined the team in his second year when a player was seriously injured and made significant contributions to the team's success.

Joe Theismann

College Football Career

In 1969, Theismann led the Irish football team to a fifth-place finish overall, earning them a spot in the cup competition for the first time in 45 years. However, they lost to the University of Texas with a score of 21-17. The following year, they secured a second-place finish and defeated the University of Texas. Theismann played a pivotal role in the team's success, setting several school records for yards gained per season and touchdowns in a season. He was also the fifth leading passer in the history of the University of Notre Dame.

Joe Theismann

In 2003, Theismann was honored with induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, becoming the eighth representative from the University of Notre Dame to receive such recognition.

Joe Theismann

NFL Career and Injury

Theismann's professional football career ended on November 18, 1985, when he suffered a devastating leg injury during a game against the New York Giants. The injury, considered the "Most Shocking Moment in History" by NFL fans, resulted in a compound fracture of his leg. Theismann attempted a trick play, but was tackled by Lawrence Taylor, causing his leg to break. The injury ended his football career as he never fully recovered.

After his recovery, Theismann transitioned into a career in television. He currently hosts the show 'Playbook' on the NFL network, showcasing his expertise and insights into the game.


Joe Theismann, a former American and Canadian quarterback, had a successful career in both college and professional football. Despite his career-ending injury, he continues to contribute to the sport through his television work.