NFL Network News: Super Bowl Champion Quarterback Joe Theismann Featured on ‘A Football Life’

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‘Joe Theismann: A Football Life’ Premieres Friday, September 16 at 9:00 PM ET & PT on NFL Network

“There are certain guys that I think are born to play quarterback and that’s Joe Theismann.” – Rick “Doc” Walker

The 11th season of the Emmy-nominated and highly acclaimed NFL Films-produced series A Football Life premieres Friday, September 16 at 9:00 PM ET and PT on NFL Network with a profile of Super Bowl champion quarterback Joe Theismann. The one-hour show features sit-down interviews with Theismann, former teammates such as Rick “Doc” WalkerArt Monk and Mark Moseley, former head coach Joe Gibbs and others.

Among the topics discussed in Joe Theismann: A Football Life include:

  • Growing up in South River, NJ where he was a three-sport athlete in high school
  • His prolific collegiate career at Notre Dame and the famous “Theismann for Heisman” campaign
  • Early struggles in Washington and his relationship with head coach Joe Gibbs
  • Leading Washington to its first Super Bowl title and winning the 1983 NFL MVP Award
  • A conversation between Lawrence Taylor and Theismann about his infamous 1985 career-ending leg injury in a game against the New York Giants
  • His post-football career as an NFL broadcaster for over 20 years

Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.

Joe Theismann: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people:

  • Joe Theismann
  • Robin Theismann – Wife
  • Joe Gibbs – Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach
  • Rick “Doc” Walker – Washington teammate
  • Art Monk – Washington teammate & Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver
  • Mark Moseley – Washington teammate
  • Lawrence Taylor – Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker
  • Michael Wilbon – Former Washington Post sportswriter
  • Drew Pearson – High school teammate & Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver

Provided below are some select quotes from Joe Theismann: A Football Life:

– “There are certain guys that I think are born to play quarterback and that’s Joe Theismann.” – Rick “Doc” Walker

– “I loved the game. I was a guy that had a chance to play with a great football team. I walk out on that football field and the memories come back like yesterday.” – Joe Theismann

– “We were the best in the NFL and you have to have a great quarterback to do that. Joe was that quarterback.” – Joe Gibbs

– “I think he’s been overlooked as one of the best quarterbacks to play in the NFL. Why he’s not in the Hall of Fame, I don’t know.” – Mark Moseley

– “He was not that big. But what was big was his heart and his ego. You could not keep Joey down.” – Drew Pearson

 “People say ‘What is it like to win a Super Bowl?’ It’s almost indescribable because it’s an experience that you have in your life that very few people are able to go to.” – Joe Theismann

– “Theismann was the guy that was most notably going to go right into the booth and be great at it.” – Michael Wilbon on Theismann’s transition to the broadcast booth

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Below is a broadcast schedule for remaining episodes of A Football Life this season:

  • September 23 – Rod Woodson
  • November 18 – Edgerrin James
  • November 25 – Julian Edelman
  • December 23 – Franco Harris
  • December/January (exact premiere date TBD) – 1972 Miami Dolphins


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