Chat with Joe Theismann
Theismann started his career in 1971, playing 3 seasons in the CFL.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, Super Bowl XVII champion quarterback Joe Theismann stops by to break down Sunday's Super Bowl XLVII.
Theismann, @Theismann7, helped the Washington Redskins to the organization's first Super Bowl win, 27-17 over the Miami Dolphins. He threw for 143 yards and two TDs, while MVP John Riggins ran for 166 yards.
Theismann won the league MVP in 1983, passing for 3,714 yards and 29 touchdowns as he led the Redskins back to the Super Bowl. He first joined Washington in 1974, returning punts during his rookie year.
The former QB will appear in the Feb. 13 episode of USA's Necessary Roughness that airs at 10 p.m. ET.
Send your questions now and join Theismann Thursday at 10:45 a.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (10:44 AM)
Joe will be here in a couple of minutes!
Buzzmaster (10:53 AM)
We've got Joe!
Whats your advice to Kaepernick and Flacco for sunday?
Joe Theismann (10:54 AM)
I think the most important thing is do what you did to get here. Have the same type of preparation. Athletes are creatures of habit by nature. You want to have things as close to the same as when you got here. You just realize that it is football. You make your reads, prepare and play. Enjoy the moment, the experience.
with the lockout a couple of years ago, did you ever think that we'd see another shortened season like you experienced in 1982?
Joe Theismann (10:55 AM)
No, I never really felt like we'd see another shortened season. There is too much money at stake. I think that makes a difference.
Joe Theismann (10:55 AM)
There is too much money for the league and players to lose even one game.
how long did you have to be on set to film your episode of Necessary Roughness?
Joe Theismann (10:56 AM)
Actually, we filmed it pretty quick. We didn't have a lot of takes. It was about an hour or an hour and a half to shoot the segment that I was in. A lot of it has to do with the individual close ups. You shoot the master. As you repeat, repeat and repeat the script. You get to take ownership of it. You run the gamut of emotions and thoughts while doing it.
Joe Theismann (10:57 AM)
I just had a coversation with Donald Driver and he watches Necessary Roughness. It does a great job of depicting what the NFL is. I've said this a ton of times, football is a microcosm of society. All of the problems in society happen in football. It gives you the broad look inside the game, the show does. The happy moments and the sad moments.
Joe, which team wins and why? I'm a Niners fan but Baltimore is really reminding me of Giants and Packers from the last 2 years, hot and on a mission?
Joe Theismann (10:59 AM)
I think you nailed it. I think you absolutely nailed it. I am picking the Ravens to win the Super Bowl because of that. I think both of these teams are equal. Whichever team wins, I don't think that will surprise people. Joe Flacco is playing the best of his career. Kaepernick is running an offense that many people don't know how to stop. The key to this game will be the discipline of the defense of the Ravens. If not, you're going to see 50 yard runs. It will happen.
How much fun did you have hosting American Gladiator? That show always looked like so much fun.
Joe Theismann (10:59 AM)
It was great. I loved it. Mike Adamle and I did the original pilot and I hosted for two years. It was incredible to see other athletes compete, which was basically an obstacle course of unique creation. It was fun. I loved it.
How often do you wear your super bowl ring?
Joe Theismann (11:00 AM)
I have it on now! I'm speaking to you from New Orleans. I just spent 3 hours on Radio Row. I just talked with Colin Cowherd. This is a week I do it a lot. When I do speaking I wear them. I'm looking at it right now. 30 years ago yesterday was the anniversary.
how do you like being remembed as one of the last guys with the single bar facemask?
Joe Theismann (11:01 AM)
First of all, it's nice to be remembered for something or anything. People thought of it as a sign of toughness, others thought it was a sign of dumbness. The double bars on the facemask made it hard for me to see when I handed it off.
How often do you get asked about that horrific injury?
Joe Theismann (11:02 AM)
All of the time. People don't ask me as much as they come up and ask me how are you doing? It was one of those moments that stand out to people that you never forget. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was one of the first moments that TV covered that dramatically. Right now, when a guy goes down, TV goes to commercial.
Joe, football is a violent game...there is no way to legislate the hitting out of the game, right? so what's the end game with the fines and new rules and everything else? Where does it all end?
Joe Theismann (11:04 AM)
That's one of the greatest questions you can ask. I agree it's a violent game. It's the nature of the animal. We want to work toward safety as much as we can within the structure of the game. There are many men and women that take on occupations where there is a risk to possibly others and yourself when you take on the passion of what you love. You understand the risk. If you were to ask every player in pro football to leave the game if they understand the risks and I don't think one walks away. We love what we do. It's very difficult to legislate big hits. It would be like legislating wrecks in NASCAR, fights in hockey, raising the rim in basketball for no dunks.
Joe Theismann (11:05 AM)
We make cars safer for people to drive, but you still have accidents. Contact in football is one of those givens. It's the way it is and the way it should be. Nobody forces you to play.
Did you get the acting bug after this appearance? Will we see you in more shows or movies?
Joe Theismann (11:06 AM)
I enjoy acting. I actually did Canon Ball 2 many years ago. I did That 70's Show. Now I've done Necessary Roughness. I lived in California for about 5 years. I enjoy other things, spending time with my wife, playing golf, being around the game of football. But if the right role comes up, I certainly don't mind looking at it.
Marty (Nazareth Pa.)
Joe I see this as Frank Gores time to shine. Most people are talking about this quarterback or that quarterback I think this guy doesn't put the ball on the ground and is a big time runner. How do you think this game will shake down?
Joe Theismann (11:07 AM)
I certainly think that he is one of the factors that's a big key in this game. But Colin will have to throw the ball and Joe will too. But you look at the other side and Ray Rice has to have a big game. He might not run for a lot of yards, but he may have a lot of receiving yards. I agree that the RBs in this game will be critical.
Do you keep your MVP trophy out somewhere? How often do you reflect on the trophy and that 1983 season?
Joe Theismann (11:08 AM)
There are a couple of things I cherish very much. One is the Man of the Year trophy, now the Walter Payton Trophy for community service. The MVP is something that's also near and dear to me. To know that you were voted the best player in the year is a great honor. But the one that sits between the two is the Super Bowl trophy. That symbolizes a group of guys from the front office staff, the equipment people, the coaches, the players. Each of those have a very significant place in my life.
Joe Theismann (11:10 AM)
Thank you very much for the conversation. I think this is going to be one of the best Super Bowls we've seen. It could go either way and that's exciting. There are so many great stories in this game. Probably the most stories we've seen in the game since the Cowboys and their cast of characters or the Redskins. Have a great Sunday everybody!