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By Vito Stellino | April 2, 1999
In an era when old quarterbacks are making comebacks, Joe Theismann sounded as if he was ready to jump on the bandwagon yesterday.Theismann, who turns 50 in September and hasn't played since Lawrence Taylor ended his career on Nov. 18, 1985, with a tackle that broke his leg on "Monday Night Football," told radio station 107.3 FM in Washington that he's completely healed, is in good shape, can still throw and is ready to make a comeback.The former Washington Redskins quarterback sounded very serious, but he was making the statements on April 1. It was just an April Fool's joke dreamed up by the station and Theismann, ever the showman, went along with it.Pub Date: 4/02/99
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Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | August 3, 2014
Joe Theismann has certain characteristics he looks for when evaluating any quarterback. Size. Arm strength. Accuracy. The ability to throw on the run. There are others. To Theismann, Maryland's Class of 2015 quarterback commit, Gage Shaffer from Ridgeley (W.Va.), has a lot of those characteristics. "He's one of most impressive young men I've seen,” said Theismann, who played quarterback for the Washington Redskins from 1974-85 and has been an NFL analyst 29 years since retiring.
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By RAY FRAGER | July 29, 2005
THE BEST PART of Tuesday's announcement by ESPN of its Monday Night Football announcing team - Al Michaels, Joe Theismann, Suzy Kolber and Michele Tafoya - came when network executive Mark Shapiro was asked about finding enough air time for sideline reporters Kolber and Tafoya. "It only works if we can keep Joe's comments to a minimum," Shapiro said during a conference call. The shame of it is, he was joking. As anyone who has watched ESPN's Sunday night NFL games knows, Theismann certainly enjoys the sound of his own voice.
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By Edward Lee | November 18, 2011
A good number of Ravens fans are unhappy with and/or puzzled by the offense's run-pass ratio in the team's 22-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks Sunday and through the first nine games of the season. Count Joe Theismann as a member of the “puzzled” club. The current NFL Network analyst and former Washington Redskins quarterback said asking quarterback Joe Flacco to throw the ball a career-high 52 times and giving running back Ray Rice just five carries Sunday doesn't fit with what he perceives as the identity of the Ravens offense.
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By RAY FRAGER and RAY FRAGER,SUN REPORTER | February 9, 2006
Al Michaels won't be sticking around Monday nights this fall. ESPN let the veteran play-by-play announcer out of his contract to continue as the voice of Monday Night Football when it moves from ABC next season and yesterday announced a new three-man team for the booth - Mike Tirico on play-by-play, joined by ex-quarterback Joe Theismann and Washington Post columnist Tony Kornheiser. "Al let us know he was not comfortable with our vision in what we were doing," John Skipper, ESPN executive vice president for content, said in a teleconference yesterday.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | January 25, 2001
TAMPA, Fla. - Shannon Sharpe recorded the first block of the Super Bowl yesterday. Watching another round of questioning with Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, Sharpe unexpectedly stepped in to pick up the media blitz. The veteran tight end stood behind Lewis, placing his hands on both of Lewis' shoulders, and vented for a couple of minutes. "I said this before and I'll say it 1,000 times: If he had not been Ray Lewis, if he had not been an All-Pro player, Ray Lewis would have never, ever been implicated," Sharpe said.
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By Steve Love and Steve Love,Knight-Ridder News Service | April 1, 1993
BEREA, Ohio -- The Heisman Trophy winner's glorious entrance, if not his once-glorious promise, are history now.The Last Chance Kid, quarterback Vinny Testaverde, comes to the Cleveland Browns not on a white charger but on the eve of April Fool's Day.In Tampa Bay, they're saying the joke is on the Browns.Some joke.Testaverde could make as much as $2.45 million next season if Bernie Kosar ends up in plaster of Paris again and he will make an estimated $1.7 million regardless.After that, who knows?
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By Jack Mann and Jack Mann,Evening Sun Staff | September 27, 1990
HERNDON, Va. -- Washington Redskins punter Ralf Mojsiejenko, who enjoys life, found his intentional safety against the Cowboys last Sunday "an interesting experience."There he was, standing in the back of the end zone, holding thball, not punting it, while 53,804 customers and a television audience waited to see what he would do.With the Redskins leading by only 19-13 and the ball at their 2 with 1:56 to go, the interest became almost unbearable to some of the non-customers along the Redskins' bench before Mojo stepped over the back line to make the safety safe.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Sun Reporter | February 4, 2007
The biggest quarterback mismatches in Super Bowl history: Season Top QB Bottom QB Skinny 1969 Len Dawson, K.C. Joe Kapp, Minn. Dawson was the game MVP; Kapp, a Canadian Football League import, had no TDs and two INTs. 1979 Terry Bradshaw, Pitt. Vince Ferragamo, L.A. Bradshaw won second consecutive MVP; Ferragamo, an injury replacement, was 15-for-25 for 212 yards. 1982 Joe Theismann, Wash. David Woodley, Miami Theismann threw for two TDs; Woodley was 4-for-14 for 97 yards before being replaced by Dan Marino the next season.
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By Bob Glauber and Bob Glauber,Newsday | November 15, 1991
As Joe Theismann walked through the New York Giants' locker room in late August, he couldn't figure out why so many players were greeting him with icy stares. Perhaps the cool reception would have been understandable had Theismann still been wearing a Washington Redskins uniform. But the quarterback-turned-TV commentator was baffled by this reaction nearly six years after fading back for his last NFL pass -- the one where Lawrence Taylor and Gary Reasons broke his leg Nov. 18, 1985."I didn't know what was going on," Theismann said.
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By Matt Vensel | June 9, 2011
Two weeks ago, we got Phil Simms’ take on Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco . On Tuesday, former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann gave 105.7 The Fan his two cents on Flacco. These interviews will continue to interest me until they start asking people like Bubby Brister and Steve DeBerg to break down Flacco. Theismann, who won a Super Bowl with the Redskins and was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1983, believes Flacco is going to have a breakout season in 2011 -- and yes, he thinks there will be a season.
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Mike Preston | October 14, 2010
Regardless of the countless power rankings, most agree that the Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets are the three best teams in the NFL. Barring injuries, all three will be major players in the postseason because they have good running games, strong defenses and blue-collar coaches with dominant personalities. But the one position that makes the Steelers the favorite is at quarterback, where they have a two-time Super Bowl champion in Ben Roethlisberger. The question is whether quarterbacks Joe Flacco of the Ravens and Mark Sanchez of the Jets can narrow the talent gap between now and the postseason?
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By RAY FRAGER | March 30, 2007
Your mailbox is over its limit, I'm being told, so I'd better get through some of these e-mails and clean out the notebook while I'm at it. A few of you might recall a song by the group the Sweet called "Ballroom Blitz." Here we are, just three days from the Orioles' opener, and we're getting a MASN Blitz. (You turn the tube/and before you can move/it turns into a MASN Blitz.) The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network is putting word out about the new channel for Orioles games in a big way.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Sun Reporter | February 4, 2007
The biggest quarterback mismatches in Super Bowl history: Season Top QB Bottom QB Skinny 1969 Len Dawson, K.C. Joe Kapp, Minn. Dawson was the game MVP; Kapp, a Canadian Football League import, had no TDs and two INTs. 1979 Terry Bradshaw, Pitt. Vince Ferragamo, L.A. Bradshaw won second consecutive MVP; Ferragamo, an injury replacement, was 15-for-25 for 212 yards. 1982 Joe Theismann, Wash. David Woodley, Miami Theismann threw for two TDs; Woodley was 4-for-14 for 97 yards before being replaced by Dan Marino the next season.
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By RAY FRAGER | September 8, 2006
If you woke up just in time for the start of the NFL season, you might notice a difference or two from last year on your television. (Oh, and while you were sleeping, Vince fired Ari on Entourage, but that Jim and Pam thing on The Office remains up in the air.) As they might say on Sunday nights - though they'll be saying it on another network this year - let's go the highlights: Monday Night Football has shifted from ABC to ESPN, with a new team in the booth - Mike Tirico, Joe Theismann and Tony Kornheiser.
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By RAY FRAGER and RAY FRAGER,SUN REPORTER | February 9, 2006
Al Michaels won't be sticking around Monday nights this fall. ESPN let the veteran play-by-play announcer out of his contract to continue as the voice of Monday Night Football when it moves from ABC next season and yesterday announced a new three-man team for the booth - Mike Tirico on play-by-play, joined by ex-quarterback Joe Theismann and Washington Post columnist Tony Kornheiser. "Al let us know he was not comfortable with our vision in what we were doing," John Skipper, ESPN executive vice president for content, said in a teleconference yesterday.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Correspondent | September 25, 1990
HERNDON, Va. -- When quarterback Joe Theismann was struggling during the early part of the 1985 season, coach Joe Gibbs had a meeting with his young backup, Jay Schroeder.Gibbs' message to Schroeder was simple: He believed in sticking with his starting quarterback, and someday Schroeder would be the starter and would get the same treatment.Gibbs stuck with Theismann for the first 76 regular-season and playoff games he coached for the Washington Redskins until Theismann suffered a broken leg in the 11th game of the 1985 season, ending his career.
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By MILTON KENT | January 16, 1995
BRISTOL, Conn. -- Which of the NFL pre-game show casts has been together the longest?Go to the head of the class if you picked the gang at ESPN's "NFL GameDay," the program that coordinating producer Bob Rauscher describes as "the pre-game show without a game."Starting with the nucleus of host Chris Berman and analyst Tom Jackson -- finishing up their eighth season together -- and adding Joe Theismann, Chris Mortensen and newcomer Phil Simms, to go along with a solid core of field reporters and production crew, you get a solid show each week.
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By RAY FRAGER | July 29, 2005
THE BEST PART of Tuesday's announcement by ESPN of its Monday Night Football announcing team - Al Michaels, Joe Theismann, Suzy Kolber and Michele Tafoya - came when network executive Mark Shapiro was asked about finding enough air time for sideline reporters Kolber and Tafoya. "It only works if we can keep Joe's comments to a minimum," Shapiro said during a conference call. The shame of it is, he was joking. As anyone who has watched ESPN's Sunday night NFL games knows, Theismann certainly enjoys the sound of his own voice.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | May 24, 2001
You've gotta be tough to play football, and it's a good quality for football players in the restaurant business, too - as when the roof of Joe Theismann's Restaurant in Elkridge collapsed last year, closing the place for six months. Tucked next to a Best Western hotel near the site of the old Dorsey Speedway off U.S. 1, the business reopened last summer after nearly $800,000 in repairs, partner Vernon H. Grandgeorge said. "We wondered how business would be," Grandgeorge said, adding that customers came back, and everything worked out well.
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