- Position: Quarterback
- School: Notre Dame
- High School: South River, NJ (South River HS)
- Years: 1968-1970
- Inducted: 2003
- Place of Birth: New Brunswick, NJ
- Date of Birth: Sep 09, 1949
- Jersey Number: 7
- Height: 6-0
- Weight: 192
Member BiographyWhen first seeing 5-10, 147 pound Joe Theismann, one of Notre Dame's assistant coaches remarked that he was looking at the team's new water boy rather than a quarterback.
As a sophomore, he became the team's starter late in the season after Terry Hanratty was lost to an injury. In three games, he led the Irish to two wins and a tie.
In 1969, he led the Irish to a number five ranking, their first bowl appearance in 45 years, and a near upset of national champion Texas. The next year, the Irish had a 10-1 record, a number two ranking, and a revenge win over top-ranked Texas. Theismann was the runner-up in the Heisman voting and was recognized as a first-team All-America and as an Academic All-America.
As a starting quarterback, he compiled a 20-3-2 record while throwing for 4,411 yards and 31 touchdowns. Joe set school records for passing yards in a game (526), yards in a season (2,429), and touchdowns in a season (16).
Theismann had a 15-year professional career, 12 of which were spent with the Washington Redskins. In 1982, he led the Redskins to a Super Bowl victory. The next year he became the league's MVP.
Upon retirement, he became a successful businessman and sportscaster.