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11. Joe Theismann

The Miami Dolphins drafted Joe Theismann in 1971, but he never signed with them, instead electing to go north to the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts, where he was a two-time CFL All-Star.  The Dolphins would trade the Quarterback's rights in 1974 to the Washington Redskins, where he would sign as Billy Kilmer's backup.

 

Theismann was used as a Punt Returner as an NFL rookie, and by 1978 he was finally the permanent QB.  The former Notre Dame star gradually improved, and by the early 80s, the Redskins Offensive Line (known as the Hogs) provided the protection needed for Theismann to flourish.  

The QB threw for 3,568 Yards in 1981 and the following season, and he had 2,033 Yards in the strike-shortened 1982 campaign. Theismann won the Bert Bell Award, but more importantly, the Redskins won their first Super Bowl with Theismann throwing for two TDs.  1983 was phenomenal for Theismann, as he won the AP MVP in a year where he threw for career-highs in Yards (3,714) and Touchdowns (29).  The Redskins made it to the Super Bowl again, but this time they lost to the Los Angeles Raiders.

Theismann had another good year in 1984, but his career abruptly ended in a 1985 regular season game against the Giants. Theismann’s tibia and fibula were severely fractured in a sack by Lawrence Taylor and Harry Carson, and he never played again.

As a Redskin, Theismann would tally 25,206 Yards with 160 Touchdowns.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Acquired: Traded from the Miami Dolphins for a 1976 1st Round Pick (which would be Larry Gordon) before the 1974 Season.
  • Departed:

    Retired after the 1985 Season.

  • Games Played: 167
  • Notable Statistics:

    124 Games Started
    2,044 Pass Completions
    3,602 Pass Attempts
    56.7 Pass Completion Percentage
    25,206 Passing Yards
    160 Passing Touchdowns
    138 Interceptions
    77.4 Passer Rating
    355 Rushing Attempts
    1,815 Rushing Yards
    17 Rushing Touchdowns
    17 Punt Returns
    162 Punt Return Yards
    1 Punt
    1 Punting Yard
    105 Approximate Value

  • Played For: Washington Redskins
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Champion (XVII)
    AP MVP (1983)
    AP Offensive Player of the Year (1983)
    Bert Bell Award (1982)
    PFWA MVP (1983)
    NEA MVP (1983)
    First Team All-Pro (1983)
    Pro Bowl (1982 & 1983)

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