Saturday, December 27, 2014

Pillars of the NFL: Joe Theismann

In Patrick McCaskey's Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships he covers the ten greatest NFL coaches of all-time.  Among the pillars is Joe Gibbs  who coached the Redskins to three Super Bowls and four NFC Championships in 16 years as head coach.  In Pillars, we describe some of Gibbs key players and we'd  thought we'd reproduce some of that for our posts.  Gibbs had a penchant for getting great play from his men.

Joe Theismann

Theismann was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 1971, but he chose to play for the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League.  Washington signed him in 1974. Oddly enough, he began his Redskins’ career as primarily a kick returner until 1976 when he started a 10-year run at quarterback.  He was tough, competitive, and assured.  Gibbs would remember Theismann’s gutsy, no-quit play.