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Theismann’s Busy Weekend In South Bend

Posted by Stephen Czarda on April 23, 2013 – 12:46 pm

(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

Long before current Redskins quarterbacks Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Rex Grossman, and Pat White had stellar collegiate careers,  Joe Theismann constructed one of the greatest college football resumes to date.

Theismann was the man in charge at Notre Dame right smack dab in the middle of the school’s legendary run through the NCAA during the 6o’s and 70’s.

No. 7 complied an impressive 20-3-2 record as a starter and proved his worth in being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

However, Thesimann’s career might not have ever reached the NFL or starting quarterback status in South Bend is if wasn’t for then-Notre Dame head coach Ara Parseghian.

Theismann and some of his Golden Domer teammates rejoined for a reunion of sorts to celebrate Parseghian’s 90th birthday.

I stumbled upon an article in Sports Illustrated from 1970 about Parseghian recalling his first memories of No. 7 and at the time and it sounded like he might have been the only man who thought Theismann could be the leader of a top-five team.

When Theismann showed up at Notre Dame in the fall of 1967 to report in as a freshman, two assistant coaches,Johnny Ray and Joe Yonto, were at the airport to meet him. As he stepped from the plane, Ray grabbed Yonto’s arm and said, ‘Who’s that skinny kid?’

That’s the quarterback Parseghian recruited.

‘Oh, no,’ said Ray, closing his eyes.”

That “skinny kid” tacked on about as many pounds as he did wins during his career at Notre Dame before becoming the first quarterback in Redskins history to win a Super Bowl.

During his stay in Indiana he also caught a glimpse of the current Notre Dame squad as they look to build on last year’s undefeated regular season and follow in the footsteps of greatness that Theismann laid down years ago.

Autocorrect strikes even the most famous of athletes.

Also,I wonder what David Robinson’s thoughts are about Notre Dame’s record against his alma mater, the Naval Academy?


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