The second-to-last game of the 1982 season will always be the most memorable of Joe Theismann’s career.
Theismann told the ”The Sports Fix” on ESPN 980 Monday that beating Dallas in the NFC Championship game was more exciting than taking the field in Super Bowl XVII.
“People ask me what the most memorable game was of my career, and I talk about the NFC championship game against the Dallas Cowboys in our stadium with our fans,” Theismann told Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro.
“Everybody was pounding away at those aluminum seats, and the ground was shaking beneath your feet. If that doesn’t stir your emotions, I don’t know what does.”
A Super Bowl XVII victory taught the quarterback defenses win championships. Washington held Miami without a completion in the second half of the 27-17 win. Theismann picked the Seattle Seahawks to beat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII because he believes Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Co. are capable of shutting down Peyton Manning.
When talk turned to the quarterback situation in Washington, Theismann said Robert Griffin III’s mechanics broke down during the 2013 season, but Jay Gruden is the man to help the young quarterback return to form.
“If you just look at the film and look at the footwork, and everything that goes with throwing a football, Robert was not near as smooth as he was the year before,” Theismann told “The Sports Fix.”
“So when I think of Jay, not only as a head coach, (he’s) very even keel and I think a really solid football mind… when you invest as much as you did in Robert, you have to stop and think, ’Okay, we need a guy there to help our guy grow.’
Near the end of the interview, Sheehan asked Theismann about his 1984 Sports Illustrated cover photo when the quarterback brought up Marshawn Lynch barely avoiding a $50,000 fine.
Theismann admitted he didn’t talk to the media for about a year at one point but insisted he never agreed to pose for photos with his mouth taped shut.
“Sports Illustrated did that to me. I didn’t pose for tthat picture that way,” Theismann told “The Sports Fix.”
“Let me tell you, I was pissed off at Sports Illustrated for a lot of years, because, to me, you can take creative liberties, but that I felt was not necessarily fair. I’ve certainly said my piece and done things. I’m accountable for everything I’ve done. But when you take that and put the tape over it, it looked like I posed for it and was part of the whole program and it’s like no, (that’s) not the way it was.”
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