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Ep. 5 – NFL Great Joe Theismann On Dealing with Adversity and Embracing Change in Your Life

Joe Theismann (@Theismann7) is a former NFL MVP, Super Bowl champion, broadcaster, author, and restaurateur. Joe is best known for his NFL career with the Washington Redskins where he played quarterback, guiding the Redskins to the Super Bowl championships by 1982. Joe followed up the next season by winning the NFL Most Valuable Player award in 1983. Following his infamous career-ending leg injury, Joe worked as a broadcaster and analyst for ESPN for nearly 20 years while also working on a broadcast team with the NFL Network. Additionally, Joe is a restaurateur, owning Theismann’s Restaurant and Bar. He also performs as a speaker for corporate events, speaking on topics such as leadership and self-motivation. In this episode, we discuss aspects of Joe’s career that many do not know about it, including his decision to forego the NFL and play in the Canadian Football League. We talk Joe’s infamous leg injury and how it affected his career and forced him to embrace change in his life. Ever the storyteller, Joe takes us many inspirational, funny, and life changing aspects of his life. We talk about all of this and more with Joe’s contagious enthusiasm and motivational nuggets of advice that he’s adopted from his incredible journey. Enjoy!

Show Notes: 2:40 – The story behind why he changed his last name at Notre Dame 6:45 – On why Joe chose to play football at Notre Dame 9:48 – How he went from punt returner to starting quarterback 13:48 – On his decision to play pro football in Canada instead of the NFL 19:58 – What Joe thinks separated him from other quarterbacks 22:40 – The things that Joe mentally struggled with during his NFL career 26:25 – Joe talks about his infamous leg injury and the aftermath of it on his career 32:33 – Lessons Joe learned from his 23 years in broadcasting 34:00 – On why Joe chose broadcasting over coaching 35:35 – On what Joe thinks most people don’t understand about being successful 37:45 – On embracing change in life 39:22 – The things that Joe thinks are important in life Show Links: Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League Theismann’s Restaurant and Bar Theme music: DREAM by SackJo22 ft. Jeris Haskel

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