Joe Theismann To Headline Kickoff Luncheon

Former Football Great to Speak at Dec. 19 Event

LAS VEGAS - Former collegiate and NFL star quarterback and longtime football broadcaster Joe Theismann will serve as the featured speaker of this year's Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl Kickoff Luncheon, Executive Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy announced.

The event will take place from 12-2 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Friday, Dec. 19, and the public is invited. A limited number of tickets are still available for $40 apiece and can be ordered by calling (702) 732-3912.

The 17th edition of the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl, which is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), will take place at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 5 p.m. and again will be broadcast nationally on ESPN and ESPN HD.

A 1971 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Theismann was named All-America while leading the Fighting Irish to consecutive trips to the Cotton Bowl. The runner-up to Jim Plunkett in balloting for the 1970 Heisman Trophy was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

A 12-year veteran of the NFL, Theismann played in 163 consecutive games from 1974-85 and holds Redskins records for career passing yards (25,206), attempts (3,602) and completions (2,044). A two-time Pro Bowl selection, he led Washington to a 27-17 victory over Miami in Super Bowl XVII.

He was selected the NFL's Man of the Year in 1982 for his community service and dedication to the health and welfare of children. Theismann won the league's 1983 Most Valuable Player Award for leading the Redskins to an NFL-record 541 points and a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance. His career ended abruptly in 1985 after sustaining a broken leg during a game against the New York Giants.

After retiring, he spent two decades as a television analyst for ESPN and CBS Sports and continues to work as a columnist and sought-after speaker.

Theismann also oversees a popular Washington D.C. restaurant that bears his name and is the author of the book "The Complete Idiots Guide to Understanding Football Like a Pro."