Super Bowl winner Joe Theismann set to speak in Chattanooga at annual scouting luncheon

Washington Commanders photo / Former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann, who guided Washington to a 27-17 victory over Miami in Super Bowl XVII, will be the featured speaker later this month at the 20th annual Friends of Scouting Luncheon at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
Washington Commanders photo / Former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann, who guided Washington to a 27-17 victory over Miami in Super Bowl XVII, will be the featured speaker later this month at the 20th annual Friends of Scouting Luncheon at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Former Notre Dame and Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann will be the featured speaker at the 20th annual Friends of Scouting Luncheon at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

The event is at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Theismann guided Washington to a 27-17 comeback victory over the Miami Dolphins at Super Bowl XVII in January 1983. He led Washington back to Super Bowl XVIII but was unsuccessful in a repeat bid against the Los Angeles Raiders.

Before compiling a 77-47 record as Washington’s starter during the 1976-85 seasons, Theismann starred for the Fighting Irish, steering them to consecutive Cotton Bowl appearances following the 1969 and 1970 seasons. Theismann finished runner-up to Stanford quarterback Jim Plunkett in the balloting for the 1970 Heisman Trophy, with Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning placing third.

“We are excited to welcome Joe and hear his captivating accounts of remarkable sports moments from a firsthand account, as well as how the values and skills taught by Scouting helped prepare him for those historic moments,” Jared Pickens, the CEO and Scout Executive of the Cherokee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, said in a release announcing the event.

Theismann, who is 74 years old, suffered a career-ending knee injury in November 1985, but he would soon thrive as an announcer, serving as an analyst on ESPN’s "Sunday Night Football" from 1988 to 2005.

The annual luncheon serves as the Cherokee Area Council’s largest and most important fundraiser, with recent featured speakers including South Carolina football coach Shane Beamer last April and former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden in 2020. Bowden’s visit took place on March 4, just one week before the sports world abruptly shut down with the coronavirus outbreak.

For information about ticket and table purchases for the luncheon, contact Aurora Wells at 413-713-7627 or aurora.wells@scouting.org.

Compiled by David Paschall. Contact him at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com.