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Joseph Robert "Joe" Theismann is a retired professional football player. Playing 12 seasons for the Washington Redskins as a quarterback, he was selected twice for the Pro Bowl and lead the Redskins to a victory in Super Bowl XVII. Playing for Notre Dame university, he gained notice his sophomore year when he replaced the injured first string quarterback. Becoming the starter in 1969, he lead the Fighting Irish to a 1970 Cotton Bowl appearance and a win in the 1971 Cotton Bowl. In 1970 he was in consideration for the prestigious Heisman Trophy, which is given annually the most outstanding college football player, taking into consideration diligence, perseverance, hard work, and integrity of the nominees. Theismann finished second to Jim Plunkett. In 2003 Theismann was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame.