An interview with Joe Theismann, Washington Redskins Quarterback.
1. What advice would you give to a teenager?
“Study in school, be careful of the situations you find yourself in, be smart, and enjoy life. That’s what I told my teenagers.”
2. What’s the greatest lesson you’ve ever learned?
“It’s interesting you say that because I believe don’t let anyone ever anyone tell you can’t do something. Don’t let anyone else tell you what you can and cannot do in your life. That’s the greatest lesson any of us can learn. It’s the greatest lesson I’ve learned and it’s something I try to share.”
3. I know you’re a guy who has been traveling for most of your adult life, so you must have had a plethora of interesting conversations while traveling. What’s the most interesting conversation you’ve had while on a plane?
“I was on an airplane with an astrophysicist and I was learning about galaxies and the stars and after I got off the plane I had absolutely no idea what the person was talking about but she was extremely impressive, and I just walked off going ‘I am really not a smart person’”
4. What’s your favorite experience as a scout?
“I remember using two sticks to make fire. That was really cool. I also remember my first camping trip. The tree frogs were so loud I couldn’t get any sleep the whole night.”
5. What’s your favorite joke?
“This isn’t so much a favorite joke but a funny story about how fear could motivate us. I was at a hotel, late at night, and I asked the lady at the front desk where a good place to eat was. She said there was a restaurant across the street. What she neglected to tell me was that I would have to walk through a cemetery to get there. I was walking through this commentary until suddenly I fell into a grave. I tried to climb and climb and climb my way out, but I couldn’t do it. Then, the analytic brain of a quarterback kicked in, and it dawned on me that it was 4:00am, pitch black, and if I started screaming for help, who in their right mind would come and get me? Because of this I thought it best to wait until the morning. After twenty minutes of waiting, another man fell down the grave. He didn’t see me. He tried to climb and climb and climb his way out but he wasn’t able to. Then he said out loud, ‘I can’t believe I got stuck down here”. In response I said, ‘neither can I’. Within two seconds flat he was out of that grave and sprinting for his life.”