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A MOUTH THAT ROARS
Ray Kennedy
October 06, 1980
Washington's voluble Joe Theismann sports this gaudy ring on his pinkie, but he wants a real Super Bowl job
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October 06, 1980

A Mouth That Roars

Washington's voluble Joe Theismann sports this gaudy ring on his pinkie, but he wants a real Super Bowl job

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"I try not to look back," says Theismann. "It's like the line from a Dionne Warwick song: 'A fool will lose tomorrow looking back on yesterday.' I believe that. I believe this is just the beginning. Hey, I'm not a kid in this league anymore. I'm 31. And I really believe we're ready to go all the way. I really believe I can be a 65% passer this year and...."

"But, but," the intrepid reporter interrupts, having learned a defensive move or two, "no NFL quarterback completed more than 63% of his passes last season and...."

"I kid Mike Kruczek about trying on his Super Bowl rings, but I'm serious. I've always wanted to wear the ring. Forget the money. The ring is what it's all about. I've had all the Pittsburgh rings on. I've had the Yankee ring on. The Raiders' rings are the most beautiful. Yes, I make no bones about it. I'm like a little kid." Pause. "Any more questions?"

Pause. "No," says the intrepid reporter, flipping his notebook shut on his 86 in-depth questions, all still intact. "That about covers it."

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