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NFL MVP Theismann headlines MSU's Triangle Classic

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Joe Theismann, a Super Bowl-winning quarterback and member of the College Football Hall of Fame, will serve as the guest speaker at this year’ Triangle Classic Banquet on April 8 in Great Falls.

After a record-setting career at Notre Dame and four all-star seasons in the CFL, Theismann joined the NFL’s Washington Redskins in 1974. After ascending to the starting quarterback position in 1978, he became one of the league’s most successful signal callers. The New Jersey native started for only seven full NFL seasons, but threw for over 25,000 yards and connected on 160 touchdown passes.

Theismann was the 1982 Bert Bell Award winner as player of the year, was the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year that same season, was named NFL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year for 1983 by the Associated Press, and was the Pro Football Writers Association MVP, as well. He finished among the NFL’s top six in passer rating in 1979 and 1982-84, and finished in the top 10 in pass completion percentage in five different seasons. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1982 and ’83, earning First Team All-Pro honors in the latter campaign.

Inheriting the starting quarterback job from Billy Kilmer in 1978, Theismann’s emergence as a star coupled with Joe Gibbs’ arrival as head coach elevated the Redskins from playoff hopeful to perennial Super Bowl contender. Theisman led the ‘Skins to back-to-back Super Bowls in 1982 and ’83, and a string of playoff appearances that ended only with Theismann’s career after a gruesome injury in 1985. During his time as the organization’s full-time starter, Washington posted only one sub-.500 season.

The Triangle Classic Banquet begins at 6 pm on Friday, April 8, at the Four Seasons Arena in Montana Expo Park. Cost of admission is $800 for a table (includes prime rib dinners for 10) or $85 for a single dinner ticket, and $55 for admission without dinner. The Bobcat football team will conduct a limited scrimmage on Saturday, April 9,  at Memorial Stadium with a time to be determined, and MSU also holds football and spirit squad clinics that morning, time and location TBA.

For further information, contact Jim Walden (406/799-7091) or Brett Keaster (406/899-3741) with the local organizing committee.

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