Former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann will be the guest speaker at the Jackson County Community Foundation’s Annual Community Celebration Dinner Oct. 17 at the West Virginia National Guard Armory in Millwood.

Joe Theismann is an entrepreneur and the former star quarterback for the Washington Redskins. He spent the last two decades working for ESPN on their NFL broadcast and the NFL Network.

The former National Football Leag star joined ESPN in April 1988, reuniting with play-by-play voice, Mike Patrick. Theismann joined ESPN after spending two seasons as an NFL analyst for CBS Sports.

“This year, we have developed a wonderful team of Corporate Steering partners to bring in Joe Theismann, and help us put on this colossal event,” said Christy Sizemore, JCCF director. “We appreciate the continued support from the Dickirson Community Fund. David and Linda Dickirson are extraordinary folks who believe in making a difference in the community in which we live.” “Constellium is our partner in charitable work and we are glad to see them exceedingly involved in our community. Buddy and Carol Stemple are both involved in our Community Foundation events,” Sizemore added.

“Our third and extremely involved community partner is Armstrong. We appreciate Matt McVay and his Millwood Team for their support,” she said.

Tickets ($50 for seniors and $60 for adults) and table sponsorships may be reserved for the JCCF, Inc. Celebration Benefit by stopping by the Foundation office at 108 North Church St., Ripley (second floor City National Bank), by calling 304-372-4500, or through email at

The Community Foundation of Jackson County- JCCF, Inc. is a non-profit public charity created by local citizens to build permanent endowment funds and issue grants and scholarships to meet community needs. The foundation motto is “Ordinary people doing extraordinary things!”

A 12-year NFL veteran, Theismann played in 163 consecutive games from 1974-1985 and holds Redskins’ records for passing yardage (25,206), completions (2.044) and attempts (3,602). A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Theismann led Washington to a 27-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII.

Theismann was selected the NFL’s “Man of the Year” in 1982 for his community service and dedication to the health and welfare of children. He won the league’s 1983 “Most Valuable Player” Award for leading the Redskins to an NFL-recorded 541 points and a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance. His career ended abruptly in 1985 after sustaining a broken leg during a game against the New York Giants on national television.

Theismann graduated in 1971 from the University of Notre Dame where he received All-America honors and led the Fighting Irish to consecutive Cotton Bowls and was runner-up to Jim Plunkett in the Heisman Trophy balloting. In 2003, Theismann was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Theismann began his career in 1971 with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, after being drafted by the Miami Dolphins and Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins.

Theismann, a much sought after motivational speaker, also oversees a popular Washington, DC restaurant that bears his name. He is also the author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Understanding Football Like a Pro.

Recently, Theismann was named the recipient of the 2013 Walter Camp Football Foundation “Distinguished American” Award.