It's no secret that fallen Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann is angry that the sportswriters, the fans and even his ex-wife have buried his career. Broken leg aside, Theismann keeps telling everyone he talks to that he'll be back next season. And ever the businessman, Theismann has found a way to be paid for answering his critics.
A full-page ad in the recent Sports Illustrated magazine, with a stern-looking Theismann glaring from the page, is headlined: "They're Dead Wrong." In the text of the ad for the Tennis Corp. of America, Theismann argues: "Nobody tells me when my career is over. The doctors may mumble, the competition may hope, but I'll decide. You'll see number 7 calling plays when next season opens." In the meantime, Theismann says, he'll be working out at one of the clubs that are sponsoring the ad.
A similar ad with the same picture appeared in yesterday's Chicago Tribune. This one bears the headline "They'll Have to Break Both Legs," with text advertising the Chicago Health & Racquetball Club, where Theismann says he'll be getting back in shape. If you work out there you might just run into him. Come autumn, we'll see if Joe lives up to his threat. Only Joe could find a way to get paid for answering his detractors. End Notes
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