Joe Theismann to Serve as Keynote Speaker at Team Kickoff Luncheon

Joe Theismann, an entrepreneur and former star quarterback for the Washington Redskins, has been named the keynote speaker of the 2012 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Team Kickoff Luncheon, presented by the Omni Fort Worth Hotel and American Airlines. Held at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel, the luncheon will take place at noon (CT) on Friday, Dec. 28, the day prior to the 10th anniversary of the postseason bowl game. American’s sponsorship stems from its long-standing support for military, veterans and their families.

A 1971 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Joe Theismann received All-American honors and led the Fighting Irish to consecutive Cotton Bowls and was runner-up to Jim Plunkett in the Heisman Trophy balloting. In 2003, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

After turning down offers from the Minnesota Twins and Miami Dolphins, Theismann began his professional career in the Canadian Football League, spending three years with the Toronto Argonauts before joining the NFL’s Washington Redskins in 1974. From his humble beginnings as a punt returner to his triumph as Super Bowl Champion, Theismann has experienced many of the challenges we all face in our constant quest to find success, by overcoming adversity.

As a 12-year NFL veteran, he played in 163 consecutive games from 1974 to 1985 and holds the Redskin record for passing yards, completions and attempts. Theismann was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and led the Redskins to a 27-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII.

In 1982, he was elected the NFL’s Man of the Year for his community service and dedication to the health and welfare of children. In 1983, he won the league’s MVP award. Then, in 1985, Theismann’s career was abruptly cut short when his leg was shattered in a game against the New York Giants during Monday Night Football.

Having spent the past two decades working for ESPN and the NFL Network, Joe Theismann now oversees a popular Washington, D.C., restaurant that bears his name. Staying true to his concern for children, he is a member on the Sports Advisory Board of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

Tickets for the noon luncheon at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel, presented by American Airlines, can be purchased for $50 at ArmedForcesBowl.com, or by calling the bowl office at 817-810-0012. 

Tickets for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl are on sale now. With prices starting as low as $20 a ticket and ranging up to $150 for a Bud Light Platinum Club seat, tickets can be selected and purchased through the bowl’s website at www.ArmedForcesBowl.com. Armed forces veterans and active duty personnel can also request complimentary tickets through the bowl’s website, or by calling the bowl office at 817-810-0012. Complimentary armed forces tickets are available via the bowl’s corporate military ticket underwriting program while supplies last.

Owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl has featured the “armed forces” theme since 2006. Patriotic overtones recognizing all five branches of the service are prevalent throughout the game. Past Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowls have included fan-fest areas showcasing armed forces hardware; flyovers; demonstrations by several of the military's top skydiving teams; custom homes awarded to wounded warriors; on-field induction ceremonies; armed forces bands and honor guards; the annual Great American Patriot Award presented by Armed Forces Insurance; and the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America. 

For additional information about the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, please visit ArmedForcesBowl.com, Facebook.com/ArmedForcesBowl or Twitter.com/ArmedForcesBowl.

About Omni Hotels & Resorts

As breathtaking as any West Texas sunset, the Omni Fort Worth Hotel offers a new taste of Texas hospitality.  Conveniently located in the heart of Fort Worth’s exciting downtown, the hotel stands adjacent to the expanded Fort Worth Convention Center and within walking distance from the city’s burgeoning cultural centers, restaurants and nightlife.  Retreat to your luxury guest room for a restful night’s sleep before or after your exploration of Fort Worth. Sculpted from native stone and rich hardwoods and wrapped in glass, the Omni Fort Worth Hotel is the newest star in the Lone Star State.  Guests will marvel at the dramatic displays of art and exciting venues, while meeting and event planners will remember the luxury hotel for its open and inviting spaces, its casual yet sophisticated style and a personality that’s as gracious and dynamic as Fort Worth itself. Omni Hotels & Resorts ranked highest among nine upper-upscale hotel brands in J.D. Power and Associates Study in 2012. This year’s highest ranking marks Omni’s fifth time as the leading hotel brand in this study. 

About American Airlines

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