Joe Theismann Joins NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football

By Noah Davis 

The NFL Network broadcast booth just got a little bit more crowded. Joe Theismann, he of the 1983 MVP, brutal leg break, and more than 20 years as a commentator, will join Bob Papa and Matt Millen in the Thursday night booth.

Theismann began his life as a broadcaster in 1985 after a successful, albeit abbreviated stint as a quarterback. He partnered with Frank Gifford and Don Meredith to call Super Bowl XIX before moving to ESPN’s Sunday Night Football three years later. He was off the air for most of last season, but returned alongside former coach Joe Gibbs for a game in January, which Awful Announcing called “the worst announcing team of all time.” (More from AA on Theismann here.)

At least one person is not pleased with the Theismann addition.


The NFL Network will broadcast eight games, starting with the Baltimore Ravens vs. Atlanta Falcons on November 11. The full schedule is after the jump.

Week 10: Thursday, November 11 at 8:00 PM ET
Baltimore Ravens at Atlanta Falcons

Week 11: Thursday, November 18 at 8:00 PM ET
Chicago Bears at Miami Dolphins

Week 12: Thursday, November 25 at 8:00 PM ET
Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets (Thanksgiving)

Week 13: Thursday, December 2 at 8:00 PM ET
Houston Texans at Philadelphia Eagles

Week 14: Thursday, December 9 at 8:00 PM ET
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans

Week 15: Thursday, December 16 at 8:00 PM ET
San Francisco 49ers at San Diego Chargers

Week 16: Thursday, December 23 at 8:00 PM ET
Carolina Panthers at Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 16: Saturday, December 25 at 7:30 PM ET
Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals (Christmas)