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Dave Olson, Published November 14 2012

Former NFL great Theismann dishes on what breeds success

FARGO – About 600 people gathered here for a luncheon Wednesday to hear Joe Theismann talk about what breeds success, both on and off the football field.

Theismann, a star quarterback who played for the Washington Redskins from 1974-1985, shared stories about life in the NFL and some words of wisdom gained from people in his life, including his father and mother.

Here is a smattering of the advice Theismann dished out during the event sponsored by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce:

Referring to his mother as one of the wisest people he’s ever known, Theismann said his mom was responsible for his optimistic take on life.

“You go look for those good things in life, you’re probably going to find ’em,” he said.

Unfortunately for pessimists, he said, if people go looking for bad things in life, they will likely find that, too.

Theismann, who became an NFL broadcaster and entrepreneur after being injured on the field, said the only reason to be in business is to serve the client.

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” he said. “It’s all part of caring about the customers.”

When it comes to contemporary football players, Theismann said he likes Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, despite some problems with his passing accuracy.

“I think he’s going to develop into something special,” Theismann said.

The best team playing today?

“The Green Bay Packers, to me, are unstoppable,” Theismann said.

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