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Former NFL great Joe Theismann motivates Oklahoma crowd

Former Washington Redskins quarterback and ESPN NFL analyst shared his faith during the “Breakfast of Champions” held Friday to promote the “Weekend of Champions” prison ministry planned for April 4-6 in Oklahoma.
BY CARLA HINTON chinton@opubco.com Published: March 16, 2013
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A former NFL quarterback in Oklahoma on Friday for a prison ministry event talked about the night the Lord grabbed hold of his heart for good.

Joe Theismann, former Washington Redskins quarterback and NFL analyst for ESPN, told of his unforgettable evening of pain and glory during the 2013 “Breakfast of Champions” at the Petroleum Club in downtown Oklahoma City.

The event was held to raise funds and promote the Oklahoma City “Weekend of Champions” set for April 4-6.

As part of the prison ministry, church volunteers, athletes and entertainers will visit prisons throughout the state to share the Gospel.

The weekend is part of the Bill Glass Champions for Life international evangelistic prison ministry.

Ron Murray, Oklahoma coordinator, said about 14 prisons will be targeted. He said the ministry effort will expand into schools this year with a program called “Champions for Today,” with athletes and other adults encouraging students to make positive life decisions.

Murray, who lives in Norman, said Theismann came to motivate volunteers and supporters for the weekend of ministry that lies ahead.

Theismann, saying he knows firsthand how the Lord can change a person's life, talked about the night that ultimately ended his football career.

In addition to setting numerous records, Theismann led the Redskins to win the Super Bowl in 1982. In November 1985, as the Redskins battled the New York Giants, he suffered a compound fracture of his leg after being sacked.

Theismann said he remembers being wheeled out of the stadium with more than 50,000 people giving him a standing ovation. He said he learned soon enough that his career as an NFL star was over.

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How to help

Weekend of Champions

• Who: Volunteers from area churches.

• When: April 4-6.

• Where: Prisons throughout Oklahoma.

• Registration: www.BillGlass.org/okcity. Deadline is Tuesday.

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