Mr. Piniella started his career as an outfielder in the major leagues. He played sixteen seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees. During his playing career, he was named AL Rookie of the Year in 1969 and captured two World Series championships with the Yankees in 1977 and 1978.
He was nicknamed "Sweet Lou", both for his swing as a major league hitter and, facetiously, to describe his demeanor as a player and manager.
Mr. Theismann is a former professional football player i nthe NFL and CFL. He is a sports commentator, corporate speaker and restaurateur. Just a little side note, I ate at his restaurant in He played quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) and Canadian Football League (CFL), achieving his most enduring fame in 12 seasons with the Washington Redskins, where he was a two-time Pro Bowler and helped the team to consecutive Super Bowl appearances, winning Super Bowl XVII and losing Super Bowl XVIII. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003.
Following his retirement from football in 1985 after a career-ending injury, Theismann worked as a sportscaster and an analyst on pro football broadcasts with ESPN for nearly 20 years. He primarily partnered with Mike Patrick, for the network's Sunday Night Football package and for one season of Monday Night Football with Mike Tirico and Tony Kornheiser. Theismann also worked as a color analyst on NFL Network's Thursday Night Football package with play-by-play voice Bob Papa and Matt Millen.
1. What advice would you give to a teenager?
“Study in school, be careful of the situations you find yourself in, be smart, and enjoy life. That’s what I told my teenagers.”
2. What’s the greatest lesson you’ve ever learned?
“It’s interesting you say that because I believe don’t let anyone ever anyone tell you can’t do something. Don’t let anyone else tell you what you can and cannot do in your life. That’s the greatest lesson any of us can learn. It’s the greatest lesson I’ve learned and it’s something I try to share.”
3. I know you’re a guy who has been traveling for most of your adult life, so you must have had a plethora of interesting conversations while traveling. What’s the most interesting conversation you’ve had while on a plane?
“I was on an airplane with an astrophysicist and I was learning about galaxies and the stars and after I got off the plane I had absolutely no idea what the person was talking about but she was extremely impressive, and I just walked off going ‘I am really not a smart person’”
4. What’s your favorite experience as a scout?
“I remember using two sticks to make fire. That was really cool. I also remember my first camping trip. The tree frogs were so loud I couldn’t get any sleep the whole night.”
5. What’s your favorite joke?
“This isn’t so much a favorite joke but a funny story about how fear could motivate us. I was at a hotel, late at night, and I asked the lady at the front desk where a good place to eat was. She said there was a restaurant across the street. What she neglected to tell me was that I would have to walk through a cemetery to get there. I was walking through this commentary until suddenly I fell into a grave. I tried to climb and climb and climb my way out, but I couldn’t do it. Then, the analytic brain of a quarterback kicked in, and it dawned on me that it was 4:00am, pitch black, and if I started screaming for help, who in their right mind would come and get me? Because of this I thought it best to wait until the morning. After twenty minutes of waiting, another man fell down the grave. He didn’t see me. He tried to climb and climb and climb his way out but he wasn’t able to. Then he said out loud, ‘I can’t believe I got stuck down here”. In response I said, ‘neither can I’. Within two seconds flat he was out of that grave and sprinting for his life.”