Desoto County Sports

AutoZone Liberty Bowl to honor Joe Theismann with Distinguished Citizen Award

Former Notre Dame and NFL Washington quarterback Joe Theismann will be the guest of honor and will receive the AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s most prestigious recognition, the Distinguished Citizen Award, on June 2.

Theismann will receive the award at the Hilton Memphis Hotel. A cocktail reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the award presentation at 6:30 p.m.

A live auction and silent auction will also be held during the evening, with 100 percent of all proceeds going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The 29th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl Golf Classic will be held the following day, Monday, June 3 at TPC Southwind.

“Joe joins a decades-long list of renowned Americans who have distinguished themselves and reached the pinnacle of their chosen field,” said Steve Ehrhart, Executive Director of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. “We are proud to include Joe among the nationally-known luminaries who have been honored by the AutoZone Liberty Bowl over our 66-year history.”

About Joe Theismann:

  • All-American quarterback at Notre Dame
  • Heisman Trophy Runner-Up in 1970
  • Super Bowl Champion in 1982
  • NFL Man of the Year in 1982
  • NFL MVP in 1983
  • Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003
  • Commentator for ESPN, ABC, NFL Network
  • Has appeared in numerous television shows and movies, including the Hallmark Channel