Staubach, Theismann talk QB play; Allen pushes Beathard for Hall

Roger Staubach photo courtesy Dallas Cowboys

DALLAS - SEPTEMBER 25, 1977: Quarterback Roger Staubach, of the Dallas Cowboys, sets up to pass the ball during a game on September 25, 1977 against the New York Giants at Texas Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Roger Staubach7701 Diamond Images®


(Roger Staubach photos courtesy Dallas Cowboys)

Talk of Fame Network

It’s Hall-of-Fame weekend, and the Talk of Fame Network sits down with Roger Staubach, one of the winningest quarterbacks who ever played, to discuss the state of the game and the state of the quarterback position in today’s NFL.

“When you’ve got the Mel Blounts of the world sitting on top of your receivers … it’s pretty tough,’’ Staubach said of his day. “Once they opened the game up, the passing game became a bigger part of the game. I’d love to be part of the new rules. Those rules are advantageous today to the offense.’’

Yet whether you measure quarterbacks of Staubach’s day or now, he believes the key element to success remains unchanged: Accurate throwing and command of the mental side of the game.

“There’s got to be a physical component, but I think the mental aspect is just as important,’’ Staubach said. “It’s really critical you transfer that confidence you have to have as a quarterback to your teammates.’’

Staubach tells Talk of Fame Network hosts Ron Borges, Rick Gosselin and Clark Judge when he went off to Vietnam from the Naval Academy in 1965 he had no notion that he’d end up in the NFL. It was not until he went to a Dallas Cowboys’ training camp for two weeks while on leave that he felt he’d “give a go at pro football.’’

The Cowboys and pro football were fortunate he did.

Also joining the guys are former Redskins’ quarterback Joe Theismann and Washington club president Bruce Allen to discuss the Hall-of-Fame candidacy of former Redskins’ and Chargers’ GM Bobby Beathard, who had a part in seven Super Bowl teams during his long career in personnel.


(Bruce Allen photo courtesy of the Washington Redskins)

Allen also assesses present Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins and Washington’s chances of finally getting back to the top of the NFL after decades of mediocrity.

Ron states the Hall-of-Fame case for former Rams’ wide receiver Henry Ellard, who lost the first five years of his career downfield blocking for Eric Dickerson yet still ranked third all-time in receiving yards and fourth in receptions when he retired in 1997.

His resume has never been discussed by the Hall’s voters, an oversight Ron would like to see corrected.

The guys also discuss the incoming Hall-of-Fame Class of 2016 and how this wild weekend in Canton may go — not only with the memory of Ken Stabler in the air but with former 49ers’ owner Eddie DeBartolo planning one of the biggest induction parties in Canton history.

The three also engage in a debate with fellow Hall-of-Fame voter Mike Sando of ESPN over the Hall of Fame credentials of one of the game’s greatest return men, Devin Hester, as Hester looks for a new team to play for this season.

You can hear it all free on their weekly podcast on iTunes, on 80 radio stations from coast-to-coast, by using the TuneIn app or by simply going to the Talk of Fame Network website at and click on the microphone icon.

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