Card of the Day: Joe Girardi 2001 Upper Deck Vintage #213

Card of the Day: Joe Flacco 2008 Topps #335

Card of the Day: Joe Charboneau 1981 Fleer #397

Card of the Day: Joe Morgan 1984 Topps #210

Card of the Day: Joe Montana 1997 Upper Deck Legends #178

Card of the Day: Joe Burrow 2020 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini Framed Auto

Card of the Day: Joe Kelly 2014 Topps Turkey Red Auto

Card of the Day: Joe Mauer 2014 Topps Snoopy SP Variation #125

Card of the Day: Joe DiMaggio 2005 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic Jumbo Patch

Pin Highlight: Lawrence Taylor vs. Joe Theismann – Spring-Loaded Leg Break Pin

Monday Night Football.  November 18, 1985.  Redskins vs. Giants.  Football historians remember this game all because of one play.  Washington’s quarterback Joe Theismann was sacked by linebacker Lawrence Taylor.  While falling to the ground, Taylor’s knee drove right into Theismann’s lower right leg.  As you can imagine, Theismann’s leg snapped like a twig.  The compound fracture forced him to retire at age 36.  Even though Taylor has apologized numerous times, Theismann has never blamed him for the career ending injury.

Little to no officially licensed merchandise depicting this iconic injury can be found.  Its not uncommon for cards to feature both players.  Photos of the play are the main item you’ll find.

Many years ago I came across this pin on eBay.  There are no team names/logos, player names, or anything to officially connect the Giants, Redskins, Lawrence Taylor, or Joe Theismann to it.  But just looking at it we all know what’s going on.  The player who is suppose to be Joe Theismann even has a spring-loaded leg to recreate the classic break.

Who made this pin?  How many were made?  Who distributed them?  These are all great questions.  Unfortunately, I don’t have the answers.  This is the only one I’ve seen.