JACKSON COUNTY, W. Va. (WTAP) - Former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann was the keynote speaker at a Jackson County community benefit dinner on Thursday.
The dinner was a celebration of the local non-profit organizations that donate to the community.
Theismann spoke of many topics in his speech. He talked about how his career path changed once he broke his leg in his last NFL game. He also thanked everyone multiple times for continuously giving back to the community, as that is something he takes to heart.
After his football career, Theismann went into a broadcast career and became a public speaker, and has been speaking at events like the one in Jackson County for many years. The message he wanted to stress was that people were put on Earth to serve others, and not to be selfish.
"I was one of those people who was a taker all my life," said Theismann. "After I got hurt... I realized that we are not on this earth to be served, we're on this earth to serve people, and that's really what the foundation is doing."
This was Theismann's first visit to the Jackson County area, but he said it reminded him of the small town that he grew up in, and he felt right at home.