It is difficult for me to post this story about Terry Bradshaw…..who was without a doubt one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks of all time….cuz he played for the Pittsburgh Steelers…..and they were to the AFC what the Dallas Cowboys were to the NFC during the decade of the 1970’s…..in which the Steelers won four AFC Championships (1974, 1975, 1978 and 1979)….. while the Cowboys won five NFC Championships (1970, 1971, 1975, 1977 and 1978)…..however, the Steelers won four Super Bowls (1974, 1975, 1978 and 1979)….while the Cowboys won two Super Bowls (1971 and 1977)…..but Bradshaw’s Steelers beat the Cowboys in Super Bowl X (1975) and Super Bowl XIII (1978) by a total of 8 points in the two game. So, the fact remains that my Cowboys could have won two more Super Bowls during the decade of the 1970’s had it not been for Bradshaw’s Steelers. However, besides those two reasons, both Bone Daddy and I have liked Terry Bradshaw since he was The Blond Bomber at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana …..as he was an outstanding college quarterback….who was considered the best college player in the nation during his junior year in 1969. Plus, Bradshaw has been one of Bone Daddy’s favorite NFL analyst on The NFL Today show and now Fox NFL Sunday show since 1990…..as he has always played the “comic fall guy” on these programs…..albeit he has a really high football IQ. So, with somewhat bittersweet pleasure, I give you the story of Terry Bradshaw.
NFL – 1967 To 1983 – Special – Terry Bradshaw: A Football Life – Narrated By Josh Charles
Terry Bradshaw (born September 2, 1948) is an American former professional football player who was a quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League (NFL). Since 1994, he has been a television sports analyst and co-host of Fox NFL Sunday…..who is also an actor and singer….while having participated in many television shows and films…..with most notably his starring in the movie Failure to Launch….as he also released several country music albums. He played for 14 seasons with Pittsburgh….and won four Super Bowl titles in a six-year period (1974, 1975, 1978, and 1979)…..while becoming the 1st NFL quarterback to win three and then four Super Bowls….as he led the Steelers to eight AFC Central Division championships. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989 in his 1st year of eligibility…..and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996.
NFL – 1970 To 1975 – NFL FIlms – NFL’s Greatest Quarterbacks: Terry Bradshaw – Narrated By John Facenda
Widely considered to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, Bradshaw is known as a tough competitor and for having one of the most powerful arms in NFL history. His physical skills and on-the-field leadership played a major role in the Steelers’ history. During his career, he passed for more than 300 yards in a game only seven times….but three of those performances came in the postseason….with two of those being in Super Bowls. In four career Super Bowl appearances, he passed for 932 yards and 9 touchdowns….which were both Super Bowl records at the time of his retirement. In 19 career postseason games, he completed 261 passes for 3,833 yards.
NFL – 1970 To 1983 – Special – Pittsburgh Steelers History – Terry Bradshaw
Bradshaw was born in Shreveport, Louisiana…..as his father, William “Bill” Bradshaw was a veteran of the United States Navy, a former vice president of manufacturing of the Riley Beaird Company in Shreveport and a Southern Baptist layman…..whereas Terry’s mother, Novis was one of five children of Clifford and Lula Gay of Red River Parish, Louisiana….and he has an older brother, Gary, and a younger brother, Craig.
NCAA Football & NFL – 1966 To 1983 – Special – Louisiana Tech Honors Terry Bradshaw’s Induction Into The Pro Football Hall Of Fame
In Bradshaw’s early childhood, the family lived in Camanche, Iowa…..where he dreamed of playing professional football. When he was a teenager, Bradshaw returned with his family to Shreveport…..where he attended Woodlawn High School…..when he played under coach A. L. Williams….and led the Knights to the AAA state championship game in 1965….but lost 12–9 to the Sulphur Golden Tornadoes. While at Woodlawn, he set a national record for throwing the javelin at 245 feet (74.68 m)…..as his exploits earned him a spot in the Sports Illustrated feature Faces In The Crowd. Bradshaw’s successor as Woodlawn’s starting quarterback was another future NFL standout, Joe Ferguson of the Buffalo Bills…..as Bradshaw’s Steelers would defeat Ferguson’s Bills in a 1974 divisional playoff game.
NCAA Football & NFL – 2020 – Louisiana Legends With Beth Courtney – Interview With Terry Bradshaw On His Career At Louisiana Tech
Bradshaw decided to attend Louisiana Tech University in Ruston….as he still today has much affinity for his alma mater…..where he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Initially, he was 2nd on the depth chart at quarterback behind Phil “Roxie” Robertson…..who would later become famous as the inventor of the Duck Commander duck call…..as well as the television personality on the A&E program Duck Dynasty. When he arrived at Tech in 1966, Bradshaw caused a media frenzy on account of his reputation of being a football sensation from nearby Shreveport. Robertson was a year ahead of Bradshaw….and was the starter for two seasons in 1966 and 1967…..but chose not to play in 1968. As Robertson put it: “I’m going for the ducks, you [Terry] can go for the bucks.”
NCAA Football & NFL – 1966 To 1983 – Special – Interview With Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson On Football And Terry Bradshaw
In 1969, Bradshaw was considered by most professional scouts to be the most outstanding college football player in the nation….when as a junior, he amassed 2,890 total yards….which ranked # 1 in the NCAA…..while leading his team to a 9–2 record….and a 33–13 win over Akron in the Rice Bowl. In his senior season, he gained 2,314 yards, ranking 3rd in the NCAA….and led his team to an 8–2 record…..as his decrease in production was mainly because his team played only 10 games that year…..and he was taken out of several games in the 2nd half because his team had built up a huge lead. Bradshaw graduated owning virtually all Louisiana Tech passing records at the time…..then in 1970, Bradshaw received the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement. In 1984, he was inducted into the inaugural class of the Louisiana Tech Sports Hall of Fame. Four years later, he was inducted into the State of Louisiana’s Sports Hall of Fame.
NCAA Football – 1968 & 1969 – Louisiana Tech Highlights – Featuring QB Terry Bradshaw + WR Tommy Sparks
NCAA Football & News – 2019 – NBC Ch 6 Ruston, LA Special – Terry Bradshaw Speaks At LA Tech Commencement On Happiest Time Of His Life
NCAA Football & Interview – 2013 – Terry Bradshaw Reunites + Interviews Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson
In the 1970 NFL Draft, Bradshaw was the 1st overall player selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers…..who drew the 1st pick in the draft after winning a coin flip tiebreaker with the Chicago Bears….which was due to the teams having identical 1–13 records in 1969. Bradshaw was hailed at the time as the consensus # 1 pick.
NFL – 1970 To 1983 – Pittsburgh Steelers Highlights – Terry Bradshaw’s 1st TD Run + 1st TD Pass + Longest TD Pass + Last TD Pass In His Career
Bradshaw became a starter in his second season after splitting time with Terry Hanratty in his rookie campaign. During his 1st few seasons, the 6’3″, 215-pound quarterback was erratic…..as he threw many interceptions and was widely ridiculed by the media for his rural roots and perceived lack of intelligence. It took Bradshaw several seasons to adjust to the NFL….but he eventually led the Steelers to eight AFC Central championships and four Super Bowl titles on a team that featured the “Steel Curtain” defense….and a powerful running attack led by Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier…..but Bradshaw’s strong arm gave them the threat of the deep pass….which helped to loosen opposing defenses. In 1972, he threw the “Immaculate Reception” pass to Franco Harris to beat the Oakland Raiders in the AFC Divisional playoffs…..which is still today among the most famous plays in NFL history.
NFL – 1972 – NFL Films – “The Immaculate Reception” – Narrated By John Facenda
Bradshaw temporarily lost the starting job to Joe Gilliam in 1974….but he took over again during the regular season…..and in the 1974 AFC Championship Game against the Oakland Raiders, his fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Lynn Swann proved to be the winning score in a 24–13 victory…..then in the Steelers’ 16–6 Super Bowl IX victory over the Minnesota Vikings that followed, Bradshaw completed 9 of 14 passes…..and his fourth-quarter touchdown pass put the game out of reach and helped take the Steelers to their first Super Bowl victory.
NFL – 1974 – Super Bowl IX (Full Game) On NBC – Minnesota Vikings Vs Pittsburgh Steelers
In Super Bowl X following the 1975 season, Bradshaw threw for 209 yards, most of them to Swann, as the Steelers beat the Dallas Cowboys, 21–17….. when his late 4th-quarter 64-yard touchdown pass to Swann….which was released a split-second before defensive tackle Larry Cole flattened him…..as it was selected by NFL Films as the “Greatest Throw of All Time”.
NFL – 1975 – Super Bowl X (Full Game) – Dallas Cowboys Vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Neck and wrist injuries in 1976 forced Bradshaw to miss four games. He was sharp in a 40–14 victory over the Baltimore Colts, completing 14 of 18 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns….but the Steelers’ hopes of a three-peat ended when both of their 1,000-yard rushers, Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier, were injured in the win over the Colts…..as the Steelers subsequently lost to the Oakland Raiders in the AFC Championship game, 24-7. Jack Lambert asserted that the 1976 Steelers team was the best team that he ever played on, including the four Super Bowl teams of which he was a part.
NFL – 1976 – NFL FIlms – “The Measure Of A Champion” – The Story Of The 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers
Bradshaw had his finest season in 1978 when he was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player by the Associated Press after a season in which he completed 207 of 368 passes for 2,915 yards and a league-leading 28 touchdown passes. He was also named All-Pro and All-AFC that year, despite throwing 20 interceptions.
NFL – 1977 – NFL Films – “Six Straight Playoffs And Counting” – The Story Of The 1977 Pittsburgh Steelers – Narrated By John Facenda
Before Super Bowl XIII, a Steelers-Cowboys rematch, Cowboys linebacker Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson famously ridiculed Bradshaw by saying, “He couldn’t spell ‘Cat’ if you spotted him the ‘c’ and the ‘a’.” Bradshaw got his revenge by winning the Most Valuable Player award, completing 17 of 30 passes for a then-record 318 yards and four touchdowns in a 35–31 win. Bradshaw has in later years made light of the ridicule with quips such as “it’s football, not rocket science.”
NFL – 1978 – Super Bowl XIII (Full Game) On NBC – Dallas Cowboys Vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Bradshaw won his 2nd straight Super Bowl MVP award in 1979 in Super Bowl XIV…..when he passed for 309 yards and two touchdowns in a 31–19 win over the Los Angeles Rams. Early in the 4th quarter, with Pittsburgh down 19–17, Bradshaw again turned to the long pass to help engineer a victory with a 73-yard touchdown to John Stallworth. Bradshaw shared Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year award that season with fellow Pittsburgh star Willie Stargell, whose Pirates won the 1979 World Series.
NFL – 1979 – Super Bowl XIV (Full Game) On CBS – Los Angeles Rams Vs Pittsburgh Steelers
After two seasons of missing the playoffs, Bradshaw played through pain…. as he needed a cortisone shot before every game because of an elbow injury sustained during training camp…..which was in a strike-shortened 1982 NFL season. He still managed to tie for the most touchdown passes in the league with 17…..while shining in a 31–28 playoff loss to the San Diego Chargers…. as Bradshaw’s last postseason game, he completed 28-of-39 passes for 325 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
NFL – 1982 – Divisional Playoffs Highlights – Pittsburg Steelers Vs San Diego Chargers – Featuring Terry Bradshaw’s Last Playoff Game
After undergoing off-season elbow surgery….while using the alias “Thomas Brady”, with the actual Brady being six years old at the time…..which caused Bradshaw to be idle for the first 14 games of the 1983 NFL season. Then on December 10, 1983, against the New York Jets, he felt a pop in his elbow while throwing his final pass, a 10-yard touchdown to Calvin Sweeney in the second quarter of the Steelers’ 34–7 win. Bradshaw later left the game and never played again. The two touchdowns Bradshaw threw in what would be the final NFL game played at Shea Stadium allowed him to finish his career with two more touchdowns (212) than interceptions (210).
NFL – 1983 – Game Of Week Highlight – New York Jets Vs Pittsburgh Steelers – Featuring Terry Bradshaw In His Last NFL Game
Bradshaw’s retirement came as a surprise to some…..and in hindsight unplanned on the Steelers’ part…..for before Bradshaw’s elbow problems came about, the team chose to pass up Pitt quarterback Dan Marino in the 1983 NFL Draft as an heir successor to Bradshaw due in part to head coach Chuck Noll wanting to rebuild on defense….and, according to Bill Hillgrove, the Rooney family not wanting Marino to face a lot of pressure in his hometown….while needing to experience life outside of Oakland, where Marino grew up and where the University of Pittsburgh is located. The player the Steelers drafted instead (Gabriel Rivera) only played six games before becoming a quadriplegic following a drunk driving accident….and Marino’s subsequent success with the Miami Dolphins prompted Art Rooney to remind his sons daily until his death that the team “should’ve drafted Marino.” The decision also set the franchise back at quarterback…..while the team would eventually return to being a Super Bowl contender after their rebuilding period during the mid-1980’s…..as the team wouldn’t have a consistent quarterback until Ben Roethlisberger arrived in 2004.
NFL – 1974 To 1979 – Special – Terry Bradshaw’s Super Bowl Highlights
Although the Steelers have not officially retired Bradshaw’s # 12, they have not reissued it since his retirement and it is understood that no Steeler will ever wear it again. In July 1997, Bradshaw served as the presenter when Mike Webster, his center on the Steelers’ Super Bowl XIII and XIV title teams, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
NFL – 1970 To 1983 – NFL Films – “Terry Bradshaw Super Bowl MVP”
In 2006, despite the Steelers being one of the teams playing in the game, Bradshaw did not attend a pregame celebration for past Super Bowl MVPs during Super Bowl XL in Detroit, Michigan….when according to reports, Bradshaw, along with three-time MVP and close friend Joe Montana requested a $100,000 guarantee for his appearance in the Super Bowl MVP Parade, and associated appearances. The NFL could not guarantee that they would make that much and refused…..but a representative for Bradshaw has since denied this report…..whereas, after an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno…..that is when Bradshaw stated that the reason why he did not attend the MVP parade was that he was spending time with family….and that he hates the crowds and the Super Bowl media circus…..plus, he stated that the only way he would attend a Super Bowl is when Fox is broadcasting the game…..albeit Bradshaw did attend several press conferences in Detroit days earlier…..plus, he also stated that money was not an issue.
NFL & Talk Shows – 2012 – Tonight Show With Jay Leno With Guest Terry Bradshaw – Celebrating His 50th Appearance On Show With A Cake Fight
NFL & Talk Show – 2021 – CNBC Prime With Jay Leno – Terry Bradshaw And Jay Leno Talk Sports And Cars While Driving In A ’79 Pontiac Firebird
In April 2006, Bradshaw donated his four Super Bowl rings, College Football Hall of Fame ring, Pro Football Hall of Fame ring, Hall of Fame bust, four miniature replica Super Bowl trophies, and a helmet and jersey from one of his Super Bowl victories to his alma mater, Louisiana Tech.
NFL & Comedy – 1999 – NFL On FOX – Jimmy Kimmel As Terry Bradshaw
On November 5, 2007, during a nationally televised Monday Night Football game, Bradshaw joined former teammates including Franco Harris and Joe Greene to accept their position on the Pittsburgh Steelers 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.
NFL – 1970 To 1983 – NFL Films – “The Great Terry Bradshaw” – Narrated By John Facenda
Bradshaw retired from football on July 24, 1984, and quickly signed a television contract with CBS to become an NFL game analyst in 1984….when he and play-by-play announcer Verne Lundquist had the top rated programs. Prior to his full-time work for them, he served as a guest commentator for CBS Sports’ NFC postseason broadcasts from 1980–82. Bradshaw was then promoted to television studio analyst for The NFL Today show in 1990….. which he hosted with Greg Gumbel through the 1993 season. In 1994, with the Fox network establishing its sports division with their purchase of NFL TV rights…..that is when Bradshaw joined Fox NFL Sunday…..where he normally acts as a comic foil to his co-hosts. On Fox NFL Sunday he hosts two semi-regular features, Ten Yards with TB….where he fires random questions at an NFL pro…..along with The Terry Awards….which is an annual comedic award show about the NFL season. As a cross-promotional stunt, he also hosted two consecutive Digi-Bowl specials in 2001 and 2002 on Fox Kids…..while providing commentary from the NFL on Fox studio in-between episodes of Digimon: Digital Monsters…..which was the 2002 special for the final one …..as the Fox Kids block ended the same year. He also appeared on the 1st broadcast of NASCAR on FOX…..where he took a ride with Dale Earnhardt at Daytona International Speedway the night before Earnhardt was killed in a last lap crash in the Daytona 500…..plus, Bradshaw also waved the green flag at the start of the ill-fated race.
Auto Racing & NFL – 2001 – Daytona 500 – Pre-Race Show With Terry Bradshaw Taking A Lap With Dale Earnhardt On His Last Night On Earth
Bradshaw has the reputation of being the “ol’ redneck”….but, in co-host and former NFL coach Jimmy Johnson’s words, the act is a “schtick.” According to Johnson, Bradshaw deflects such criticism by stating that “he’s so dumb that he has to have somebody else fly his private plane.” Bradshaw has also garnered the reputation for criticizing players and teams. Following Super Bowl XLVI he was confronted by Ann Mara, wife of the late Wellington Mara, and “heckled” for not picking the Giants to win on Fox NFL Sunday. For his work in broadcasting, Bradshaw has won three Sports Emmy Awards as a studio analyst.
NFL & Talk Show – 2021 -The Dan Patrick Show – Interview With Terry Bradshaw
During the early part of his career with the Steelers, Bradshaw was a used car salesman during the off-season to supplement his income…..as this was still during the days when most NFL players didn’t make enough money to focus solely on football. In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, Bradshaw sold peanut butter with his name and image on the label…..as commercials were run on television in the Shreveport market.
NFL & Talk Show – 2021 – Moose & Maggie Show – Terry Bradshaw Talks Jets Draft Of Zach Wilson + Rips Into Rodgers For Trade Demands + More
Bradshaw has also written or co-written five books and recorded six albums of country/western and gospel music. His cover of “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” hit Top 20 on Billboard’s country chart….(and # 91 on the Hot 100 in 1976….while two other tunes, “The Last Word In Lonesome Is Me” and “Until You” also made the country charts.
NFL & Music – 2015 – Terry Bradshaw Sings “What A Day That Will Be” With The Isaacs at Clawson Assembly of God, Pollok, Tx
Music & NFL – 1914 – Terry Bradshaw – “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”
Music & NFL – 2016 – Terry Bradshaw + The Isaacs – “Peaceful Easy Feeling”
NFL & Music – 2017 – Country Pop Special – Terry Bradshaw Sings “Jambalaya”
In 2001, Bradshaw entered the world of NASCAR by joining with HighLine Performance Group racing team to form FitzBradshaw Racing. He also is the spokesman for Jani-King international, Inc…..as Bradshaw ended his ownership in 2006.
Auto Racing – 2020 – NASCAE At Texas Motor Speedway – With Grand Marshall Terry Bradshaw Barking Out “Drivers Start Your Engines” With Daughter Rachel Singing “God Bless America”
Among U.S. consumers, Bradshaw remains one of pro football’s most popular retired players. As of September 2007, Bradshaw was the top-ranked former pro football player in the Davie-Brown Index (DBI), which surveys consumers to determine a celebrity’s appeal and trust levels.
NFL & Talk Shows – 2018 – The Five On Fox – With Guest Terry Bradshaw
Bradshaw has been married four times…..when he was first married to Melissa Babish (Miss Teenage America, 1969) from 1972–73…..to ice skater JoJo Starbuck from 1976–83…..0and to family attorney Charla Hopkins, who is the mother of his two daughters, Rachel and Erin, from 1983-99…..as Erin Bradshaw shows champion paint and quarter horses and is an honors graduate of the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas…..while Rachel Bradshaw is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee and appeared in Nashville (2007), a reality television series about young musicians trying to make it in Nashville, and is the widow of former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas. The first three of Bradshaw’s marriages have all ended in divorce, a subject he ridicules frequently on his NFL pre-game show. Bradshaw was married for the fourth time, on July 8, 2014, to Tammy, his girlfriend of 15 years.
NFL & Specials – 2021 – The Truth About Terry Bradshaw’s Daughters Revealed
Game Show & NFL – 2019 – Celebrity Family Fued – Tammy Bradshaw’s Answer Stuns Steve Harvey! But wait…
NFL & Talk Shows – 2020 – People TV Interviews Tammy + Terry Bradshaw – Tammy Admits It Took 3 Months Of Dating Terry Before She Realized He Was A Steeler
After his NFL career ended, Bradshaw disclosed that he had frequently experienced anxiety attacks after games…..as the problem worsened in the late 1990’s after his 3rd divorce….when he said he “could not bounce back” as he had after the previous divorces or after a bad game. In addition to anxiety attacks, his symptoms included weight loss, frequent crying, and sleeplessness….and that is when he was diagnosed with clinical depression. Since then he has taken Paxil regularly. He chose to speak out about his depression to overcome the stigma associated with it…..and to urge others to seek help. Bradshaw’s anxieties about appearing in public, away from the controlled environment of a television studio, led to an unintentional estrangement from the Steelers. When team founder and owner Art Rooney died in 1988, Bradshaw did not attend his funeral. A year later, during his Hall of Fame induction speech, Bradshaw made a point of saluting his late boss and friend, pointing to the sky and saying, “Art Rooney … boy, I tell you, I loved that man.” Still, Bradshaw never returned to Three Rivers Stadium for a Steelers game. When the last regular-season game was played there on December 16, 2000, Bradshaw was with the Fox NFL Sunday crew…..while doing their pre-game show aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman …..as Fox covered the game live. Bradshaw expressed regret that he could not be there….but would later say privately that he did not feel he could face the crowds.
NFL – 1970 To 1983 – Special – Terry Bradshaw Career Highlights
It would not be until September 2002, when fellow Hall of Fame teammate and longtime friend Mike Webster died, that Bradshaw finally returned to Pittsburgh to attend his friend’s funeral. In October 2002, Bradshaw returned to the Steelers sideline for the 1st time in twenty years for a Monday night game between the Steelers and the Indianapolis Colts…..then in 2003, when the Steelers played the 1,000th game in franchise history, Fox covered the game at Heinz Field….and Bradshaw returned to cover the game. In addition to appearing to take his position on the Steelers All-Time Team in 2007 as part of the team’s 75th-anniversary festivities, he also was on the sideline for the 2007 home opener, where the Steelers earned their 500th regular-season win.
NFL – 1974 To 1979 – NFL Films – “Bradshaw To Stallworth & Swann = Four Super Bowl Wins”
Politically, Bradshaw is a long-time supporter of the Republican Party. In 2012, he went on record on Fox News as supporting the candidacy of Newt Gingrich for the Republican presidential nomination. In the same interview, he also labeled linebacker Terrell Suggs “an idiot” for making comments critical of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow’s public remarks about his Christian faith, saying Suggs “better be careful; if I were him I’d be on my hands and knees tonight asking for forgiveness because that’s totally unacceptable.”
NFL & News – 2015 – The Ronald Reagan Foundation Presents – “An Evening With Terry Bradshaw”
While Terry Bradshaw never had any problems with the Rooney family, he had a complicated relationship with Steelers head coach Chuck Noll. Noll and Bradshaw had an uneasy relationship during his playing days….with Bradshaw stating that he felt that Noll was too hard on him and never liked him….albeit the two made peace (at least publicly) before Noll’s death in 2014. In an interview with NFL Films in 2016 for an episode of A Football Life about Noll, Bradshaw felt that the two had too much of a culture clash with their personalities. Bradshaw also stated that Noll belittled him constantly…..and wanted positive reinforcement instead of “being grabbed at”. In the same episode, however, former Steelers public relations director Joe Gordon characterized the animosity as “a one-way street,”….with former teammate Jack Ham adding that Noll “insulated” Bradshaw from certain issues…..while taking a “rest of us be damned” approach with the other players. In an archival interview, Noll described his relationship with Bradshaw as “professional” and “business-like”…..and that his personality needed to conform with the team….while adding that “it worked, even if Bradshaw didn’t like it.” Nonetheless, Bradshaw chose not to attend Noll’s funeral despite being in Pittsburgh at the time.
NFL – 1970 To 1983 – Special – Terry Bradshaw Highlights Put To Music – “Awesome Throws And Catches”
Bradshaw has appeared in numerous television commercials…..with the most recent being a series of live-ads for Tide detergent along with his Fox Sports co-host Curt Menefee…..where Bradshaw shows up with a shirt stain on what appeared to be live TV from the Fox broadcast booth at Super Bowl LI…..and then washes it with Tide at the house of Jeffrey Tambor. The teasers leading up to the Super Bowl showed Tambor initially taking his shirts to Rob Gronkowski’s dry cleaners only to see the sleeves get ripped out. Near the end of the Super Bowl, Menefee spills coffee on his shirt….but Tambor who is watching on TV refuses to help out.
TV Ads – 2017 – Tide Detergent With Terry Bradshaw + Jeffrey Tambor
TV Ads – 2021 – Frito Lay With Beast Mode + Montana & Rice + Peyton, Eli & Archie Manning + Terry Bradshaw & The Bus
TV Ads – 2014 – Terry Bradshaw Commercial – “A World Without Football On Fox”
TV Ads – 1997 – Miller Lite With Terry Bradshaw + James Brown
TV Ads – 2018 – Tide Detergent With Terry Bradshaw + David Harbour
TV Ads – 2007 – Cottman Transmissions With Terry Bradshaw
Bradshaw has had cameo appearances in many shows as himself, including Brotherly Love, Everybody Loves Raymond, Married… with Children, Modern Family, The Larry Sanders Show and The League. He also appeared on Malcolm in the Middle with Howie Long as the trashy coach of a women’s ice hockey team. He hosted a short-lived television series in 1997 called Home Team with Terry Bradshaw.
NFL – 2017 – Special – Terry Bradshaw Interviews Tom Brady After Super Bowl LI
In addition to his television work, Bradshaw has appeared in several movies, including a part in the 1978 film Hooper….which starred Burt Reynolds, Jan-Michael Vincent and Sally Field…..and he made an appearance in the 1981 film The Cannonball Run…..then in 1980, he had a cameo in Smokey and the Bandit II…..which starred Burt Reynolds, Jerry Reed, and Sally Field. He made a guest appearance in The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. in 1994…. while playing Colonel Forrest March, a rogue U.S. Army officer who gave orders to his squad….which were played by NFL members Ken Norton, Jr., Carl Banks and Jim Harbaugh in a huddle using football diagrams.
Movie Clips & NFL – 1976 – Scene From Movie “Cannonball Run” – With Mel Tillis + Terry Bradshaw
Movie Clips & NFL – 1976 – Scene From Movie “Hooper” – With Burt Reynolds + Terry Bradshaw + Brian Keith + Sally Fields
Movie Clips & NFL – 1976 – Scene From“The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.” – With Terry Bradshaw + Carl Banks + Jim Harbaugh + Ken Norton Jr.
Movie Clips & NFL – 1976 – Scene From “Smokey And The Bandit II – With Burt Reynolds + Sally Fields + Jackie Gleason + Terry Bradshaw
Bradshaw appeared on Jeff Foxworthy’s short-lived sitcom, The Jeff Foxworthy Show as a motivational speaker for people needing to change their lives. Bill Engvall’s character is affected by Bradshaw’s rantings about witchcraft and voodoo in his pre-game warm-ups.
NFL & Talk Shows – 2013 – Michael & Kelly Show – As Kelly Interviews The Fox NFL Sunday Hosts – Kurt Menefee + Howie Long + Jimmie Johnson + Jay Glazer + Michael Strahan + Terry Bradshaw
On October 11, 2001, Bradshaw received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame….as the 1st NFL player to do so….with Terry Crews being the 2nd.
NFL & Hollywood – 2001 – Terry Bradshaw Receives Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame
In 2006, Bradshaw returned to the silver screen in the motion picture Failure to Launch…..when he and Kathy Bates played the parents of Matthew McConaughey’s character…..when in one notable scene he appeared nude, which his own daughters, who were teenagers at the time, didn’t even know about until they saw the movie’s premiere with their grandmother….and was half-heartedly warned by Bradshaw just moments before the scene……as Bradshaw’s nude scene would be referenced by Jay Leno….who spent an entire segment mocking during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He mentioned on May 23, 2008, on The Tonight Show that he has been a guest 37 times….and that 34 of them were on a Friday…..which happens to be the lowest watched night of television…..as he pleasantly joked with Jay about being a ‘filler’ guest…..when he made a similar reference in an appearance in March of 2010…..while stating he was asked to be a guest because of a cancellation. Jay stated that at least he was not appearing on Friday, which hosts the more well-known celebrity guests. As of December 28, 2012, Bradshaw has made 50 appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Movie Clips & NFL – 2006 – Trailer For Movie “Failure To Launch” – With Matthew McConaughey + Terry Bradshaw
Movie & NFL – 2012 – MovieFone Unscripted – “Failure To Launch” With Matthew McConaughey + Terry Bradshaw
He is also a devout Christian and wrote the book Terry Bradshaw: Man of Steel with broadcaster Dave Diles. Since 2010, Bradshaw has been hosting television shows produced by United States Media Television.
Music – 2015 – Terry Bradshaw – “What A Day That Will Be”
NFL & Interview – 2005 – Christian Broadcast Network Special With Scott Ross Interview Of Terry Bradshaw – “Jesus Changed My Life”
In 2016 and 2018, Bradshaw had a leading role in the NBC reality-travel series Better Late Than Never…..where he travels around the world with William Shatner, Henry Winkler, George Foreman and Jeff Dye. In 2017, he had a supporting role as a fictionalized version of himself in the comedy film Father Figures. On January 16, 2019, he was revealed on the 3rd episode of The Masked Singer to be The Deer. On January 2, 2020, he was on the season 8 premiere of Last Man Standing. On September 17, 2020, Terry and family premiered in the new E! reality show The Bradshaw Bunch.
Music & NFL – 2019 – The Masked Singer – The Deer Performance And Reveal – With Terry Bradshaw
NFL & Reality TV – 2020 – E! TV – Meet The “Bradshaw Bunch” Starring Terry Bradshaw And Family
As I come to the conclusion of this story about Terry Bradshaw….it has become obviously clear that The Blond Bomber has come a long way since his days at Louisiana Tech…..when he was throwing bombs to his wide receivers while leading the nation in passing in 1968…..and becoming a 1st Team All American his junior and senior year…..while following his college career with four Super Bowls wins during his 14 year NFL career….then manning the mike as an NFL analyst for Fox NFL Sunday for 27 years…..and then having success on television and in movies….plus being a successful music recording artist and author of a handful of books…..for there is no doubt that this self-proclaimed “Country Bumpkin” was a man of many talents….who knew how to make money, since his current net worth is in excess of $45 million dollars….and that is after some major hits to his pocket book throughout his career. So, any way you cut the pie, this country boy from Shreveport, Louisiana excelled at danged near everything that he did…..and although he was pedestrian in some regards….like throwing 212 NFL touchdown passes while having been intercepted 210 times throughout his career…..the fact remains that when it came to the big games and needing big plays….he was the gold standard for perfection….like winning four out of four Super Bowls….with big plays to Lynn Swann, John Stallworth and Franco Harris.
NFL & Golf – 1989 – Special – Hilarious Terry Bradshaw Golf Clip
NFL & Talk Shows – 2018 – Jimmy Kimmel Live With Terry Bradshaw – As He Tells Story Of His Awesome 70th Birthday Party Thrown By His Wife