Terry Bradshaw an American Football Icon

Terry Paxton Bradshaw was an American football quarterback who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League.

He played for 14 seasons with Pittsburgh, won four Super Bowl titles in a six-year period (1975, 1976, 1979, and 1980), becoming the first quarterback to win three and four Super Bowls, and led the Steelers to eight AFC championships. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989, his first year of eligibility.

During his first few years, Bradshaw struggled to find his footing with the team. Some people made jokes about his intelligence, calling him “dumb” and the “Bayou Bumpkin,” but in the 1974 season he showed his opponents and critics that he was a force to be reckoned with. Bradshaw helped lead the team to a Super Bowl victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

The next year, he and his teammates took on Dallas Cowboys to win the Super Bowl again. These two teams faced off in 1978 for Super Bowl XIII with Steelers winning by a narrow margin, 35 to 31. Bradshaw was selected as the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the NFL Player of the Year for his accomplishments on the field.

With an arm like a rocket, Bradshaw continued his success as quarterback for the Steelers. He won the Super Bowl MVP award again in 1980 after helping his team defeat the Los Angeles Rams. Unfortunately, he began having difficulty with the muscles in one of his elbows. Bradshaw had surgery to correct the problem, but he returned to play too soon and ended up with permanent damage. He retired in 1984.

Having been a guest commentator for CBS Sports over the years, Bradshaw became one of the network’s game analysts. He eventually joined the staff of the show The NFL Today. After ten years with CBS, Bradshaw jumped ship for Fox Sports in 1994. He became one of the co-hosts and analysts on Fox NFL Sunday. With a sharp strategic mind and a warm sense of humor, Bradshaw has become one of football’s most popular commentators.

Information courtesy of Wikipedia and the NFL


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