The first player selected in the 1970 NFL Draft, sports speaker Terry Bradshaw is considered the most outstanding college senior. Once in the league, he became a dominant quarterback who led the Pittsburgh Steelers to eight AFC Central championships and four Super Bowl titles in a six year period from 1974-1979.
Sports Speaker Terry Bradshaw powerful throwing arm mixed with his physical skills and leadership made for one effective athlete. Terry played a vital role in every one of the Pittsburgh’s championship seasons. In Super Bowl IX, Terry Bradshaw completed the victory over the Minnesota Vikings and fulfilled 9 of 14 passes and his tremendous passes put the game out of reach to help the Steelers clench their first Super Bowl Victory.
A devout Christian, Terry had a second ‘conversion’ experience and realized that he had lost touch with God and decided to devote more of his time to God and put his work and life in His hands. The following season, in Super Bowl X, he threw for 209 yards, and the Steelers beat the Dallas Cowboys 21-27. Unfortunately, neck and wrist injuries in 1976 had forced him to miss four games but his finest season came in 1978 when he was named MVP by the AP after his season ended with 207 out of 368 completed passes. He was then named All-Pro and All-AFC.
His second Super Bowl MVP was awarded in 1979 in Super Bowl XIV and he passed for 309 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 31-19 win over the LA Rams. His final game was played on December 10, 1983 against the New York Jets after he felt a pop in his elbow while throwing his final pass to Calvin Sweeney in the Steelers’ 34-7 win. His final stats in his 14 season career contain 2,025 of 3,901 passes for 27,989 yards and 212 touchdowns. He rushed 444 times for 2,257 yards and 32 touchdowns, was 107-51 as the starting quarterback and helped the Steelers reach the playoffs 10 times.
In 1983, Terry Bradshaw retired from football and soon after signed a television contract with CBS to become an NFL game analyst in 1984 as the play-by-play announcer with the top rated programs. Before he began his full time work, he served as a guest commentator for CBS Sports’ postseason broadcasts for the NFL. In 2006, Terry 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.
Terry introduced the Terry Bradshaw Peanut Butter in the early 1980’s and has co-written five books and six albums of country/western and gospel music. In 2001, he joined HighLine Performance Group racing team to form FitzBradshaw Racing. Terry has made TV appearances on Everybody Loves Raymond, Malcolm in the Middle, Married…with Children and The League. In 2006, he starred in the movie Failure to Launch playing the role of Matthew McConaughey’s father. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is the first and only NFL player to do so. Terry Bradshaw is available for golf outings, speaking engagements, and personal appearances.