Terry Bradshaw

Terry Bradshaw

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Terry Bradshaw is an American former professional football player and a quarterback in the National Football Leauge as well as four times Superbowl winner. Terry Bradshaw is a sports analyst and co-host of Fox NFL Sunday. He is famous for his acting skills where he appeared in Brotherly love, Modern family, and failure to launch.

Early life and Chidhood

Terry Bradshaw is a former American football player, businessman, sports analyst and actor (72 years old) was born on September 2, 1948, in Shreveport, Los Angeles, United State. Moreover, his full name is Terry Paxton Bradshaw. His father’s name is William Marvin “Bill” Bradshaw and his mother’s name is Novis Bradshaw. He has two siblings, Gary and Craig Bradshaw. He belongs to Mixed (English, German, Swiss, French and Irish) ethnicity and follows the Christian religion.

As of his education, he studied at Woodlawn high school in Shreveport LA where he played football. Later, he joined Louisiana Tech University and began playing football there.

Professional Life

College career

He chose to attend Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. He has several affinities for his alma mater and is a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Initially, he became second on the depth chart at quarterback behind Phil “Roxie” Robertson, who would next become famous as the inventor of the Duck Commander duck call and television personality on the A&E program Duck Dynasty.

In 1969, he became the most professional scouts to be the most outstanding college football player in the nation. Likewise, he graduated owning virtually all Louisiana Tech passing records at the time. In 1984, he inducted into the inaugural class of the Louisiana Tech sports hall of fame. He was inducted into the state of Louisiana’s sports hall of fame four years later.

Pittsburgh Steelers and Super Bowl Championships

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 during the 1974 season, he showed his opponents and critics that he was a force to be reckoned with by leading the Steelers to a Super Bowl victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

Further, the next year, he and his teammates took on the 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 and the NFL Player of the Year for his accomplishments on the field.

Similarly, with an arm like a cannon, Bradshaw continued to succeed as the quarterback of 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.

Moreover, Bradshaw had surgery to correct the problem, but he returned before he was fully healthy and ended up with permanent damage, forcing his retirement after just one game played in 1983. Bradshaw was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989, his first year of eligibility.

Terry Bradshaw

Caption: Terry Bradshaw playing in the Super Bowl
(Source: Behind the Steel Curtain)

Sports Commentator

Furthermore, 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 10 years with CBS, Bradshaw jumped ship for Fox Sports in 1994. Later, 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 emerged as one of football’s most popular commentators.

Author, Singer, and Actor

In addition to his broadcast work, Bradshaw is an author, singer, actor and motivational speaker. He has written several bestsellers, including It’s Only a Game (2001). A born-again Christian, he has recorded gospel and country music, scoring a Top 10 hit in 1976 with his cover of Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”

Moreover, Bradshaw has also appeared in several films and television shows, including Failure to Launch (2006), with Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker. Beginning in 2016, he joined William Shatner, Henry Winkler and George Foreman for two seasons of the reality travel series Better Late Than Never.

In January 2019, the media personality announced he was debuting his Terry Bradshaw Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey in partnership with Silver Screen Bottling Company.

Business career

Bradshaw was a used car salesman during the off-season to supplement his income during the early part of his career with the Steelers.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he even sold peanut butter with his name and image on the label. He also ran on television in the Shreveport market.

He has even 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”reach Top 20 on Billboard’s country chart (and No. 91 on the Hot 100) in 1976.

In 2001, he joined the world of NASCAR by connecting with the HighLine Performance Group racing team to form FitzBradshaw Racing. He even is the spokesman for Jani-King International, Inc. However, he ended his ownership in 2006.

Among U.S. consumers, he remains one of pro football’s most popular retired players. As of September 2007, he became the top-ranked former pro football player in the Davie-Brown Index (DBI), which inspects consumers to determine a celebrity’s appeal and trust levels.

On January 2, 2020, he appeared on the season 8 premiere of Last Man Standing.

Net Worth

Terry Bradshaw

Caption: Terry Bradshaw
(Sources: Celebrity Net Worth)

Bradshaw has an estimated Net Worth of around $16 million. His salary seems to be around $4 million annually. The sources of his income came from being a football player, Tv host, actor, and singer.

Personal life and Marriage

Terry Bradshaw

Caption: Terry Bradshaw with Tammy Bradshaw
(Sources: Pinterest)

Terry has already been married four times. He married the American model, and Philanthropist Tammy Bradshaw on July 8, 2014, who was his girlfriend for 15 years.  He married Miss Teenage America, 1969 Melissa Babish from 1972 to 1973. Then they married to ice skater JoJo Starbuck from 1976 to 1983. After that, he married family attorney Charla Hopkins from 1983 to 1999. She was the mother of her two children, Rachel, and Erin Bradshaw.

Scandals

Terry involved in controversy after his statement regarding Reggie Bush in NFL on Fox Tv saying “Look at this Jimmy, like he was chasing that bucket of chicken that the wind was blowing the other day“. Many fans criticized him for being racist. His other controversy came in 2017 saying, Mike Tomlin a cheerleader. Later he apologizes, saying “I probably shouldn’t have said cheerleader”. 

Body Measurement and Social Media

Smith is 6 feet 3 inches (1.92m) tall. But his weight is 99 kg (215lbs). He has a well-maintained athletics body. Well, to enhance his feature he has blue eyes and salt & pepper hair color.

He is active in social media. His social media account @OfficialTerryBradshaw has 120k followers.