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Terry Bradshaw

Bradshaw at The Pentagon, 2004
No. 12
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1948-09-02) September 2, 1948 (age 68)
Place of birth: Shreveport, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school: Shreveport (LA) Woodlawn
College: Louisiana Tech
NFL Draft: 1970 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history

Pittsburgh Steelers (1970–1983)

Career highlights and awards

4× Super Bowl champion (IX, X, XIII, XIV)
2× Super Bowl MVP (XIII, XIV)
3× Pro Bowl (1975, 1978, 1979)
First-team All-Pro (1978)
NFL Most Valuable Player (1978)
Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (1979)
2× NFL passing touchdowns leader (1978, 1982)
NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Team
Louisiana Tech Athletic Hall of Fame

Career NFL statistics
Pass attempts: 3,901
Pass completions: 2,025
Percentage: 51.9
TD–INT: 212–210
Passing yards: 27,989
Passer rating: 70.9
Player stats at NFL.com

After three failed marriages, I know what it's like to be replaced. So that's kind of how Joey Harrington must feel today… A former No. 1 choice looks to me like he's going to be a bust in Detroit.
Terry Bradshaw
The fear for a network is the viewer gets tired of you. Not that you lost any credibility, but they get tired of you.
Terry Bradshaw
I'm on national TV in front of millions and I hate making mistakes.
You find out in life that people really like you funny. So what do you give 'em? Humor. And then if you show them the other side, they don't like you as much. I find, too, that I can hide behind the idiot's mask being funny, and you never see the sorrow or the pain.
Terry Bradshaw
When I was labeled stupid, that scarred me forever.
Why would anyone want to read what I have to say?
When I played for the Steelers and I got my bell rung, I'd take smelling salts and go right back out there.
Terry Bradshaw
I decided to write a book primarily because people talked me into it.
You've got to stand up and do your own battles. My daddy taught me that a long time ago, that you fight your own battles. The only way to shut everybody up is to win.
Terry Bradshaw
Bad attitudes will ruin your team.
The best thing you can say about any coach is his players play hard for him.
Terry Bradshaw
I know this golf tournament has my name on it but it's not about me. It's about the Louisiana Tech family. There is nothing greater than being a part of the Bulldog family.
Terry Bradshaw
I'm always happy-go-lucky, and people look at me and find it shocking that I could be depressed.
Terry Bradshaw
I may be dumb, but I'm not stupid.
There's a company that wants to put hair on me! I don't know if it's plugs, I'm sure it is. I laughed and said, 'You gotta be kidding.'
Terry Bradshaw
I enjoy my public speaking. That's what I love doing. It's what I'm good at.
Terry Bradshaw
I'm quiet.
The only thing I care about is my family.
For an athlete, there's no time off... until it's over.
I don't want to hurt anybody.
I just see too many people retire and say, 'I'm going to take off, travel, spend time with my family' and they are just miserable. They end up dying. People who work and stay active, and like what they are doing, live longer.
Terry Bradshaw
When Brian told me he grew up in New Mexico, I told him I thought it is cool that people from other countries play football. He corrected me on my geography and agreed to sit down with me anyway.
Terry Bradshaw
I could not bounce back from my divorce – emotionally – I just could not bounce back.
Terry Bradshaw
It's obvious that my brain isn't what it used to be.
I really don't care that I'm ranked.
As a player, it says everything about you if you made the Hall of Fame. But, then again, boy… there's something about winning a Super Bowl.
Terry Bradshaw
When you're clinically depressed the serotonin in your brain is out of balance and probably always will be out of balance. So I take medication to get that proper balance back. I'll probably have to be on it the rest of my life.
Terry Bradshaw
You can't have 'yes' people around you.
I was not used to criticism.
I got a family I got to answer to. I got kids… my older parents and my preachers and everybody.
Terry Bradshaw
I'm against people reading statements. When you read statement, I automatically take it as though you can't talk, and it's not real.
Terry Bradshaw
I'm not ashamed of who I am.

Bad attitudes will ruin your team.
People respect you more if you just play and blow something out than if you take the easier road. That's how we think. You get more respect and people play harder for you. Just play till you blow it. Just play till it goes.
Terry Bradshaw
You have to understand, now, I'm a momma's boy. I'm from the south. My way of being raised is totally different than the big city life. I truly was a country boy.
Terry Bradshaw
I'm taking memory power boost tablets to help me every day and doing the puzzles to help me stay focused.
Terry Bradshaw
I just like to catch fish, I don't care if it weighs half a pound or 10 pounds. But I can't do a lot of casting. I can work a jig or a worm. But not for long, especially if the big ones are biting. Those big bass will make it hurt after a while.
Terry Bradshaw
Depression is a physical illness.
Any team can win.
I don't like confrontation.
I don't really care about being accepted now. I wish I had been like that earlier.
Terry Bradshaw
What's the worst thing that can happen to a quarterback? He loses his confidence.
Terry Bradshaw
I'm just in an unfortunate business where if you ask me a question I have to answer it honestly and if I don't answer it truthfully then I'm not respected.
Terry Bradshaw
I didn't respond well to a firm hand and insults.
If you play in the NFL and start for 10 years, it's not good. It is not good.
Terry Bradshaw
You can't dodge them all. I got hammered plenty of times through the years. But you just get up and keep playing. I can tell you from experience, though. Sometimes it hurts like hell.
Terry Bradshaw
Everybody handles things differently.
Bottom line is, if you turn the ball over to a team that isn't as good, you then have brought them up to your level.
Terry Bradshaw
People ask me all the time would I like to still be playing? No. I'm glad I played when I played.
Terry Bradshaw