Terry Paxton Bradshaw was born on September 2nd 1948, in Shreveport, Louisiana.
He played his college football with Louisiana Tech University, where he was the second choice quarterback for the first two years. In 1968, his rival Phil Robertson, decided to give up playing to concentrate on his ‘duck call’ invention. This allowed Bradshaw to take over as starting quarterback and he never looked back.
By 1969 Bradshaw finished his college football, holding just about every passing record in the Louisiana Tech’s history and was considered to be the best college football player in America. In 1984, he was inducted into the very first Louisiana Tech Sports Hall of Fame.
Bradshaw entered the 1970 NFL Draft as the star turn and the Steelers confirmed this by selecting him as the number one overall pick.
Sharing game time with Terry Hanratty in his rookie season, Bradshaw took time to adjust to the rigours of the professional game. There were a lot of errors in his play early on in his career and he was often ridiculed for the number of interceptions and mistakes he made.
Bradshaw then went on to become probably the best Quarterback Pittsburgh has ever had. He was certainly the most successful, leading the Steelers to eight AFC Championship games and four Super Bowl titles: 1975, 1976, 1979, and 1980.
Indeed, Bradshaw’s career is neatly summed up in one of the most famous plays in NFL history. ‘The Immaculate Reception’ occurred during the AFC Championship game in Pittsburgh and with 5 seconds remaining on the clock Bradshaw scrambled to make a long throw up the field towards his receiver. The ball was almost intercepted by an Oakland Raider but instead ricocheted back downfield into the arms of Franco Harris, who promptly ran past the stunned Raiders defence to score the match winning touchdown.
Terry officially retired after re-injuring the elbow he had surgically repaired in the 1983 off-season, in what would also turn out to be the very last game to be played in New York City, at the Jets Shea Stadium on December 10th 1983.
Although Pittsburgh haven’t officially retired the number 12 shirt, nobody has worn it since Bradshaw
Following his hugely successful career on the field, Bradshaw slipped seamlessly into the television world as an analyst for CBS Sports and subsequently with Fox.