September 2 ~  Something to Prove Football Classics

"When you've got something to prove, there's nothing greater than a challenge." ~ Terry Bradshaw

It's Only a Game

Thriving on challenges and a world of passionate possibilities, #12, former quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers and sportscaster Terry Paxton Bradshaw (1948-) was born on this day in Shreveport, Louisiana.

"My nature was 'attack.' Throw it deep. Anybody can throw wide, let's go deep!" he once explained. "I threw it as far as I could. That was my game plan, and it worked."

The first player drafted in the NFL in 1970, the good-old-country-boy led his team to an (at the time) unprecedented four Super Bowl championships (1975, 1976, 1979, 1980). Who can forget Bradshaw's spectacular 61-yard pass to Lynn Swann with minutes remaining for the win against Dallas Cowboys, 21-17, in Super Bowl X?

"What’s the worst thing that can happen to a quarterback? He loses his confidence," Bradshaw believed. His spectacular Hall of Fame career featured two Super Bowl MVP awards.

Love him or hate him, as a product spokesman or analyst for FOX NFL Sunday broadcasts, Bradshaw has hogged the spotlight with his self-deprecating humor and zest for life. He's also tried acting and has even had three top-selling gospel records.

Is there anything he hasn't tried?

"I never wanted to grow old firmly living in the past," he admitted in his 2001 autobiography, It's Only a Game. "I found I like to make people laugh. It makes me feel good."

"I want to help people, give hope to all. Humor is the foundation of our lives."

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