Terry Bradshaw
'83 Steelers Yearbook Profile
BIRTHDATE--September 2, 1948
BIRTHPLACE--Shreveport, Louisiana
HOW ACQUIRED--Draft (1st Overall in '70)
COLLEGE--Louisiana Tech
NFL EXP.--13 years
GAMES PLAYED--'70 (13), '71 (14), '72 (14), '73 (10), '74 (8), '75 (14), '76 (10), '77 (14), '78 (16), '79 (16), '80 (15),
'81 (14), '82 (9)

PRO: Already ranks as one of the greatest pro quarterbacks of all-time and still has two or three good seasons after 1983 to add to his impressive accomplishments ... Is the only QB to win four Super Bowls and needs one more NFL title to match Bart Starr's all-time record of five ... Is the only active QB to win more than one league title ... Has the second highest seniority (with Ken Stabler) of all active NFL QBs behind St. Louis' Jim Hart (18) ... Is second oldest-Steeler, five months younger than Mel Blount... Ranks ninth in career TD passes with 210 and can pass John Brodie (214), George Blanda (236) and Len Dawson (239) to move into sixth place in 1983 with a good season... Is 11th in passes attempted (3,893), 15th in completions (2,020) and 12th in total yards (27,912) and should move into the Top Ten in the first and third categories this season ... Has been at his best in postseason play throughout his career especially in four Super Bowls where he completed 49 of 84 passes (58.3%) with nine TDs and only four interceptions ... Holds six SB records including career marks for yards passing (932), highest average gain (11.1) and TD passes (9) and single game highs for yards passing (318 vs. Dallas in SB XIII), TD passes (4 in SB XIII) and highest average gain (14.7) which is also an all-time high for all postseason play ... Has other NFL all-time postseason career records for passes attempted (456), completions (261), yards passing (3,833), highest average gain (8.43) and TD passes (30) ... Won Super Bowl MVP award in last two Pittsburgh appearances ... He and Starr are only players to earn honor more than once ... Is still key to Steeler offense and his performance almost always has a strong bearing on the outcome ... Had a poor three-game stretch in 1982 which prevented him from possibly having his best season ever, statistically ... Still tied with San Diego's Dan Fouts for NFL lead in TD passes with 17 and rating of 81.4 was the fifth best in the AFG and fourth highest of his career ... In Steelers' six regular season wins in 1982, he completed 60% of his passes with 16 TDs and just five interceptions ... In their three losses, he completed 32% with one TD and six interceptions ... Had one of the best games of his career in the playoff defeat to San Diego, completing 28 of 39 for a postseason career high of 325 yards and in one stretch in that game was successful on 15 straight passing attempts which is a career best ... Was the first player selected in the 1970 NFL draft ... Steelers won that choice in a coin flip with the Chicago Bears ... Played in 13 and started eight games in rookie season ... Led NFL in interceptions with 24... In 1971, started all but one game and led the Steelers to six wins, the most in eight years ... With the addition of Franco Harris in 1972, the team developed a strong running game and achieved, greater offensive balance ... Guided club to best record (11-3) ever and first division title that season ... In 1973, a separated shoulder kept him out of four games but compiled an 8-1 record as a starter ... Turning point of his career came in 1974 when Joe Gilliam won the regular job in training camp and preseason while Bradshaw and other veterans were on strike ... Regained starting position after six games with the Steelers; in first place with a 4-1-1 record ... Led team to their third straight playoff berth and first NFL championship ... Completed 58% of his passes that postseason, including nine of 14 with one TD vs. Minnesota in SB IX ... Following year, became the youngest OB since John Unitas (1958-59) to win back-to-back championships as he established a team record for accuracy (57.8%) and had best TD-interception ratio (18-9) of career with his Nghest passer rating (88.2) ... In SB X vs. Dallas, threw two TD passes, including a 64-yarder to Lynn Swann for the winning score ... Suffered a concussion on that pass which prevented him from playing in his first Pro Bowl ... Named 1975 NFL Player of the Year by the Football News ... Was plagued by neck and wrist injuries in 1976 which sidelined him for four full games and halves of four others ... Set an AFC Playoff record in a first-round win over Baltimore by completing 77.8% (14-18) of his passes ... In 1977, broke his left wrist against Houston and played the final 11 games with a hard cast but still started every game ... Was voted team MVP for the first of two consecutive years ... Had sensational seasons in 1978 and 1979 as the Steelers; won their third and fourth Super Bowls ... Became the first Steeler to win a passing title in 1978 as he led the AFC with an 84.8 rating and topped the NFL with 28 TD passes, throwing at least one in 18 of 19 games ... Unanimous choice as MVP in SB XIII vs. Dallas when he set game records of 318 yards passing and four TD passes ... Won the most postseason awards and honors of his career after the 1978 season ... Elected to the Pro Bowl for the second time and played in the game for the first time ... Named NFL Player of the Year by the Associated Press, Sport Magazine and the Maxwell Club of Philadelphia ... Was a near-unanimous All NFL and AFC first team choice ... Surpassed that performance in 1979 when he set team records for attempts (472), completions (259) and yards (3,724) ... Had three 300-yard games, the first of his regular season career, and threw four TD passes vs. Washington, also a regular season first ... Had a phenomenal postseason with 53 completions in 82 attempts for 64.6% and six TDs in three games ... Capped a great year by completing 14 of 21 for 309 yards and two TDs vs. LA in SIB XIV and won second straight SB MVP award ... Made Pro Bowl for the third time ... Shared Sports Illustrated 1979 Man of the Year Award with Pirates' Willie Stargell ... In 1980 and 1981, injuries, both against Oakland, at critical points were major factors in the Steelers' failure to make the playoffs after eight straight years ... Injury to right thumb in 1980 (10/20) ended streak of 63 straight starts ... Highlight of 1981 season was against Atlanta (11/15) when he became the first Steeler to throw five TD passes in one game ... Later broke hand vs. the Raiders (12/7) and missed final two games ... Does not run as much as he did earlier in his career ... Is a very effective scrambler and extremely accurate passer when moving ... Only rushed eight times for 10 yards, both career lows, in 1982 but is still a threat and one of the most mobile QBs in the league ... Is team's eighth leading rusher of all-time with 2,254 yards and 32 TDs rushing is second most ever by a Steeler ... Has remarkable recuperative powers and ability to play effectively when hurt ... Is 75-14 as a starter at Three Rivers including postseason ... One of the greatest all-around athletes in NFL history ... A sure Hall of Famer.

COLLEGE: Completed 52.5% of his passes for 7,149 yards and 42 touchdowns ... Still holds all school passing and total offense records ... Senior co-captain ... Named first team All-America by AP, Coaches and Time and 2nd team by UPI and Sporting News ... Excelled in Senior Bowl as MVP... Also played in North-South game ... Majored in Liberal Arts.

PERSONAL: Single ... Lives in Grand Cane, Louisiana where he operates a 400 acre quarter horse breeding farm and cattle ranch ... Has performed in films, television and concerts in recent off-seasons and has good potential in this area after he completes his football career ... Received honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Alderson-Broaddus (W. Va.) in 1979 and Doctor of Humanities from Louisiana Tech (1981) ... Attended Woodlawn High School in Shreveport, a program which also produced Joe Ferguson ...

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