American football player
The Steel Curtain. Franco Harris. Lynn Swann . Mean Joe Greene . These names are all indelibly imprinted in the psyches of football fans who lived through the early 1980s, as well as struck a special fear into the Dallas Cowboy fans who lost not one, but two Super Bowls to the Pittsburgh Steelers. But there is one name who stands behind them all. A small-town boy with a cannon for an arm who overcame his inner demons and media discrimination, and who's religious conversion experience not only transformed himself, but a young struggling team into a football dynasty. That man was Terry Bradshaw.
Bradshaw's career statistics—two Super Bowl MVPs, 27,989 yards gained, 212 touchdowns passed, and thirty-two touchdowns rushed—place him near the top as one of the greatest quarterbacks in National Football league (NFL) history. But unlike most sports superstars, Bradshaw has drawn on other talents as well as his folksy, country-bred, down-home, All-American personality to extend his career into media stardom as a sports commentator, as well as the author of five books. Not bad for someone once branded as the Bayou Bumpkin.
Born to Work
Bradshaw was born in 1948 into a Shreveport, Louisiana farming family, the son of William and Novis Bradshaw. The work ethic was there from the beginning. "I was born to work, taught to work, love to work." Early on he developed his skills on the football field, honing a pinpoint, accurate passing that would become his trademark. As a college football player he made all-American, an unusual honor since he didn't attend one of the football powerhouses, but instead played for Louisiana Technical University (not even a Division I school). In fact, Bradshaw's discovery by the Pittsburgh Steelers—who made him the number one pick in the 1970 football draft—started a tradition of college football powerhouses looking to Louisiana for their talent.
Number One Pick
The 1970 version of the Steelers that Bradshaw joined were a hapless team. Their number one pick in the draft was made possible by their dismal record, finishing last in the previous season with only one win to fourteen losses. Bradshaw came with high expectations attached to him, with the Steelers expecting their new phenom to help turn around the franchise. Despite his talent, the big league pressure was too much for the young rookie. His first three seasons with the Steelers were unremarkable. Their record improved but not enough to make them contenders, and questions were beginning to be raised about Bradshaw's potential to contribute to the team.
Part of the problem may have been psychological. Among the many pressures that Bradshaw had to live with was absurd claim that he was "dumb." This rumor started with trash talking from opponents like Cowboy linebacker "Hollywood Henderson" who said Bradshaw "couldn't spell 'cat' if you spotted him the 'c' and the 't.'
In actuality, Bradshaw was later diagnosed with having Attention Deficit Disorder. Schoolwork, especially reading, was always an enormous challenge for him. But nonetheless, the media rumors circulating around him were especially hurtful because it belied the obvious brilliance of his generalship on the playing field.
Bradshaw told a New York Times reporter: "I was a home boy raised on my mother's arm, at Louisiana Tech the same thing. If you talk slow, you're stupid. If you're clean cut, you're square. It's ridiculous…. I must have been a showcase to look at—the comic-strip kid, the country bumpkin, the savior of the team. It was too much for a 21-years-old kid, too much for me." Bradshaw fought a seemingly futile battle to win the respect of his teammates, his fans, and the press. "If we have a bad game, it's because I'm dumb. If we have a good game, it's because everybody else played well and I got caught up in the action."
As he acknowledged in his first autobiography, Man of Steel, by 1974 Bradshaw felt like he was bottoming out. His first marriage to Melissa Babish had failed, his shoulder had been injured, and he was often sullen and depressed. The turnaround came when, according to his memoir, Bradshaw, already a born-again Christian, had a revelation: "I had separated myself from God. I lived only for Terry Bradshaw, not for God. I tried to be one of the boys and went to every honky-tonk I could find and chased women and behaved in a way that was totally alien to anything I had ever known before … my whole life was out of control … I was trying to be someone else and was doing a rotten job of it."
What happened to Bradshaw amounted to a second "conversion" experience. "I just put my head in my hands and began to cry and tremble all over and finally I blurted out, 'Here I am, God. I've tried to handle it all by myself and I just can't get the job done. So I'm placing my life in Your hands. I need some peace of mind and I know You can give it to me.'" The quarterback recalls feeling suddenly "stronger mentally and physically.… Being a starting quarterback didn't matter.… What mattered was that I was myself again and I was determined to stay that way."
|1948||Born September 12 in Shreveport, Louisiana|
|1970||Graduates from Louisiana Technical University and is drafted number one by the Pittsburgh Steelers|
|1974||Victory in Super Bowl IX over the Minnesota Vikings|
|1975||Victory in Super Bowl X over the Dallas Cowboys|
|1978||Victory in Super Bowl XI over the Dallas Cowboys|
|1980||Victory in Super Bowl XIII over the Los Angeles Rams|
|1984||Retires from Steelers and joins CBS Sports as a game analyst|
|1989||Inducted into NFL Hall of Fame|
|1995||Joins Fox NFL Sunday as host|
Team of Dynasty and Destiny
Bradshaw, benched for the first six games of the 1974 season, was finally put back into the starting quarterback slot by coach Chuck Noll. This gesture of confidence finally turned things around permanently. The Bradshaw that returned to the field was a professionally and spiritually renewed man and athlete. His level of play surpassed anything he had shown before, and culminated in the Steelers's 16-6 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IX. After this triumph, his teammates truly embraced him for the first time. "I was starting to fit in with the team. I've never been what you'd call a joiner, but the pieces started fitting together and the players started being more friendly with me and making me part of the locker-room jokes…. Through the confidence I was developingand a little taste of success, I started being myself and quit worrying so much."
The Steelers of the mid and late 1970s were perhaps football history's most dominating dynasty. As Gordon Forbes of USA Today commented on December 29, 1988, quarterback Bradshaw and running back Franco Harris provided one of the most explosive pass-rush combos ever, on par with Joe Theisman-John Riggins, Troy Aikman-Emmitt Smith , or John Elway-Terrell Davis . Balletic wide receiver Lynn Swann and speedster John Stall-worth represented two of the best deep pass reception threats. And when the Steeler offense wasn't running rampant, the defense consisting of defensive end Mean Joe Greene and bone-crushing linebacker Jack Lambert of The Steel Curtain shut their opponents down.
In 1975, Bradshaw and the Steelers repeated their triumph with another championship victory over the "America's Team" Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl X. Bradshaw took the Steelers to another Super Bowl win in 1978 against Dallas, beating the Cowboys 35-31. He was chosen Super Bowl MVP and NFL Player of the Year. He also set team and personal records for pass attempts (472), completions (259), and yards gained (3,724) during the season. Steve Cady, writing for the New York Times Magazine, said: "Going into his 11th season, he will have passed almost 12 miles, and the Bayou Bumpkin label has been left in the dust of the most impressive quarterbacking record in football today."
But Bradshaw wasn't done. He had one more big year in him. In 1980, he led the Steelers to a fourth Super Bowl victory over the Los Angeles Rams.
By 1982 over a decade of hard professional knocks had taken it's toll, and Bradshaw's amazing passing arm began to show signs of damage with the diagnosis being chronic muscle deterioration around his right elbow. After toughing it out for the season he underwent surgery in March of 1983. Unfortunately, at Coach Chuck Noll's urging, he returned to play too early. After playing only a few games during the 1983 season, he damaged his elbow permanently and had to retire prematurely, a turn of events for which he never forgave Noll.
|PIT: Pittsburgh Steelers.|
Bradshaw officially retired from the Pittsburgh Steelers just before the 1984 season, after fourteen years in the NFL. Despite his bitterness at having to retire early, Bradshaw left the game with the legendary status of having been the best big-game quarterback of all time. He had been one of the most prolific quarterbacks in history, leading the Steelers to four Super Bowl championships, six AFC championship games and eight straight playoff appearances (1972-79). He was at his best in post-season games. Not only was he a perfect 4-0 in Super Bowl play, in those four outstanding performances, he completed forty-nine of eighty-four attempted passes (nine for touchdowns) for 932 yards (second all-time), with just three interceptions. He still holds the Super Bowl passing records for average gain per attempt in career (11.10 yards) and average gain in a game (14.71 yards in Super Bowl XIV versus Los Angeles, in which he completed twenty-one passes for 309 yards). Bradshaw, a two-time Super Bowl MVP (Super Bowls XIII and XIV), was a four-time All-Pro.
Hall of Fame
After Bradshaw retired from football, he began a career in television. He had worked as a guest commentator for CBS Sports while playing for the Steelers, and in 1984 he joined the network as an NFL game analyst. He formed a famous collaboration with play-by-play announcer Verne Lundquist. So close was the relationship and so bitter was Bradshaw over his premature retirement that he chose Lundquist to introduce him at his NFL Hall of Fame induction in 1989 over his former coach, Chuck Noll. With his career statistics, four Super Bowl victories and two Super Bowl MVPs, Bradshaw was a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame and was inducted as soon as he became eligible. In his acceptance speech, Bradshaw with typical humility, thanked his teammates: "…it takes people. All our careers, we were blessed with great people around me. I'm a fortunate quarterback to have so much beautiful talent. So many wonderful athletes to go out and get the job done. Allowed me to be the kind of person I was. Go out and be aggressive and to attack. And have fun and to lie and to tell jokes and to cut up with the reporters who still hadn't figured me out yet. That was fun. I enjoyed that. I got a kick out of that."
America's Favorite Sportscaster
After ten years with CBS, including four years as sports analyst for the program The NFL Today, Bradshaw joined Fox Sports in 1995 with great fanfare, as Fox had wooed the NFL away from CBS. As co-host of the popular program Fox NFL Sunday, he has made the most of his country upbringing and has realized how much he loves to make people laugh. The show takes a lighter approach to professional football, one that new fans find as entertaining as the game itself. In fact to signify the beginning of a new style in football showmanship, Fox had Bradshaw dress in cowboy gear and ride in on a horse in its premiere show.
After an illustrious career as one of football history's greatest quarterbacks, as well as one of the game's best commentators, Bradshaw has beaten the Bayou Bumpkin label. Fox NFL Sunday is America's most-watched NFL pregame show, and has won three Emmy Awards. Bradshaw has emerged as today's preeminent NFL studio personality and in 2002 was voted America's Favorite Sportscaster in a TV Guide Reader's Poll.
Given his accomplishments it's a wonder that Bradshaw was ever tagged with the Southern simpleton stereotype. During his years with the Steelers, Bradshaw called all of his own plays. CBS play-by-play announcer Pat Summerall in his 1997 book Pat Summerall's Sports in America, declared Bradshaw to be one of the sharpest minds he had ever encountered. Bradshaw has shown himself to be incredibly versatile and savvy as an all-around media personality. He has co-authored five memoirs on his career. Bradshaw's interests are in no way limited to football. He is a devoted father to his daughters Erin and Rachel. He raises and breeds Sim-mental cattle and quarter horses on his ranch. He gives motivational speeches to corporate and other groups and endorses products. He occasionally appears in motion pictures and records gospel and country/western songs. Bradshaw, far outgrowing the Bayou Bumpkin, has shown himself to be a modern Man for All Seasons.
Awards and Accomplishments
|1970||College All-American from Louisiana Technical University|
|1975||Super Bowl IX over the Minnesota Vikings|
|1976||Super Bowl X over the Dallas Cowboys|
|1978||A.P. NFL Player of the Year; named to Pro Bowl|
|1979||Super Bowl XIII MVP over the Dallas Cowboys; named to Pro Bowl; shares Sports Illustrated Man of the Year with Willie Stargell|
|1980||Super Bowl XIV MVP over the Los Angeles Rams|
|1989||Inducted into NFL Hall of Fame|
|1999||Named Most Favorite TV Sportscaster by TV Guide|
|2000||Emmy Award for Sports Broadcasting; Father of the Year Award from the National Father's Day Council|
Address: Terry Bradshaw, Circle 12 Ranch, 1905 Pearson Lane, Westlake, TX 76262. Fax: (817) 379-5140. Phone: (817) 379-5083.
SELECTED WRITINGS BY BRADSHAW:
(With Charles Paul Conn) No Easy Game, 1973.
(With David Diles) Terry Bradshaw: Man of Steel, Zondervan, 1979.
(Author of foreword) Pro Football's Ten Greatest Games, Four Winds Press, 1981.
(With Buddy Martin) Looking Deep, Contemporary Books, 1989.
(With David Fisher) It's Only A Game, Pocket Books, 2001.
Related Biography: Coach Chuck Noll
People forget that dynastic teams are built just as much around dynastic coaches as they are around players. As Hall of Fame linebacker Jack Ham put it: "we couldn't have won all those games, all those Super Bowls, except for one man, pure and simple. Chuck Noll." After all, it is the coaches that have the foresight to pick the players and mold them into the champions they will become. Often they have to start humbly at the bottom in order to make their way to the top.
When Chuck Noll came to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969, at the behest of owner Art Rooney, they had never won a playoff game. His first season record of 1-13 did not impress anyone. Slowly over the course of the next two years the Steelers improved under his tutelage until they made the playoffs in 1972.
Noll played college football for the University of Dayton and was the Cleveland Brown's 20th round pick in the 1953 draft. Noll had played pro football (guard and linebacker) for the legendary Paul Brown and the Cleveland Browns from 1953-59, and cited Brown as one of the most important influences on his life. He ended up playing in four NFL championship games and on two championship teams.
Noll built the Steelers into a dynasty through the draft, and his ability to judge talent was miraculous. His philosophy was simple. Pick the best and build around them. His first round draft pick in 1969 was defensive tackle Joe Greene, and the following year, Terry Bradshaw. He also drafted Franco Harris, Mike Webster, Jack Lambert, Jack Ham, and Mel Blount. All of these draft picks would go on to be Hall of Famers.
When Noll retired in 1991, he was the only coach in football history to win four Super Bowls, and was sixth in all-time wins with 209. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993, his first year of eligibility.
(With David Fisher) Keep It Simple, Pocket Books, 2002.
Benagh, Jim David Fisher. Terry Bradshaw: Superarm of Pro Football. New York: Putnam, 1976.
Chass, Murray. Power Football. New York: Dutton, 1973.
Gutman, Bill. Football Superstars of the '70s. New York: Messner, 1975.
Rubin, Bob. All-stars of the NFL. New York: Random House, 1976.
St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, five volumes. Detroit: St. James Press, 2000
Baily, Budd. "Bradshaw, after the Game." Buffalo News (August 19, 2001): F7.
Bumgarner, Bill. "Savvy recruiters don't bypass Louisiana: State's high school talent rates near top." Times-Picayune (January 26, 1997).
"Ex-Footballer Bradshaw Enters the Talk-Show World." Seattle Times (October 28, 1997): E6.
Forbes, Gordon. "Broncos tough to beat when Davis, Elway click." USA Today (December 29, 1998).
Interview with Terry Bradshaw. Vanity Fair (September, 2001): 418.
Lomartire, Paul. "Bradshaw as Clownish on Tape as He Is on TV." Palm Beach Post (September 16, 2001): 5J.
Mowitz, David. "His Home Is on the Range among Cattle." Successful Farming (October, 1997): 40-41.
Mule, Marty. "Summerall's book puts Bradshaw on pedestal." Times-Picayune (February 16, 1997).
Newsweek (September 8, 1980).
New York Times (January 9, 1975).
New York Times Magazine (January 9, 1980).
Nidetz, Steve. "Down-home Bradshaw has the last laugh." Chicago Tribune (December 8, 1995).
Ostler, Scott. "Crazy Glue: The Anchor of Fox's Increasingly Silly NFL Studio Show, Terry Bradshaw, Makes No Apologies for His Unique Brand of Tomfoolery." Sport (February, 1999): 28.
People (June 18, 1979).
Phillips, Carole L. "Terry Bradshaw: Gospel Singer." Cincinnati Post (November 21, 1996): p.2.
Review of It's Only a Game. Publishers Weekly (August 6, 2001): 80.
Spelling, Ian. "Time-Out with Terry." Smoke (spring, 1998).
Sport (February, 1979).
Sport (May, 1979).
Sports Illustrated (December 18, 1978).
Stewart, Larry. "Bradshaw rides to the fore in Fox's grand opening." Los Angeles Times (September 5, 1994).
Stuttaford, Genevieve. Review of Looking Deep. Publishers Weekly (July 14, 1989): 67.
Sumrau, Dennis. "Terry Bradshaw's Career Not Just Passing Fancy." Capital Times (Madison, WI) (August 10, 2001): 9A.
Time (January 22, 1979).
Weisman, Larry. "Bradshaw finally at ease with NFL: Ex Steeler warms up Fox pregame." USA Today (January 20, 1997).
Wineke, William R. "Terry Bradshaw Pays a Visit." Wisconsin State Journal (August 12, 2001): F3.
"Terry Bradshaw Hall of Fame Induction Speech." McMillen & Wife. http://www.mcmillenandwife.com/bradshaw_speech.html.
"Terry Bradshaw's Fox Bio." McMillen & Wife. http://www.mcmillenandwife.com/bradshaw_fox_bio.html.
Sketch by Gordon Churchwell
Churchwell, Gordon. "Bradshaw, Terry." Notable Sports Figures. 2004. Encyclopedia.com. (September 28, 2016). http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3407900074.html
Churchwell, Gordon. "Bradshaw, Terry." Notable Sports Figures. 2004. Retrieved September 28, 2016 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3407900074.html
Bradshaw, Terry 1948–
Bradshaw, Terry 1948-
Full name, Terry Paxton Bradshaw; born September 2 (some sources cite September 12), 1948, in Shreveport, LA; son of William and Novis Bradshaw; married Melissa Babish, 1972 (divorced, 1973); married Alicia "Jo Jo" Starbuck (an actress and figure skater), June 6, 1976 (divorced, 1983); married Charlotte Hopkins, February 15, 1986 (divorced, 1999); children: (third marriage) Rachel Terry, Erin Haley. Education: Louisiana Tech University, B.S., 1970. Religion: Christian. Avocational Interests: Golf, auto racing.
Agent—Lorrie Bartlett-Gersh, Gersh Agency, 232 North Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210; (literary agent) Frank Weimann, Literary Group International 270 Lafayette St., Suite 1505, New York, NY 10012.
Actor, sports commentator, and author. Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh, PA, professional football player, 1970-83; National Football League, media commentator, after 1983; CBS Sports, Inc., sports analyst, 1984-90; Fox Sports, Los Angeles, sports analyst, beginning 1995. Terry's Peanut Butter Co., owner, c. 1978; FitzBradshaw Racing, co-owner, 2001; also rancher in Westlake, TX. Country music and gospel singer and recording artist in the 1970s. Spokesperson for Verizon Wireless communications and Radio Shack electronics stores; appeared in other commercials and in print ads for Supercuts, 2005, and other products.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Honorary LL.D., Alderson-Broaddus College, 1979; inducted into Professional Football Hall of Fame, 1989; Bert Bell Memorial Award, Maxwell Football Club, 1993; TV Guide Award, favorite sportscaster, 1999; named man of the year, Big Sisters of America, 1999, and father of the year, National Fathers' Day Council, 2000; Emmy Award, sports broadcasting category, 2000; TV Guide Award nomination, favorite sportscaster, 2000; received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2001; numerous other football awards, including man of the year, Sports Illustrated, 1979.
Television Appearances; Series:
Cohost, Fox NFL Sunday, Fox, 1994.
Host, Home Team with Terry Bradshaw, syndicated, 1997.
Television Appearances; Specials:
Football player with Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl XIII, 1979.
Football player with Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl XIV, 1980.
Kenny Rogers' America, CBS, 1980.
Coin tosser, Super Bowl XXIV, 1990.
Super Bowl Saturday Night, CBS, 1990.
Host, CBS' Happy New Year America 1990, CBS, 1990.
Fox Sports NFL '94 Football Preview, Fox, 1994.
A Phyllis George Special, The Nashville Network, 1994.
75 Seasons: The Story of the National Football League, TNT, 1994.
Host, The Sports Illustrated's 1995 Sportsman of the Year Award, Fox, 1995.
Ralph Emery: On the Record with Me!, The Nashville Network, 1995.
Fox NFL Primetime, Fox, 1995.
The Super Bowl at 30: Big Game America, TNT, 1996.
Host of pregame show, The Fox Sports Special: XXXI Superbowl Green Bay vs. New England, Fox, 1997.
The Great American History Quiz: The Presidents, History Channel, 2000.
The Great American History Quiz: Pursuit of Happiness, History Channel, 2000.
Host and narrator, The Competition, Arts and Entertainment, 2000.
The Great American History Quiz: America at War, History Channel, 2001.
Commentator, Super Bowl XXXVI, Fox, 2002.
Super Bowl XXXIX, 2005.
Assembling "Robots:" The Magic, the Music, & the Comedy, Fox, 2005.
CMT Greatest Moments: Hank Williams Jr., Country Music Television, 2006.
Television Appearances; Episodic:
"She Ain't Deep but She Sure Runs Fast," Hardcastle and McCormick, ABC, 1985.
Himself, "Far from the Madden Crowd," Evening Shade, CBS, 1991.
Himself, "The NFL on CBS," Evening Shade, CBS, 1992.
Himself, "The Telethon," The Sinbad Show (also known as Sinbad), Fox, 1994.
Colonel March, "High Treason: Parts 1 & 2," The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (also known as Brisco County Jr.), Fox, 1994.
Coach Morton, "Graduation," Blossom, NBC, 1994.
"Uptown Girl," Brotherly Love, The WB, 1995.
Himself, "Dud Bowl II," Married … with Children, Fox, 1995.
Himself, "A Bundy Thanksgiving," Married … with Children, Fox, 1996.
Himself, "Debra's Sick," Everybody Loves Raymond (also known as Raymond), CBS, 1997.
Warren C. Calhoun, "Big Dogs," The Jeff Foxworthy Show (also known as Somewhere in America), NBC, 1997.
Himself, "Just the Perfect Blendship," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1998.
Voice of Preston Rogers, "Peggy Makes the Big Leagues," King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 2000.
"Lawrence Taylor," ESPN SportsCentury, ESPN, 2000.
Himself, "The Scene," Kristin, NBC, 2001.
Himself, "Let's Go to the Videotape," Inside Schwartz, NBC, 2001.
Coach Clarence, "Company Picnic: Part 1," Malcolm in the Middle, Fox, 2002.
Steve "Canned Heat" Smith, "Son-in-Law," 8 Simple Rules … for Dating My Teenage Daughter (also known as 8 Simple Rules), ABC, 2002.
"Terry Bradshaw," ESPN SportsCentury, ESPN, 2003.
Untold, Spike TV, 2004.
Himself, "Robots," HBO First Look, HBO, 2005.
"Best Owners," ESPN 25: Who's #1?, ESPN, 2005.
Voice, "Treehouse of Horror XVI," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 2005.
Pardon the Interruption (also known as P.T.I.), 2006.
CMT Insider, Country Music Television, 2006.
Television Guest Appearances; Episodic:
Hee Haw, syndicated, 1976.
Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1992.
Late Show with David Letterman (also known as The Late Show and Late Show Backstage), CBS, 1993.
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (also known as The Late Late Show), CBS, 1999, 2001, 2002.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, multiple appearances, beginning 2001.
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, syndicated, 2003, 2004.
The Wayne Brady Show, syndicated, 2004.
The Sharon Osbourne Show (also known as Sharon), syndicated, 2004.
The Tony Danza Show, syndicated, 2005.
Mad TV, Fox, 2005.
Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC, 2006.
Also appeared on Costas NOW, HBO.
Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:
The CLIO Awards, Fox, 1995.
Presenter, Country Weekly Magazine Presents the TNN Music Awards, The Nashville Network, 2000.
Host, TNN/CMT Country Weekly Music Awards, The Nashville Network and Country Music Television, 2001.
American Veteran Awards, History Channel, 2002.
Television Appearances; Other:
Terry, The Stockers (pilot), NBC, 1981.
Will Gilbert, Relative Chaos (movie), ABC Family Channel, 2006.
(Uncredited) Himself, Black Sunday, Paramount, 1977.
SWAT Commander Sherman, Hooper, Warner Bros., 1978.
Himself, Smokey and the Bandit II (also known as Smokey and the Bandit Ride Again), Universal, 1980.
Terry, The Cannonball Run, Twentieth century-Fox, 1981.
Voice of broken-arm robot, Robots (animated; also released as Robots: The IMAX Experience), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2005.
Al, Failure to Launch, Paramount, 2006.
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, 1976.
(With Jake Hess) Terry and Jake, 1996.
Also recorded the album Here in My Heart and Until You.
Appeared in the music video "I'm Just Talking about Tonight" by Toby Keith, 2001.
(With Charles Paul Conn) No Easy Game, Fleming H. Revell, 1973.
(With David Diles) Terry Bradshaw: Man of Steel, Zondervan, 1979.
(With Buddy Martin) Looking Deep, Contemporary Books, 1989.
Terry Bradshaw Football Journal '96, Fantasy Sports, 1996.
Terry Bradshaw Football Journal '97, Head Games, 1997.
(With David Fisher) It's Only a Game, Pocket Books, 2001.
(With David Fisher) Keep It Simple, Pocket Books, 2002.
Benagh, Jim, Terry Bradshaw: Superarm of Pro Football, Putnam, 1976.
Bradshaw, Terry, and Charles Paul Conn, No Easy Game, Fleming H. Revell, 1973.
Bradshaw, Terry, and David Diles, Terry Bradshaw: Man of Steel, Zondervan, 1979.
Bradshaw, Terry, and Buddy Martin, Looking Deep, Contemporary Books, 1989.
Bradshaw, Terry, Terry Bradshaw Football Journal '96, Fantasy Sports, 1996.
Bradshaw, Terry, Terry Bradshaw Football Journal '97, Head Games, 1997.
Bradshaw, Terry, and David Fisher, It's Only a Game, Pocket Books, 2001.
Notable Sports Figures, Gale, 2004.
St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, St. James Press, 2000.
FHM, September, 2002, p. 78.
Parade, June 20, 2004, pp. 4-6.
"Terry Bradshaw," ESPN SportsCentury (television episode), ESPN, 2003.
"Bradshaw, Terry 1948–." Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. 2008. Encyclopedia.com. (September 28, 2016). http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3045100026.html
"Bradshaw, Terry 1948–." Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. 2008. Retrieved September 28, 2016 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3045100026.html