A fumble on the flats

An American Sportsman remembrance: Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Terry Bradshaw tangles with the wrong tarpon.

Updated: August 12, 2003, 6:37 PM ET
By Curt Gowdy | Co-host of ESPN2's
CITGO In Search of Flywater

During the 25-year Sunday afternoon run of "The American Sportsman" on ABC, I played host to just about every star athlete and actor of the times. Many humorous stories emerged from our trips around the world, most of them occurring off-camera. One that did make the air involved Terry Bradshaw, who quarterbacked the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl victories.

The year was 1973. The place was the Florida Keys. The intent: giant tarpon caught on a fly.

[Bradshaw's] ...

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A fumble on the flats