Wednesday, January 24, 2001
Updated: January 21, 11:59 AM ET
Steelers pick Bradshaw No. 1
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
Jan. 27, 1970
After the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears finished last season tied for the worst record in the NFL, a coin flip was held to decide which team would select first in the draft. The Steelers won the flip, equaling their victory total for the season (they were 1-13).
Today, the Steelers decline numerous trade offers for that choice to draft Terry Bradshaw, a 6-foot-3 Little All-America quarterback from Louisiana Tech over more publicized college stars, such as Oklahoma running back Steve Owens, the Heisman Trophy winner who is picked 19th by the Detroit Lions. Bradshaw is the first No. 1 draft choice from a small college since the Kansas City Chiefs took Buck Buchanan from Grambling in the 1963 AFL draft.
While Bradshaw, who bears a striking resemblance to Chuck Connors of "Rifleman" fame, threw more interceptions (42) than touchdown passes (39) in his four seasons at Louisiana Tech, NFL executives and scouts view him as something special.
"He's a big Sammy Baugh," says Jim Lee Howell, personnel director of the New York Giants. "He is one of the best quarterbacks I've seen in a long while."
Bradshaw will justify the Steelers' selection by leading the team to four Super Bowl titles in the next decade.