Monday, October 13, 2003
Updated: December 16, 8:15 AM ET
By Mike Puma
Special to ESPN.com
Jan. 21, 1979 - With Terry Bradshaw completing 17-of-30 passes for 318 yards, with four touchdown tosses, the Pittsburgh Steelers became the first team to win four Super Bowls as they defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 35-31, in Super Bowl XIII in Miami.
Bradshaw, though, didn't start off on fire. "If you are so wound up and uptight, you can turn the ball over," he said. "I did it - fumble and interception right off the bat. It didn't bother me because I was okay. I wasn't nervous. I came back and did well."
Bradshaw's first two touchdown passes were to John Stallworth, for 28 and 75 yards. With 34 seconds left in the first half, he hit Rocky Bleier for a seven-yard score to give Pittsburgh a 21-14 lead.
The turning point of the game occurred late in the third quarter when Jackie Smith, the Cowboys' back-up tight end, dropped Roger Staubach's third-down pass in the end zone. Instead of a tie game, Dallas had to settle for a field goal.
The Steelers scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter - the second on Bradshaw's 18-yard pass to Lynn Swann with 6:51 remaining - to take a 35-17 lead. Bradshaw was voted the game's MVP.
Odds 'n' Ends
Bradshaw had an early ambition to be a minister.
At Oak Terrace Junior High, Bradshaw didn't make the seventh-grade football team.
As an eighth-grader, he could throw a football 60 yards.
Bradshaw attended the same high school as Joe Ferguson, who became a starting quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. Bradshaw gradatuated Woodlawn High in 1966 and Ferguson in 1968.
Besides Louisiana Tech and LSU, Bradshaw was seriously recruited by Baylor.
In his career at Louisiana Tech, Bradshaw threw for 7,149 yards and 42 touchdowns.
He was a liberal arts major in college.
Bradshaw used his father as his first agent.
As a rookie, Bradshaw averaged only 17 passes a game.
In his first five seasons with the Steelers, he threw 48 touchdowns and 81 interceptions.
At 27, he became the youngest quarterback since Baltimore's Johnny Unitas to win consecutive NFL championships.
Bradshaw cracked the league's top five in passing yardage only twice (1977 and 1979).
In 1978, he became the first Steeler to win a passing title, leading the AFC with an 84.8 rating. That season, including the playoffs and Super Bowl, he threw at least one touchdown pass in 18 of 19 games.
With Bradshaw, the Steelers scored at least 27 points in seven straight playoff games from 1978-82.
In Super Bowl XIV, Bradshaw established a postseason record for average gain per pass with 14.71 yards.
In 1979, Bradshaw and Willie Stargell were selected as Sports Illustrated's co-sportsmen of the year.
In 1981 against Atlanta, Bradshaw set a franchise record by throwing five touchdown passes.
Bradshaw was 75-14 as a starter at Three Rivers Stadium, including the postseason.
In his four Super Bowl appearances, Bradshaw completed 49-of-84 passes (58.3 percent) with nine touchdowns (second only to Joe Montana's 11) and four interceptions.
Bradshaw's 932 yards in his Super Bowl appearances trail only Montana's 1,142 and John Elway's 1,128.
He holds the Super Bowl record for average gain per passing attempt at 11.1 yards.
Bradshaw averaged 5.1 yards rushing for his career. In 1972, he carried 58 times for 346 yards and seven touchdowns.
Bradshaw was selected for three Pro Bowls (1976, 1979 and 1980). He didn't play in the 1976 game because he suffered a concussion in Super Bowl X.
During his playing career, he operated a 400-acre quarter horse breeding farm and cattle ranch.
Bradshaw began his broadcasting career while still playing for the Steelers. CBS hired him to do postgame interviews during the 1981 playoffs.
In 1983, Bradshaw married for a third time, to Charlotte Hopkins, and they had two daughters, Erin and Rachel. The couple divorced in 1999.
In 1989, Bradshaw chose broadcast partner Verne Lundquist to present him into the Pro Football Hall of Fame rather than a member of the Steelers organization.
Bradshaw worked five months for a cosmetics company in 1990.
Bradshaw's movie credits include Hooper, Smokey and the Bandit II and The Cannonball Run.
He has sung professionally and made several CDs.
In 1997, Bradshaw hosted a syndicated talk show called "Home Team." The show was canceled after only two months.
In 1998, Bradshaw - at 50 - was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder.