New Book on Bradshaw Highlights His Rise to Being a Cultural Icon Off the Field

Before there was Ben – there was Terry.

When it comes to the greatest quarterbacks in Steelers history, there’s no doubt that it’s a fun and healthy debate between current Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and four-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Terry Bradshaw.

The two have been compared since just about days one, highly publicized first round draft picks that have brought Lombardi trophies to the Steelers franchise.

While Ben still has work to do, Terry has made an excellent second career, one of which is chronicled in a new book out just in time for the holidays – “Terry Bradshaw: From Super Bowl Champion to Television Personality” by author Brett Abrams.

The book is a great account of the Hall of Fame QB, and his transition from throwing passes to the likes of Lynn Swann and John Stallworth, to trading barbs with the likes of Michael Strahan on the set of Fox Football Sunday.

Abrams does a solid job of what Bradshaw has done following his career on the field for the Steelers, becoming a true cultural icon through his ventures into television, movies, and music.

Bradshaw, even as a player, always wanted more, and always seemed to have his eyes on the prize of what to do when his career was over, and if you’re interested in that aspect of his life, you will for sure want to check out this new book about the Steeler legend.

The book gives some great insight as to the rise of Bradshaw, as well as his fight and struggle along the way to becoming the celebrity he is today and has been in the public spotlight for close to the last 50 years.

The author carefully talks about how Bradshaw has become a lot more in his life than a guy throwing a football, he speaks in great detail of how multi-talented Bradshaw is, and how he’s been able to market that after his final touchdown pass was thrown in 1983 against the New York Jets.

If you’re looking for a great Steelers read this winter while the black and gold are looking to reach a seventh Lombardi, try this 328-page account of Bradshaw, you won’t be disappointed.

About the Author

Matt Loede

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association and of course, the National Football League. On NFL Sunday’s you can hear Matt on National networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and other stations around the country. Matt also joined The Washington Post in 2009 as a guest columnist on league hot topics. Born and raised in Cleveland, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

1 Comment on "New Book on Bradshaw Highlights His Rise to Being a Cultural Icon Off the Field"

  1. Terry Bradshaw , the player was one of my favorite Steelers growing up in the seventies . To see him take that snap from Mike Webster , drop back , and with the flick of a wrist throw a thirty yard laser beam to Swann or Stallworth . It was something special to see and I really miss it . Ive said for years that Bradshaw never got the credit that was due him , when it comes to the greatest of all time conversation . To this day , youll hear names like Marino and Elway get put ahead of Bradshaw . Elway was a great player , but he only had half the rings that Terry had . On the other side , Marino went to one Super Bowl in his career and lost it . Its true , Terry was literally surrounded by hall of famers like Franco , Swann and Stallworth . My arguement has always been no receiver in history can throw himself the ball , then run twenty yards down field and catch it . It had to be delivered and Bradshaw was the guy pulling the trigger . Bottom line , with the game on the line , Terry was as good as their ever was . On the other side of the coin , Terry Bradshaw the person , is an entirely different story . To disrespect the Steelers organazation the way he has in recent years is inexcusable . Art Rooney passed away and Bradshaw was no where to be found . His teammates were , but not him . Chuck Noll passes away , and once again Bradshaw is absent . His former teammates were there , but not him . Finally , Dan Rooney passes away earlier this year and Bradshaw is once again , AWOL , no where to be found . His former buddies from the seventies all there and some were pall bearers , but not him . He didnt care enough to come . Its a classless act by a man , that was given so much by the Rooney family and the Steelers . At the end of the day , Terry the player was as good as their ever was . Terry Bradshaw the person , is a classless excuse of a person and should be ashamed of the way he has treated the franchise that basically gave him everything he has to this day . A sad ending to one mans career .

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