An old newspaper article recently went viral when it explained that Bradshaw was treated in a Louisiana hospital under the alias of “Thomas Brady.” There’s no problem with that, right?
Well, here’s where things get interesting. When Bradshaw sat in his hospital bed at the time, Brady — the future seven-time Super Bowl champion — was five years old and had never even met the Pittsburgh Steelers’ star quarterback.
Terry Bradshaw used Tom Brady’s name in a hospital
In the spring of 1983, Terry Bradshaw — unknowingly entering his final season with the Pittsburgh Steelers — checked into a Louisiana hospital for minor elbow surgery.
Professional athletes often use aliases, whether they’re in hospitals or hotels. Anyone who came to the hospital looking for Terry Bradshaw would have been out of luck, as no doctors were technically treating someone under that name.
The Tampa Bay Times published quotes that Bradshaw — who went by “Thomas Brady” in the hospital — made to the Tampa Tribune shortly after the surgery. Bradshaw told reporter Tom Ford that the alias wasn’t his choice.
“When I woke up after the operation, a doctor came into the room and told me they had used an alias so I’d be able to rest without being bothered. He said, ‘Your name’s ‘Thomas Brady.’ That’s how it happened.”
There have been no updates regarding if the doctor in question drove a DeLorean to work that day.
Bradshaw and Brady were years away from even crossing paths
Terry Bradshaw and Tom Brady already connected over being Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks.
Now, they can bond over an eerie connection that is nearly 40 years old. Bradshaw was 34 in March 1983, and Brady was still a few months away from turning 6 years old.
Bradshaw confirmed the story in an interview with The Athletic.
“Tom Brady! How lucky am I? There’s no question he and I are linked at the hip — same initials, same number. I had hair back then. I was a sex symbol. I had it all going then.”
The connection makes sense upon further review. The two share the same initials — T.B. — and Thomas is a popular first name.
Still, what are the odds of Bradshaw going by “Thomas Brady” nearly 20 years before a quarterback with the same name made his NFL debut? That would be like then-Houston Rockets big man Moses Malone checking into a hospital in 1977 and being given the alias of Marshall Mathers — or Eminem, as you may know him now.
Terry Bradshaw isn’t the only athlete who has used an alias
An alias now links Terry Bradshaw and Tom Brady, but they’re far from the first professional athletes to use fake names.
On a more serious note, Sports Illustrated reported that boxer Evander Holyfield used the name “Evan Fields” to secure performance-enhancing drugs. Investigators determined it was Holyfield because he used his real phone number and birthdate on a form.
And, who could forget the most famous sports alias of them all?
The Bradshaw and Brady connection is creepy enough right now. If the next story we hear is Mean Joe Greene wanting to wear a jersey displaying “He Hate Me” on its nameplate in the 1970s, someone needs to investigate the Pittsburgh Steelers for crimes against the flow of time.