Terry Bradshaw has never been shy about sharing his opinion. That’s what he gets paid to do as an analyst at Fox Sports. However, sometimes it’s hard to know if his takes are questionable by design or because he is just that disconnected from reality.
On Sunday, before Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers hosted Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC championship game, Bradshaw offered up his thoughts about Brady’s standing among the greatest quarterbacks of all time. It was a classic Bradshaw head-scratching moment.
Terry Bradshaw has history of questionable statements
After winning four Super Bowls as a quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Terry Bradshaw retired following the 1983 season. The next season he moved up to the broadcast booth with CBS. He’s been making curious comments since.
Earlier this season, the 72-year-old Bradshaw appeared to get confused when talking about quarterbacks in the 2020 draft class when he referred to Cincinnati signal-caller Joe Burrow as Doug. In all the years he’s been on television, missing a player’s name on occasion is totally understandable.
However, Bradshaw’s questionable comments haven’t always been so innocent. This year Bradshaw also accused his Fox NFL Sunday co-hosts and fellow Pro Football Hall of Famers Howie Long and Michael Strahan of using steroids during their playing days.
Later in the same broadcast, Terry Bradshaw apologized to Long and Strahan. “Before we go any further with this, I’m always on this show trying to make funny and have people have a good time. Today, I talked about steroids with two guys that I love. And I just want America to know that I’m sorry. I wish I hadn’t. I feel bad that I said that because I know that neither one of you did and I just feel better that I say it in front of our audience.”
Terry Bradshaw comments on Tom Brady before 2020 season
In April 2020, after Tom Brady had announced his move to Tampa Bay, Terry Bradshaw was interviewed by 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh and questioned about Brady as the greatest of all time.
“I don’t think he’s the greatest quarterback of all-time,” Bradshaw said. “It’s hard to say. He may be the best quarterback we’ve had in the last 30 years. Is he better than [Roger] Staubach? No. Is he better than Dan Fouts? No. Dan Marino? No. I’m talking talent-wise when you’re putting all of it together.
“Does he have more Super Bowls than anybody? Yes. Therefore, he’s the best. I absolutely have no problem saying it. If you’ve got the most Super Bowls, you can be in there, but I don’t put anybody as the greatest of all-time. Is he better than Montana? Not in my opinion. Is he better than Drew Brees? Yeah, maybe.”
Still refuses to call Tom Brady the greatest despite numbers
With the 2020 NFL season coming to a close, Tom Brady has added to the already impressive record-setting postseason numbers for his career. The NFC title game is his 14th conference championship game in 21 seasons. Brady has more conference championship wins at nine than the second-most quarterback, Joe Montana, has in total starts at seven. Terry Bradshaw sits in third tied with John Elway and Roger Staubach at six.
Not surprisingly, as far as total playoff games, Brady is in a league of his own at 32 total wins, including last week’s defeat of Brees and the Saints. The next best is Montana with 16. Bradshaw is tied with Peyton Manning and John Elway at 14.
With all the numbers overwhelmingly in Brady’s favor, not to mention what he accomplished this season on a new team, new system, and in the middle of a pandemic, might Bradshaw reconsider his view of Brady?
“He is, to me, by far, the best quarterback we’ve seen in the last 25 years,” Terry Bradshaw said during the Fox NFL Sunday broadcast before the Packers-Bucs NFC championship matchup.
Bradshaw then raved about Brady’s leadership, his poise, and how he thought the 43-year-old Brady would lead the Buccaneers to victory on the road in Green Bay. It’s worth noting, at halftime, Bradshaw again repeated Brady is the best in the last 25 years.
In looking at the history of Terry Bradshaw’s comments on Tom Brady, his remarks can’t be perceived as anything but schtick. The numbers don’t lie.