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Bradshaw Book Review

Slowly getting the word out on my Terry Bradshaw book. this is a review by a Carolina Panther football team writer.

Terry Bradshaw: From Super Bowl Champion to Television Personality; a CSR book review

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For Panthers fans it’s a narrative that sounds all too familiar. He’s a big guy, a quarterback with obvious talent and a canon for an arm but critics aren’t buying in. Despite early success, turnovers have been a problem, injuries have been persistent and there’s the big question, is he smart enough to run a pro offense? This was the narrative surrounding future four time Super Bowl winner and MVP Terry Bradshaw not just for the few seasons of his career but even after he had won his first championship.

The narrative that Bradshaw was a country bumpkin without enough upstairs to manage his own play calls haunted the quarterback throughout his entire playing career and well afterwards. Despite testimonies from his coaching staff, teammates and friends that Bradshaw was highly intelligent and capable, the image had stuck and he would spend decades learning to live with it. After playing through injury, enduring a constant rotation at quarterback and struggling with the ethics of labor disputes, Bradshaw forged a career that eventually ended up in the Hall of Fame.

What no one realized back then was Bradshaw had the talent to go far beyond field. When his playing time was up Bradshaw found himself broadcasting games, hosting the pre-game show and eventually pulling down a permanent spot as a fixture of Sundays in the NFL but despite even this level of success Bradshaw’s real passion was in the most unlikely of places.

In the NFL of the 1970s, player contracts weren’t the multi-million dollar affairs they are now. In fact, it was common for the biggest stars to hold day jobs in the off season to pay the bills. Bradshaw was no exception. However, as the coaches and team would soon understand, his talents in other arenas threatened to end his playing career.

Since he was a young boy Bradshaw had been a fan of country music and gospel. It was his status as a pro football player that afforded him the opportunity to begin recording albums and spend the spring and summer of his playing years touring, performing gigs and laying down tracks in Nashville. What we know as the animated, goofy sports anchor spent much of his younger years as a popular radio presence with multiple top 50 offerings. Having a voice that was untrained but resonant with fans nationwide turned Bradshaw into a household name amongst Americans who never watched sports on TV. This says nothing of his roles on TV and movies including a friendship with Burt Reynolds that earned Terry the moniker ‘Hollywood’ in the locker room.

If you thought you knew everything there was worth knowing about Terry Bradshaw from his appearances on the field, there’s a strong possibility you missed out on some of the most interesting aspects of a unique icon in the industry. With an exceptionally well researched account of the life and times of Terry Bradshaw from his birth in Shreveport, Louisiana to four rings with the Pittsburgh Steelers and his shortened career due to injury. Terry Bradshaw: From Super Bowl Champion to Television Personality belongs in the die hard sport’s fans library as an insightful revelation from the fan’s perspective.

You can purchase a copy of Terry Bradshaw: From Super Bowl Champion to Television Personality here.


Grizzlies Chew Up Spurs

Last night’s game was edge of your seat variety with the Spurs clawing their way back to take a one point lead midway throught the fourth quarter. Zach Randolph and Tony Allen proved too much.

Love Memphis as a city more than its cousin Nashville. Mostly because they integrated their music, at least mixing the sounds of blues and country much more than Nashville.See this at the Stax Museum.

Staxtacular at Stax Museum:

Randolph called himself “blue-collar” and Memphis “blue-collar” in a witty and fun response to an annoying question from the reporter after the game.

The questions asked by the ESPN reporter to Tony Allen and Randolph felt degrading to the woman asking them and to the two black men asked to answer them. She started Allen off with reminding him of not fitting in in Boston after he won the championship with the team in 2008. Then, Randolph gets to hear about how he hasn’t fit in on some other teams. It was smart for them to turn the questions into statements about how much they love being in Memphis. But what also came across to me was, woman reporter don’t ask the players questions about their play/performance and ask them about how come they didn’t get along in their previous cities.

What Did McNair Know

I am sad about McNair’s murder. How can one feel otherwise. I appreciate the sentiments of fans who worshipped his performance on the football field and what Titans fans felt he meant to their team.

The quarterback’s friends can be expected to say supportive things. Friends, teammates and opponents had great feelings toward McNair as a person.

McNair’s charity work was fantastic. Some people do donate a percentage fo their earnings. Fewer give their personal time to charity.

One of the most perceptive articles addressed these issues. However, the piece took issue with McNair’s personal behavior because of his not being home for his children. I agree wholeheartedly.

Now as we find out that the McNair’s girlfriend, Sahel Kazemi, faced financial troubles and had doubts about her being his only outside interest, one has to wonder about what type of information she provided to McNair. Did Sahel let him know about her financial concerns. I would imagine that she did and I wonder whether he offered her help? Did she confide her concerns over another woman? This I doubt because it would presumably endanger their continuing relationship ( ie she wouldn’t be fun, she’d be carping at him). Still, I wonder how she would have hid her concerns from him when they saw each other, particularly someone so close to the edge that they would tell their friend that their life was shit!