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Hawaii 5-0
06-21-2012, 05:54 PM
Former Steelers Bradshaw Predicts End Of Football

Jun 21st, 2012 by dbuzardSteelers


Terry Bradshaw has always been an enigma. He admitted it to me and millions of other people on a Monday night at Heinz Field. My buddy, Todd and I were at the Steelers/Colts game that night and surprise, surprise there’s T Brad getting honored or recognized or at least acknowledged at half time. He stood at the center of the field, flanked by his two daughters, and accepted the (mostly) applause and cheers from the fans that didn’t have to pee or need more nachos. He said how good it felt to hear the ovation from the Pittsburgh faithful again and encouraged the adulation to continue a little longer. He apologized for being an enigma to the fans and stated that the fans were always an enigma to him as well. For years Bradshaw had largely avoided Pittsburgh, even missing Art Rooney’s funeral. The four time Super Bowl champion, and two time Super Bowl MVP, did the best he could to begin to square his reputation with Steeler Nation that night. The Blonde Bomber then began returning to the Steel City more and more often. Stan Savran did an excellent interview with Bradshaw on Sportsbeat (RIP) in which they discussed the quarterback’s up and down relationship with the Pittsburgh fans, media, and Chuck Noll. The relationship between the QB and the City of Champions continued to warm. In recent years, Bradshaw has been seen in Pittsburgh hosting celebrity roasts, town hall meetings with former team mates, and interviewing current players and coaches. The citizens of Steeler Nation have come to know, respect, and mostly like Terry Bradshaw.

Bradshaw’s post football career has been next to amazing! He plays a mix of sage and simpleton, comic and commentator as well as anyone since Andy Griffith. He is a trusted football analyst, go to guy as a product pitch man, compelling interviewer AND interview subject, and has even done some acting. Not bad for a man who was called out as dead more times than Rasputin.

Last week Terry Bradshaw made some minor headlines for comments he made on Jay Leno’s late night (but not too late) gabfest. I am not a huge fan of Jay’s (CoCo, Baby) but watching him spar with Bradshaw, who goes off script and bounces from topic to topic like a humming bird on crack, is a real joy. There is no canned conversation when those two chatter boxes throw down and that is refreshing. Jay steered (after about seven attempts) the conversation towards football (surprise!!) and specifically to the suddenly hot button issue of NFL head injuries. Bradshaw did his level best to laugh off the first few questions and then waded into the fray by admitting that he had been knocked unconscious on the field six times in his career. He also added that if he had a son, he would not allow the child to play football. (Steeler Nation may wish that Clay Matthews’ old man had the same convictions…..) Then came the Bradshaw bombshell that got him some media traction: “In the next decade, we will not see football as it is”. OMG!! Bradshaw is predicting the end of the game! Well, probably not. That quote is as nebulous and enigmatic as anything that anyone has ever put out there. You could say that about anything: breakfast cereal comes to mind but I’m thinking that is because I’m hungry as hell right now. Yep Terry, things change. Football changes all the time. When Stan Savran (love the show!!) asked Bradshaw how severely his ADD/ADHD affected his ability to call his own plays, Bradshaw’s broke it down simply: “If the corners were up it was man to man. If they were off the line, it was zone. Throw it to the open guy”. I would say the game has changed a lot since then, Terry. The schemes are more complex, the players better conditioned, the equipment is top notch, the playing surfaces are much better, and almost nobody is on the juice!!

I know that the Hall of Fame member is addressing the concussion concerns that are on everyone’s mind (har har) right now. He told Leno that he sees basketball and soccer becoming more popular high school sports in the near future because they present less chance of injury. I’ve seen the waiting room at UPMC’s Sports Medicine Institute; I don’t think all of those kids play football. Modern football is safer now than it ever has been. Medical technology is better now than it ever has been. Players are being diagnosed with more injuries and conditions because science is allowing us to see the brain working in a 3D environment and players are actually pulled from competition if they are having symptoms. Tiny cameras can look inside the knee and shoulder and elbow so that even tinier medical instruments can go in and repair damage that couldn’t have even been seen let alone be fixed when Pittsburgh was building its dynasty.

Are concussions a major concern for the league and its players right now?


Do these issues need to be addressed right now? Damn straight!

Is this the beginning of the end of professional tackle football? Not a chance.

Is Terry Bradshaw still the beloved mayor of Dog Patch? You betcha!!


Millers the sh!t
06-21-2012, 11:18 PM
I'm kind of with Terry on this one. I bet in ten years we'll be wishing it was as "hard hitting" as it is today. Bye bye tough nosed defenses.

Fire Arians
06-22-2012, 01:05 AM
no matter what happens, even if they sissify the sport, it will continue to be popular. i may hate goodell and everything that he's done to the sport, but sadly, i will still be waiting for every sunday just like it's always been

06-22-2012, 01:14 AM
no matter what happens, even if they sissify the sport, it will continue to be popular. i may hate goodell and everything that he's done to the sport, but sadly, i will still be waiting for every sunday just like it's always been

Not me, if it's not the real deal they can shove it up their ass! I find it hard to watch games now sometimes, a couple more rules under the premise of "safety" and I won't be watching the NFL. I love the Steelers but the Steelers are a football team, I don't have an interest in seeing them as a dancing team.

06-22-2012, 11:14 AM
You will see scores in the 70s to 80s range all of the offensive side "RECORDS" will be shattered by QBs safely tucked in the pocket that if you touch him a flag will be thrown for "roughing the passer".

Football will change Defense will become a thing of the past it has already started and the way it looks nothing is going to stop it.

Millers the sh!t
06-22-2012, 11:17 AM
Is it just me or do they actually let them play during the playoffs?

At least we have that much.......

06-22-2012, 11:36 AM
He talks way too much, what a moron...

06-22-2012, 12:10 PM
Is it just me or do they actually let them play during the playoffs?

At least we have that much.......

It's just you

06-22-2012, 12:49 PM
The sky is falling...

If there is a major change it will be to a helmet technology with soft padding on the outside.

Millers the sh!t
06-22-2012, 10:56 PM
It's just you

Nah, they let them play.......

06-23-2012, 04:39 PM
Is it just me or do they actually let them play during the playoffs?

Oh yes,it's just you:chuckle:

06-23-2012, 05:13 PM
Is it just me or do they actually let them play during the playoffs?

At least we have that much.......

It's just you.

06-24-2012, 07:52 AM
Usually i don't agree with Terry on much lol, but on this one he's absolutely right, no question.

Someone above said it correct : In ten years, you'll be 'wishing' you had "hard" hitting football such as today. We now live in a sociey where everybody wants to sue everyone and their brother instead of taking responsibility for their actions (did this all start with the McDonald's coffee lawsuit? )

You WILL see, in our lifetimes, major rule changes far beyond what is out there today. For starters,we will see the day when a QB at minimum (if not an entire offense) CANNOT be tackled or hit. There will be flag or touch type of rules. No question.
Will kickoffs disappear and the ball instead be placed on a determined yard line? Quite possibly. And who knows what else.
If you think the game is going to stay what it is today, right now, you are sadly mistaken and have your head in the sand (far in the sand). Look at all the rule changes in the last 2 or 3 years. Imagine a stretch of another 10, 15 years, with everyone throwing their 2 cents and changes in.

06-24-2012, 07:53 AM
no matter what happens, even if they sissify the sport, it will continue to be popular. i may hate goodell and everything that he's done to the sport, but sadly, i will still be waiting for every sunday just like it's always been

We live in a "sissy" world today. Of course it will be :sofunny:

Hawaii 5-0
06-30-2012, 02:06 AM
Guest Slog: Steelers will adapt


Ed Bouchette is on vacation, and he's asked his loyal 'Slog' readers to fill in during his absence. Today's entry comes from Bill Strickland of Bensalem, Pa., who talks about how the Steelers will endure whatever changes come to the NFL. Enjoy.

Terry Bradshaw said the game will fade away.

The monstrous hits on quarterbacks from generations of linebackers, from Jack Lambert, to Greg Lloyd, to James Harrison, will always be fond memories to Steelers fans. I still smile at the '93 season game where the AFC bullies, the Bills, were battered by our Steelers 23-0 and our defense administered three concussions to three starters including Jim Kelly.

Today, many of those hits I just mentioned would have resulted in fines big enough to pay off my mortgage. They would have also resulted in suspensions that would have had Aaron Jones, who nailed Don Beebe, suspended forever.

Let's fast-forward to today.

I was mad at Roger Goodell for making James Harrison a scapegoat for hits he found detrimental. I was even more mad at Art II. I, even at the ire of my fellow PG+ friends, referred to him as a "pansy". I was comparing him to his dad. Dan defended Harrison on a domestic abuse charge at the wrath of women's advocates while James was getting killed with fines for ... doing his job. When I heard Art did step up I was secretly impressed.

Now to Roger. I used to loathe him for what I mentioned above. Now I just loathe ever having to be him. The older generations of NFL players that are complaining of the game getting too soft also have the ones filing lawsuits in the hundreds over suspected head injuries supported by ambulance chasers. I bet some of these players suing the league were ones trying to deliver the blows that they feel victimized for receiving.

The word is out. Lawsuits are filed, players are publicly stating they don't want their kids playing this game, and the media has done a great job of connecting the game with players going off the deep end.

Maybe they're right. If so, this game will be very different. I won't say it will go to flag football but it will look like the Pro-Bowl, which if not for giving the recipients of that honor a trip to Hawaii would be extinct. Many parents will not want their kids playing now. Most want their kids going to college and not with their heads being scrambled eggs -- as they would see it.

So where do the Rooneys come in the picture? As a reigning ownership since 1933 they have seen it all. Who else would you want in this situation? Blanc, Ross, Lurie, Adams, Kraft, Richardson, Jones to name a few other owners. I put my money on Art. Don't forget, Dan's tenure in Ireland is about over so you have to believe that he will put his two cents in.

This advantage will enable the Steelers to adapt.

And if Terry is right, he will get great resistance from the family that made him famous, giving him the pulpit that enabled him to say that.


07-15-2012, 09:32 AM
I think it was Wolfley, very good friends with Webster, and the Steelers' most common pulling guard for years, who weighed in on this by saying that they all know the risks. All the, "what about our brains" stuff is like smokers blaming the tobacco companies. You know what you are getting into when you put the uniform on. If you don't want to take the risk play softball. Life is dangerous, and some of beat ourselves up every day for way less money.

I don't watch NASCAR anymore because it is more of a reality tv show than a competition. I'm on the verge of abandoning football.