The case for Terry Bradshaw
Okay. We’ve seen Big Ben’s resume. Now let’s see what Terry Bradshaw accomplished during his Hall of Fame career.
This one is pretty cut and dried. Terry Bradshaw has four Super Bowl rings weighing down his throwing hand. Not only that, but in 1976, a year that many of us old guys recall for the dominance of the Steelers’ defense, the team failed to make the Super Bowl when Bradshaw was injured and failed to play up to the level Steelers fans had seen before being hurt. Given how incredible the defense was that year, it’s difficult to argue that Bradshaw was merely the beneficiary of terrific teammates. They needed him and he was hurt. No Super Bowl.
Completion %: 51.9
Passer Rating: 70.9
As with Ben, these speak for themselves, and say as much about the player as the era in which he played.
Hall of Famers (Who played with Bradshaw): 9
Note: Head Coach, Chuck Noll, was also a HOF’er, as was Bradshaw himself.
Overview: Terry Bradshaw enjoyed one of the greatest supporting casts in NFL history. The team was littered with HOF’ers and the names not enshrined in Canton are still recognized as all-time greats – Rocky Bleier, LC Greenwood, Dwight White, Ernie Holmes. It should be noted that while Joe Montana was surrounded by similar greatness, this is not held against him the same way that Bradshaw’s teammates seem to dim his standing as an all-time great QB.
Supporting Cast Rating: Elite