The case for Terry Bradshaw
The Clutch Factor
Bradshaw was the MVP of 2 of Pittsburgh’s 4 Super Bowls in the 1970s.
In 3 of the 4 Super Bowls he played in, Bradshaw dramatically threw the game-winning touchdown. Bradshaw’s game-winning 64-yard touchdown pass in Super Bowl 10 still stands as one of the most underrated passes in championship game history (in this writer’s opinion). Dallas broke Bradshaw’s jaw on the play but he stood in the pocket and delivered a strike.
Bradshaw led numerous epic playoff runs in his career and capped them with Super Bowl victories. Who can forget the 1978 AFC championship game? After the Oilers were ruled out of bounds on a controversial call in the end zone, No. 12 led the Steelers on a clutch, game-sealing drive that left no doubt about the better team.
The immaculate reception. Hey, I mean, Bradshaw threw that ball…
He was the offensive coordinator. Terry Bradshaw called all the offensive plays for the Steelers while on the field.
Bradshaw is No. 36 all-time, with 23 game-winning drives.
Losing to Denver in the 1977 playoffs. Sure, it was the Orange Crush defense, but come on, man. Bradshaw should never have lost to Craig Morton.
Chargers vs. Steelers in the 1980 playoffs. After charging out to a 28-17 lead, Bradshaw lost his touch down the stretch, completing only 3 of 11 passes as Dan Fouts led San Diego to a 31-28 come from behind victory.