Tag:Terry Bradshaw
Posted on: February 2, 2012 2:26 am
Edited on: February 2, 2012 2:33 am

Brady-Eli third QB rematch in Super Bowl history

Quarterback rematch? That doesn't bode well for Brady. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Fact: only twice before this year has a Super Bowl featured a rematch of quarterbacks. Eli Manning and Tom Brady will be the third such rematch, and it seems relevant to examine what kind of success the other guys had when they squared off the second time, in advance of Sunday's tilt.

Of course, we need to know who went head-to-head first. Terry Bradshaw of the Steelers and Roger Staubach of the Cowboys battled the first time, way back when the Super Bowl only got one Roman numeral (X). They met again in Super Bowl XIII. And Troy Aikman of the Cowboys met Jim Kelly of the Bills twice during the Fire Marshall Bill Halftime Era.

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If you know much about the NFL, you can make an educated guess as to how these sort of rematches play out for the guy who lost the first game. (A: Not well.) Bradshaw's one of only two quarterbacks with four Super Bowl wins; Joe Montana is the other. (Although a Brady win on Sunday would net him a fourth.)

And those Jim Kelly squads were great up until the "Big Game" -- four straight AFC Championships netted exactly zero Super Bowl wins. That, by the by, is a reminder of how fleeting these moments are, and why winning them matters more than anyone who doesn't play the game will every know.

Anyway, Super Bowl X took place on January 18, 1976 in Miami. Bradshaw's Steelers toppled the Cowboys 21-17. Bradshaw was nine of 19 (!) for 209 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Staubach was 15 of 24 for 204 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. The NFL presents a slightly different game these days, huh?

When they two matched up again three years later, Bradshaw was substantially more effective in his second win, going 17 of 30 for 318 yards, four touchdowns and one pick in a 35-31 win. Staubach was no slouch either, completing 17 of 30 passes too. He only threw for 228 yards but did have three teeters and a pick.

Aikman and Kelly squared off for the first time in Super Bowl XXVII, a 52-17 blowout for the Cowboys. (Michael Jackson performed both "Billie Jean" and "Black and White" at this game, which is equal parts awesome and ... aging.)

Kelly suffered an injury in this game, so Frank Reich led the Bills with 194 passing yards, one touchdown and a pick. Kelly threw two picks despite leaving early; the Bills coughed up an awkward nine turnovers in the loss. As you would imagine, that could have eliminated the need for the Cowboys to produce eye-popping stats, but Aikman threw for four touchdowns anyway.

When the two met a year later at the Georgia Dome, the result was different, but still the same. Aikman threw for 207 yards and no touchdowns, while Kelly produced 260 yards and zero touchdowns as well. A series of field goals and/or rushing touchdowns provided the scoring and neither quarterback was particularly effective, from a statistical sense.

So which direction does 2012 take? Logic (and a 55-point over/under in Vegas) says the former. Brady and Manning should see more success than Kelly and Aikman saw in their rematch.

Even though the Giants pass rush is ferocious, neither defense is absolutely elite, while both offenses are the definition of potent. Regardless, the short history of quarterback rematches in the Super Bowl doesn't exactly favor Brady. Then again, shattering NFL playoff trends isn't exactly something new for the Patriots signal caller.

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Posted on: January 23, 2012 4:30 pm

If you pick against NYG, Mara is coming for you

By Josh Katzowitz

Hell hath no fury like a woman whose team you picked against in the NFC championship game. Fox’s Terry Bradshaw learned that lesson the hard way Sunday after the Giants defeated the 49ers when Ann Mara, widow of former team owner Wellington Mara, (playfully) accosted Bradshaw as he tried to conduct postgame interviews.

As Bradshaw tried to excuse himself from her poking, Mara scolded, “You never pick the Giants.” Bradshaw, laughing, apologized for his behavior.

Here's the video (via Black Sports Online):


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Posted on: April 18, 2011 9:06 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 9:07 am

Roethlisberger could play another eight seasons

Roethlisberger Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Will already told you about the pain Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger feels every time he steps foot into his bathroom (and it’s got NOTHING to do with kidney stones).

But I also found it interesting when Roethlisberger talked to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about when he might retire. Since he’s been in the league since 2004 and since he’ll enter his eighth season of competition, he figures he’s about halfway home. Go for another eight years, Roethlisberger said, and he might be ready to step off the field.

“Sixteen years is a long, good career,” Roethlisberger told the paper. “Eight years is long considering the normal life expectancy in this game. If I'm lucky enough and my body's still intact and that's what I'm supposed to do, I'll play as long as I can. I'd like to call it halfway."

Playing another eight or nine years would be a lofty goal for Roethlisberger. He’s already made clear that he wants to win more Super Bowl titles than any other NFL QB in history (he’s got two, and Pittsburgh’s Terry Bradshaw and San Francisco’s Joe Montana each have four), and it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he could win three Super Bowls in the next eight or nine years (highly unlikely but not impossible).

But Roethlisberger also takes such a pounding each season – most of which is by design – you have to wonder if physically he’ll get to play for that long.

Maybe getting married will help his long-term health (doesn't science say that it does?) – even if it makes him a little bit crazier as a byproduct.

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Posted on: April 17, 2011 2:39 pm

Big Ben's bathroom reminder: Super Bowl nameplate

Posted by Will Brinson

The Super Bowl loss to the Green Bay Packers did not go over well with Ben Roethlisberger, as you might expect. In fact, I remember standing with Gregg Doyel, who would later write this piece about how much it hurt Ben, watching a suddenly beardless Ben get dressed while being carefully guarded from speaking with the media. (Yes, that sentence sounds ended up worse than I thought it would.)

As further proof of how much the loss hurt him, though, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette offers up this proof: Ben's got his Super Bowl nameplate positioned in a prominent spot in his bathroom.

"The day I got back, I took my nameplate from my locker -- 'Ben Roethlisberger, Super Bowl XLV' -- and it's sitting underneath my mirror in my bathroom," Roethlisberger said. "I want to see that every day. It hurts a lot."

Losing a Super Bowl was a new experience for Roethlisberger, who'd won his first two starts in the big one, and it's clearly not something he's going to quickly forget.

"The first loser, and that kills me," Ben said. "Until I can get back to that point, I want to remember the pain, and it's going to burn in me until we can get back and win one. If it never happens, I'll be killed, but I'm going to do my best to get back there."

Roethlisberger also added that he "wants to get one more than anybody else" -- winning last year's Super Bowl against the Packers would have put him in a pretty good position to eclipse the current high of four (Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana are the only quarterbacks with that many each).

Now Ben needs three titles to top Bradshaw and Montana, which is still an absolute possibility, but not something anyone would expect at this point.

Then again, Roethlisberger's also now firmly aware of the devastating pain that comes with actually losing one, and that could end up providing more motivation than any bathroom mirror ever could.

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Posted on: April 12, 2011 3:37 pm

Terry Bradshaw suffering from concussion symptoms

Posted by Will Brinson

The latest former player to speak out against long-term concussion symptoms is a big name: FOX Sports NFL pregame host Terry Bradshaw, who revealed on Tuesday that he's suffering from short-term memory loss and the loss of hand-eye coordination as a result of brain injuries suffered when he was in the NFL.

Bradshaw's credentials as a football player -- two Super Bowl MVPs and four Super Bowl rings with the Pittsburgh Steelers -- are second-to-none. And although he only works for the second-best NFL pregame show on television, it's impossible to argue that he's not highly recognizable.

Which means his recent statements, both at a charity event in Louisiana and in a recent first-person piece at FOXSports.com, should carry a lot of weight.

"I forgot the numbers. It's pretty staggering; if you play in the NFL and start for 10 years, it's not good. It is not good," Bradshaw said according to KTBS.com 

Bradshaw also said he believed he suffered six concussions during his playing days, as well as numerous hits that caused him to "clear the cobwebs." (Read: probably a concussion.) And he confirmed these symptoms in his piece at FOX, published on Tuesday afternoon, in which he discussed his decision to make these problems public. 

"Why did I go public?" Bradshaw wrote. "Well, I thought it would be good for a lot of players for this to get out, for me to tell my story because I was a quarterback. I know how much my late center Mike Webster suffered. I can only imagine what a lot of defensive players from my era are going through. I’ve talked with Howie Long about this. He understands what I’m going through. I just thought it would good for them to hear what I had to say. I also think other players should speak up and say what they’ve been experiencing. It’s good for the soul and your brain."

Bradshaw also said that during the "toward the end of last season on the FOX pregame show, maybe the last six weeks, I really started to forget things."

Bradshaw detailed how he's been taking medicine to boost his memory, and how his short-term memory loss led to anxiety, which led to depression.

Perhaps most importantly, he dropped a line about the state of concussion treatment in the NFL -- "But it's nowhere where it needs to be." -- that should ring loud and clear for everyone in and around the NFL.

The long-term effects of concussions are absolutely debilitating, and any discussion of player safety shouldn't be simply a backdrop or leverage mechanism for labor negotiations. It should be priority No. 1.

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