Terry Bradshaw used ‘Tom Brady’ alias for elbow surgery … in 1983
As a general life precaution, take anything Terry Bradshaw says with a few large grains of salt, including stories from the early 1980s.
However, the latest doozy from the Hall of Fame quarterback might be too random to disbelieve.
Bradshaw won four Super Bowl rings in the 1970s as the iconic signal-caller for the Pittsburgh Steelers. That places him tied with San Francisco 49ers legend for second on the all-time list for Super Bowl victories by a quarterback, and two behind Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady.
Apparently, that’s not the only way Bradshaw and Brady are linked.
According to the FOX analyst, Bradshaw — perhaps having a premonition about the GOAT of quarterbacks that would come along one way — used the name “Thomas Brady” as an alias to check into a Lousiana medical care facility for elbow surgery in … March of 1983, when Brady was five years old.
“Tom Brady! How lucky am I?” Bradshaw told The Athletic’s Ed Bouchette. “There’s no question he and I are linked at the hip — same initials, same number. I had hair back then. I was a sex symbol. I had it all going then.”
To this day, the retired Steeler (jokingly) takes credit for Brady’s existence and success, as the Original Thomas Brady.
“Everything Tom Brady has today is because of me, do you know that?” Bradshaw cracked. “Think about it. Every record he owns he had to go through me. Get used to that, Tom Brady.
You’re only going to get this from the original TB, all right?” he continued. “I went 4-0 in the Super Bowl. All right, first one. The second one to do it was the greatest of all time, Joe Montana. All right? He tied my record, never broke it. Then comes Tom Brady.
I’m 4-0, Joe’s 4-0. Brady wins his seventh. Win eight, win nine, who cares? Now you take seven victories but you subtract his three losses and you come up with four. Four, four, four. That’s all I got to say and I got to go.”
Unfortunately for Terry Bradshaw, the right elbow ailment would never fully recover, and his career was essentially over.