NFL Athlete Number 12 - Terry Bradshaw

Roger Staubach was one of the best. Tom Brady is one of the best. Terry Bradshaw is the best NFL athlete to ever wear the jersey number 12.

Terry Bradshaw, simply put, can be considered one of the best quarterbacks to ever take to an NFL field. He led the Pittsburgh Steelers to four, yes four, Super Bowl Championships. Unmatched by any NFL quarterback ever. Unmatched.

He was twice a Super Bowl MVP (XIII and XIV) and once an NFL MVP (1978.) Drafted first overall out of Louisiana Tech in 1970, he wound up playing his entire career with the Pittsburgh Steelers (from 1970 through 1983.)

Over his career with the Steelers, Bradshaw threw for 212 TDs, 27,989 yards, ran for 32 TDs and 2,257 yards. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989.

Did you know......Terry Bradshaw and Eric Dickerson were both born on September 2nd?

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  1. Peter1:29 AM

    As great as Terry Bradshaw was, and he was one hell of a quaterback not to mention a funny football analyst for FOX NFL Sunday, Tom Brady's going to eclipse Bradshaw as the best athlete to wear #12.

  2. If anyone thinks that Tom Brady will eclipse Terry Bradshaw as the best NFL athlete to wear #12 had better go back to their New Years Eve celebrating. Terry Bradshaw played the position when there was no "extra" protection for QB during the game. If Tom Brady had to face a NFL defense when Terry played, he wouldn't be good enough to make 3rd string. Get Serious

  3. Anonymous12:52 AM

    What makes Terry Bradshaw better than Tom Brady is that Terry Bradshaw called all his own plays in all 4 Super Bowls. It was not like today with the offensive coordinator calling all the plays & the quarterbacks wearing their playbook on their forearm. That is what seperates Bradshaw from Brady!

  4. edouble7:57 AM

    And....the original TB meaning Terry Bradshaw didn't use illegally taped videos to have an advantage! You know once you get caught, everything after that is suspect! It's unfortunate. I'm glad they lost the Super Bowl.

  5. I hate the 49ers, but didn't Montana win 4 also? Bradshaw's stats by the way are very mediocre. He is frequently ignored as one of the best QBs ever, although the 4 titles are huge, but those were great Steelers teams, especially their defense. I hate the Steelers, by the way.

  6. Here's a great #12, John Brodie of the 49ers!

    Fans of John Brodie, QB of the 49ers from 1957 to 1973, and the great San Francisco 49ers, are helping get John R Brodie, enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. We are asking all fans of the 49ers to write or fax a nominating letter to the hall of Fame, for Brodie to be enshrined as a senior candidate.
    We have made a webpage and there are addresses and sample letters you can use. The cut off date for a 2009 nomination is March 1, 2008, so we need the letters sent soon, please. Here is the address:
    Send your letters to:
    Pro Football Hall of Fame
    Attn: Nomination Committee
    2121 George Halas Drive NW,
    Canton, OH 44708

    or Fax: 330-456-9080

    here is the page with the sample letters:

    There is also a Myspace:

    and an online petition, for fans to sign:
    Thanks so much for your help, despite having suffered a severe stroke in 2000, Brodie is still active and follows his beloved 49ers.

    "Many people we have contacted are surprised that Brodie is not already in the Pro Football Hall of fame because of his awesome stats as a football player. In his seventeen year career with the San Francisco 49ers, John Brodie was one of the foremost quarterbacks in football. A quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers from 1957 through 1973, a 17 year run, John Brodie threw for 31,548 yards and tossed 214 TDs in 201 career games. He appeared in the Pro Bowl in 1965 and 1970. He was named NFL/NFC’s Most Valuable Player in 1970.
    His statistics clearly show him to be worthy of the honor of being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame is the greatest honor that can be bestowed upon a football player and John Brodie is more than worthy of such an honor. He was among the leading passers in the league throughout the 1960s. His best statistical year was 1965 when he led the League in passing average (3,112 yards) and 30 touchdowns. When John Brodie retired from the NFL, he ranked third in the NFL in career passing yards."

  7. Anonymous8:59 AM

    And once again, here is somebody who, just because they are a patriots fan, they can't see, hear, smell, touch or taste cheating. brady is a beneficiary of a system that has been caught and PROVEN to have been cheating. And why would someone cheat? to have an unfair advantage over an opponent. This guy is simply not as good as the cheating scheme made him look!

  8. Anonymous7:59 AM

    Jaime, Montana was NOT #12!

  9. Anonymous9:43 PM

    I think Jim Kelley should at least have an honorable mention as a player to wear the #12 Jersey. I know he's no Bradshaw, Brady etc. But come on, he only spent 10 years in the NFL compared to other great QB's (I know these all aren't the #12): Bradshaw-13, Marino-16, Elway-15, etc. and he still managed to put op Hall of Fame stats. Keep in mind if Kelly didn't go to the USFL after the draft and didn't retire early due to his ailing son, who knows what his stats might have been. The Bills may have even lost another Super Bowl. lol.

  10. Anonymous6:02 PM

    Can one of you Brady/Pats haters please show me a link to the NFL rulebook where it says it is against the rules to videotape signals? The only rule the Pats broke was WHERE they filmed from, not THAT or WHAT they were filming.

    Solid choice for Bradshaw at #1, but if Brady stays healthy for 2 or 3 seasons, he should take it over

  11. Anonymous11:37 AM

    He said...Can one of you Brady/Pats haters please show me a link to the NFL rulebook where it says it is against the rules to videotape signals? The only rule the Pats broke...STOP!! Right then...what'd you just say? ...(The only rule the Pats broke)! So you're admitting they broke a rule? Ok, I see. Well, did you know...It was the NFL, (you know the leaugue that governs pro football) that named it, Illegal Videotaping? I really don't think anybody needs to show you anything further.....have a nice day.

  12. Brady is a distant 4th best player to ever wear this number.

    Case can be made for Bradshaw, Kelly and Staubach. Not so much for Brady.

  13. Anonymous11:43 PM

    For Roger Staubach to not even get a mention is crininal. If not for a dropped pass by a wide open Jackie Smith & an unbelievable pass interferance call on Swann, Staubach would be no question #1 on this list,

  14. Bradshaw & Staubach were the best #12 quarterbacks.They played and won at a time football was tough! The competition in that era was far better than it is today.They also did not cheat with video cameras.I'm glad the pats lost their perfect season.I had a real pleasure watching them with their heads down.

  15. Anonymous9:21 PM

    I like Terry Bradshaw, but he is seriously overrated because of the Steelers' four Super Bowl wins. Bradshaw was a very good QB, it's true, but for much of his career, he was arguably not even the best QB to wear number 12. Bob Griese was a better QB from 1970 to 1974, the year the Steelers won their first Super Bowl. It is largely forgotten that Bradshaw wasn't even the starting QB for the first six games of that season.

    In 1975, Bradshaw finally put it all together but I'd say Roger Staubach was the better QB from 1975 through 1979 when he retired. I know Bradshaw's Steelers beat Staubach's Cowboys in two of their Super Bowls, and I concede that Bradshaw was the key to the Steelers' last two Super Bowl seasons when their defense was no longer dominant and their running game was only good enough.

    Nevertheless, Griese, Staubach, and even Ken Stabler in several seasons were all better QBs during Bradshaw's prime. And that's only a list of the guys wearing the #12. Several other players outperformed him as a QB including Fran Tarkenton, Dan Fouts, and Bert Jones. Again, Bradshaw was very good and definitely deserves to be in the Hall of Fame for being a key component on one of the very best teams of the decade, but those four Super Bowl wins tend to over-inflate our memories of a guy who, for much of his career, was considered to be a physically talented but underachieving QB.

  16. Anonymous11:59 AM

    Griese someties would throw 7 passes in a game because #39, 22 and Kiick would make sure that they would be in 3rd and short. Their idea of 3rd and long was 4 may be 5 yards. Please......

    Stabler should be in the his era with the Raiders. He was the original before Montana and Steve Young. #12 was ever-so-dangerous running the two-minute-drill from behind.

    As for Bradshaw, he has a lot of detractors but it seems like every coach that he has ever played against always had good things to say about him. From John Madden, Bud Grant, Tom Landry, Don Shula, etc...

  17. Anonymous4:25 AM

    A lot of great #12's...Staubach, Griese, Stabler, Bradshaw, Kelly, Brady, Brodie. But I think the guy who popularized the number was Joe Namath.

  18. Bradshaw deserves as much credit for his superbowl wins as Eli Manning does for his; that's not a lot. Good quarterback with a great running game, and a terrorizing both cases. I would probably place Jim Kelly higher for number 12's. But Staubach probably is the best.


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