Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® President, Barry Carper, is delighted to announce that former Pittsburgh Steelers-great, NFL Hall of Fame inductee and award-winning FOX NFL Sunday broadcaster Terry Bradshaw will serve as Grand Marshal for the 2020 Festival.
Terry Bradshaw is a four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, a two-time Super Bowl MVP, a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee and a multi-Emmy and awarding-winning broadcaster. The 6’3” Bradshaw was the first player chosen in the 1970 NFL draft and became one of the most prolific quarterbacks in League history. He was the first quarterback to win four Super Bowl championships (1975, 1976, 1979 and 1980), making him a perfect 4-0 in Super Bowl play. This extraordinary feat has only been duplicated once since, 10 years later, by Joe Montana. In Bradshaw’s four Super Bowl performances, he completed 49 of 84 attempted passes for 932 yards (sixth all-time), including nine touchdowns and just three interceptions. Terry still holds the Super Bowl passing records for average gain per attempt in a career (11.1 yards) and average gain in a game (14.7 yards in Super Bowl XIV). Bradshaw, a two-time Super Bowl MVP (Super Bowls XIII and XIV), was also a four-time All-Pro. Terry retired from the NFL prior to the 1984 season.
Widely acknowledged as today’s preeminent NFL studio personality, Bradshaw segued to broadcasting as a guest commentator for CBS Sports’ NFC postseason broadcasts (1980-82). He joined CBS Sports as an NFL game analyst in 1984, then became a studio analyst on The NFL Today for four seasons beginning in 1990. Today, Terry is a co-host and analyst on the Emmy Award-winning NFL pregame show Fox NFL Sunday. In 2006, the nationally prominent Davies-Brown Index rated Terry to be the best-known broadcaster in all of sports. His work on Fox NFL Sunday earned him Sports Emmy Awards in the Outstanding Sports Personality/Analyst category in 1999, 2001 and 2009 and he was named TV Guide’s Favorite Sportscaster in 1999. Most recently, Bradshaw was a prominent figure during the pre-game, halftime and post-game commentary at Super Bowl LIV.
Along with his broadcasting career, Bradshaw has appeared in several feature films, including Paramount’s recent $100 million hit Failure to Launch, starring Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Bates. Terry also lent his unique voice to the $250 million-grossing animated film Robots. Previously, Bradshaw garnered kudos for his appearances in Hooper and Cannonball Run. His television roles including guest starring spots on Everybody Loves Raymond, 8 Simple Rules, Malcolm in the Middle, Evening Shade,
Blossom, Hardcastle and McCormick, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. and Married . . . With Children, along with his vocal contribution to an episode of King of the Hill.
Bradshaw hosted his own talk show, The Home Team with Terry Bradshaw, the first talk show ever to debut simultaneously on a network and syndicated television. Most recently, Bradshaw starred with Charisma Carpenter and Nicholas Brendon in the ABC Family telefilm Relative Chaos. During Super Bowl LIV, Jason Kennedy from E! News formally announced Terry’s new docu-series, The Bradshaw Bunch, will air this summer on the E! channel. The 2020 summer premiere will give fans an inside look into the longtime pro quarterback’s home and family life. “I’m excited and a little nervous to let the world see the crazy life I share with Tammy and our girls,” said Bradshaw. “I never know what will happen next around here between Rachel, Lacey, and Erin…I thought winning four Super Bowls was hard, but it’s nothing compared to having three girls.”
Bradshaw launched a successful singing career by recording four albums, two of which were top-selling gospel records nominated for Dove Awards. His cover of Hank Williams’ I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry became a Top 10 country hit. He recorded a children’s holiday album entitled Terry Bradshaw Sings Christmas Songs for the Whole Family. He has also worked with superstar Willie Nelson on a cut for the NFL Country record which paired current and former NFL stars with renowned country artists.
An author of five books and esteemed New York Times best-selling author, Bradshaw easily brings his signature charm and charisma to the written page. They include his acclaimed autobiographies, Looking Deep (1989), It’s Only A Game (2001) and Keep it Simple (2002), No Easy Game (1973) and Terry Bradshaw: Man of Steel (1979). As a widely sought after motivational speaker, Bradshaw speaks to Fortune 500 companies and major corporations across the country. Energizing and motivating with his inspirational style and personality, Bradshaw has become one of the most sought after sports personality speakers today.
A native of Shreveport, LA, Bradshaw attended Woodlawn High School, the program that also produced former Buffalo Bills quarterback Joe Ferguson. He went on to attend Louisiana Tech, where he still holds the single-season passing and total offense records. He was a first-team Associated Press All-America as a senior in 1970 and later that year received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Louisiana Tech.
Bradshaw has racked up numerous awards and honors during his long, diverse career. Terry is very proud of is work on behalf of those less fortunate and has helped raise a tremendous amount of money and awareness while earning the gratitude and respect of countless charitable organizations. He was named NFL Player of the Year by The Associated Press, Sport magazine and the Maxwell Club of Philadelphia following his 1978 season with the Steelers; in 1979, he shared Sports Illustrated’s Man of the Year award with Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1993, he won the NFL’s Bert Bell Memorial Award for significant contributions made to the league. In 2001, Bradshaw added yet another prestigious distinction with the NFL Alumni’s Career Achievement Award. Outside the realm of football, he was named 1999’s Man of the Year by the Big Sisters of America, 2000’s Father of the Year by the National Father’s Day Council, and in October 2001 became the NFL’s first and only player to receive a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
When he’s not commentating, Terry enjoys spending time at his ranch in rural Oklahoma with his wife Tammy and their three daughters, Rachel, Erin and Lacey.
Insider’s Note: Best chances for the public to see Terry Bradshaw: Partlow Insurance Sports Breakfast presented by Grange Insurance on Saturday, May 2 at 8:00 am and during the Glo Fiber Grand Feature Parade at 1:30 pm on Saturday, May 2nd. Event tickets and parade seating are currently on sale online.