Terry Bradshaw once used 'Tom Brady' as assumed name for arm surgery in 1983
Before becoming a sports icon and winning Super Bowls, there was another 'Tom Brady' in the NFL. Although, it's not what you think.
In 1983, Pittsburgh Steelers legend Terry Bradshaw assumed the name of the future Hall of Fame quarterback when he was admitted for arm surgery in Louisiana. The namesake came by complete coincidence for the four-time Super Bowl winner, as he was using Tom Brady, who was also a patient at the hospital that day and farmer from Shreveport.
Now, 38 years later the bizarre story about Bradshaw's alias from UPI resurfaced on Twitter. All in the name of protecting the QB from the press in his hometown.
"Many times we have to admit people under an assumed name or under no name to keep the press and fans away," hospital administrator Charles Boyd told UPI in 1983.
Bradshaw was seeking treatment down in the bayou for muscle tears in his throwing arm. This happened prior to the final season of his 14-year NFL career.
As one of the best in NFL history, Bradshaw led the Steelers to two back-to-back Super Bowl runs in the 1970's. Along with the presence of the 'Steel Curtain', Pittsburgh defeated the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IX. And did it again in Super Bowl X against the Dallas Cowboys.
Three years later, the Steelers once again took out Tom Landry's heavily-favored Cowboys for a third championship. Pittsburgh then repeated in Super Bowl XIV with a victory over the Los Angeles Rams.
Bradshaw left football and is now an analyst for FOX Sports.