The Eagles or the Pats? — Football legend, Terry Bradshaw reveals his Super Bowl pick days before the big game, while reflecting on his own career!
With the Super Bowl just days away, 4x Super Bowl champ and 2x Super Bowl MVP, Terry Bradshaw, 69, dove deep into the game with HollywoodLife.com, while also discussing his Tide ad [more info below]. And, his pick to win Super Bowl 52? — The Philadelphia Eagles! He admitted that he’s aware of the whole underdog story, but with the help of his close friend, Chris Long, 32, Bradshaw said the Eagles will come out on top! “Philadelphia is going to win!” he yelled. “It’s only natural that they’re underdogs because of [Tom] Brady and [Bill] Belichick. The last time the Eagles went to the Super Bowl, 13 years ago, they played New England. But, they still defeated the same two teams they did this time to get to the Super Bowl. It’s kind of one of those things, where you go, ‘Oh wow.’ I think the Eagles are a good enough football team and they will be able to play them reckless, aggressive and smart,” Bradshaw explained. “I think if Philly can get ahead, they have 8 people that rush the passers, and the fact that Chris Long is there, I can make a case for them winning!”
Bradshaw led the “Fly Eagles Fly” chant after the Eagles won the NFC Championship over the Vikings on January 21, 38-7. Having spent 13 years with a Pennsylvania team, Bradshaw garnered great success while part of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1970-1983. — Therefore, it was only right to ask him just how special it was to lead the Eagles chant with his longtime friend, Chris Long beside him on the podium at the NFC Championship. “It’s a time I really cherish, the trophy presentation and all,” he said. Bradshaw went on to explain his relationship with covering the games now, after his successful career. “I’ve gotten more and more comfortable over the years covering games and I enjoy it now more. I know what the players are going through at that moment; They have these dreams of going to the Super Bowl and their goals are to one day experience what it’s like to play at a Super Bowl. So, I kind of take on an elder statement presence. I feel like I’m a dad or grandfather to these players and I respect them so much because I know how hard this is to do. “
As for his relationship with Long? — Bradshaw cherishes not only Chris, but the entire Long family, including his colleague Howie, Chris’ father. “They [Chris and his brother] call me Uncle T, I’ve known those boys since they were 8-years-old,” Bradshaw recalled. “I told Howie [Long] it’s the circle of life — Those kids at one point were sitting on my knee, chasing me around and beating me up and pounding me with snowballs when I couldn’t see and now here’s one in Chicago playing All-Pro and Chris now in Philly going to the Super Bowl. Not to mention, he went to the Super Bowl with the Patriots last year, and he’s going again with the Eagles!”
Long actually donated his entire season’s income to charity, including his first six paychecks to Charlottesville Scholarship programs. “Very few players give up their entire salary. He is a man who cares about people,” Bradshaw said about Long. “He has a passion for people in need. His football accomplishments, while they’re special, when you get to know him, you find out he’s a pretty special person and such a good man. It’s easy to pull for him.”
Bradshaw took us inside his relationship with Harbour and their pre-commercial preparation. “They decided to go a different direction this year and use David, but, my experience as a promoter of America’s No. 1 detergent and having used it my entire life and never used another detergent [neither did my mother] — I am a natural believer,” he said. “It gets the stains out, I proved that to you last year. And, I am here to sell David on the idea that ‘the stain isn’t the star David, you are! Don’t give in!’ I felt bad for him because he’s under a lot of pressure, I mean he has to do better than me and he knows that. And, I want him to know that because that will bring the best out of him. I’m there to encourage him and I’m happy to a part of Tide and the commercials they do for the Super Bowl, which, by the way, you and I both know are some of the best ever.” Can’t argue that! “When you’re a customer, it makes it special,” Bradshaw said, adding, “And, it’s great that they brought me back!” — We think so, too!
HollywoodLifers, who is your pick for SB 52?