38 Years Ago Today, Terry Bradshaw Checked Into A Hospital As ‘Thomas Brady’

Of all the names he could come up with to use as an alias in 1983, Terry Bradshaw used ‘Thomas Brady.’ What are the chances? Is Terry Bradshaw a time traveler? Are we living in some sort of Truman Show being run by Bradshaw? Was Bradshaw sent here by aliens?

The immediate reaction to seeing something on Twitter like Bradshaw using ‘Tom Brady’ as his alias in 1983 is to assume it’s fake and that someone photoshopped it together for laughs. It’s 100% true though, and it’s right there in the UPI archives. The New York Times archives shows Bradshaw using the alias, too.

“Hiding behind an alias, Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Terry Bradshaw entered a north Louisiana hospital and underwent minor surgery for muscle tears in the elbow of his throwing arm,” the United Press International (UPI) wrote.

“The four-time winning Super Bowl quarterback was admitted to Doctor’s Hospital on March 3 under the name Thomas Brady. Bradshaw, who owns a farm south of Shreveport, was operated on the same day and left the hospital March 5, said hospital administrator Charles Boyd.”

Terry played one game after that surgery. It was a December 10, 1983 win over the Jets. The NFL legend went 5-of-8 for 77 yards and two touchdowns. He felt a pop in his elbow while throwing a 10-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Sweeney. It was the final pass of his career. He left the game and never returned. He retired soon afterwards.

Terry Bradshaw used Tom Brady as an assumed name in 1983

NY Times Terry Bradshaw Tom Brady

Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.


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  1. Great story, Joe…how funny and clever was Terry Bradshaw back in the day. And he hasn’t lost an inch on his fastball (since I don’t recall the football phrase for it lol).

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