PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Former Steelers Hall of Fame QB and current Fox Analyst Terry Bradshaw joined the Cook and Joe Show on Thursday to clear up some of his thoughts on Ben Roethlisberger, Mike Tomlin, and his time in Pittsburgh -- including who the greatest QB in Steelers history is.
“I would give it to Ben,” Bradshaw said. “His numbers far exceed mine. I may have more Super Bowls, but he is a much better quarterback”
“I wasn’t bad in my era, but he is a big, strong, accurate, and puts up monstrous numbers and has 2 Super Bowls,” Bradshaw added. “I passed that baton on to him gladly. I absolutely have no problem with that. He deserves it.”
But Bradshaw is not ready to say that Tom Brady is the greatest ever. He says he may have been the best over the past 30 years and has the most Super Bowls but he doesn’t see him as being greater than Roger Staubach, Dan Marino, Dan Fouts or others.
He says he will never give the title of greatest ever to anyone.
Bradshaw also talked about his return to Pittsburgh in October of 2002 with his daughters to be honored in the Steelers ring of Honor at halftime of a Steelers/ Colts Monday night game at Heinz Field which was featured in “A football Life”
Bradshaw said it was good to get back to the city and he says he never had a problem with Pittsburgh but was upset when he left because he could no longer play the game he loved and it had nothing to do with being upset over the city or the fans.
“I never had a problem with Pittsburgh, “ Bradshaw said. “Everybody else thought I had a problem. I never had a problem. I just wasn’t in love with Pittsburgh. I was a southern boy. I was always going to leave. I had a problem with Chuck Noll but not that I couldn’t work with him.”
Bradshaw says despite the problems he had with Noll he respected him and knew that he could help him become a better player.
“I damn sure didn’t always like him but I respected him, “ Bradshaw said. “I knew if I listened to him and learned from him and followed his direction that we would win and that’s all I cared about was winning.”
Bradshaw said that we was given an unfair image here as being a dumb guy which he played up and dealt with but he never had any ill will towards the fans, the city or the team when he left.
“I had no problems with Pittsburgh,” Bradshaw added. “I loved going back to the city. It feels good when I am there.”
Listen to the full interview to hear his thoughts on being criticized for not returning to the city for the funerals of Art Rooney, Dan Rooney and Chuck Noll and how he has the most respect for Mike Tomlin and thinks he did his best job this past season.
Listen below for the full interview.