Not the same situation, but I remember when Bradshaw was injured at the end of his career, couldn't play, but was undermining Cliff Stoudt by throwing passes on the sidelines, causing the crowd to chant for him and to boo Stoudt even more.
I have a Terry Bradshaw story. I probably told it before, but I'll tell it again. It's really my dad's story, but I tell it better than him.
January 1985. Parkersburg, West Virginia. We had just moved there and didn't have a house yet, so my dad's employer was putting us up in the Holiday Inn, which was the nicest place in town. A snowstorm hits. Sort of paralyzes the area.
My dad went down to the bar -- which is still odd to me because he really doesn't drink. A half hour or so after he got there, he calls up to the room "Curt, Craig, if you have any Terry Bradshaw cards, grab 'em and come down here."
Terry Bradshaw, not too deep into retirement, is in town to sign autographs or make some appearance someplace. He got stuck in the snowstorm and checked into the Holliday Inn. He's in the bar. My dad walked over to him, said "hi" sat down with him and the two of them hung out.
My brother and I go down, for some reason an 11 and 13 year-old kid are let into the bar. We find them, Terry says hi to us, signs our cards, and was really nice about it. We leave.
Turns out that ALSO that night in the bar, there's a lingerie truck show/fashion show kind of thing happening? Like, for real, on a stage, with models. Bradshaw and my dad watch the thing for a while, drinking beers. Then it gets fun . . .
The MC of the show recognizes Bradshaw and tries to get him to come on stage to model a men's robe/smoking jacket kind of thing. Bradshaw laughs and declines. Then says "my buddy here will do it," pointing to my dad.
My dad goes up on stage -- probably had two beers in him so he was GONE -- and models a damn smoking jacket with Terry Bradshaw hooting and hollering for him.
Somewhere in my parents' house there's a polaroid photo of a half-crocked Terry Bradshaw and a fully-crocked Richard Calcaterra in the Holiday Inn lounge in Parkersburg, WV, with my dad in a smoking jacket. I still have the Bradshaw autographs. 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1984 Topps.

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