Former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst Terry Bradshaw will be the keynote speaker for Union University’s fourth annual Roy L. White Legacy Golf and Gala April 26.
Bradshaw, who was the first quarterback to win four Super Bowl championships during his years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, will speak at a banquet and program beginning at 6 p.m. at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in downtown Jackson.
“We are thrilled to have NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw coming for our fourth annual Roy L. White Legacy Golf and Gala,” said Jerry Tidwell, senior vice president for university relations at Union. “Apart from being a very entertaining and inspirational speaker, Terry Bradshaw is a fellow believer who has been transparent about the ways his faith has carried him through some very challenging personal days. He will be one of the most exciting speakers we have had at Union.”
Bradshaw was the first player chosen in the 1970 NFL draft after his collegiate career at Louisiana Tech University. He finished 4-0 in Super Bowl play — a feat duplicated only by Joe Montana. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989.
After his playing career ended, Bradshaw moved into broadcasting, first as a guest commentator for CBS Sports’ NFC postseason broadcasts from 1980-1982, then as an NFL game analyst for CBS in 1984. He became a studio analyst on The NFL Today for four seasons beginning in 1990.
Bradshaw currently serves as co-host and analyst for FOX NFL Sunday, the nation’s most-watched NFL pregame program. His work on the show has earned him three Emmy Awards, and in 1999 he was named TV Guide’s favorite sportscaster.
Bradshaw has also succeeded as an actor and recording artist. He has appeared both in feature films and on popular television shows as a guest star. He recorded four country music albums, two of which were top-selling gospel records nominated for Dove Awards.
As a widely sought after motivational speaker, Bradshaw addresses Fortune 500 companies and major corporations across the country. He has authored five autobiographical books: No Easy Game (1973), Terry Bradshaw: Man of Steel (1979), Looking Deep (1989), It’s Only a Game (2001) and Keep it Simple (2002).
A native of Shreveport, La., Bradshaw attended Woodlawn High School and still holds the single-season passing and total offense records at Louisiana Tech, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education.
An active participant in charity work, Bradshaw was named 1999’s Man of the Year by the Big Sisters of America and 2000’s Father of the Year by the National Father’s Day Council. The NFL honored his contributions with the 1993 Bert Bell Memorial Award and the NFL Alumni’s Career Achievement Award.
White, trustee emeritus at Union, is the title sponsor for the Golf and Gala. Other event sponsors include First Tennessee Bank, Dement Construction and MG Construction.
The event’s golf tournament will be held on April 23 at Jackson Country Club. The grand prize will be a trip for four to play in Hilton Head, S.C.
Cost for a four-person golf team is $1,000. Tables at the gala are available for $1,500, while individual dinner seats are $200 and balcony seats are $50.
For reservations or for more information, visit www.uu.edu/events/golfandgala or call (731) 661-5050 or (800) 338-6644.
Published in The Messenger 3.23.12