Terry Bradshaw, 72, is among the elites of NFL quarterbacks having won four Super Bowls in his 14-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 1989, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Because of his various appearances on TV and in movies, Bradshaw was also the first NFL player to receive a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
But as many have noted, despite his celebrity status, he is a very down to earth man and it showed up a couple of days ago, when someone secretly videoed Terry giving a stranger a hand after his car wouldn’t start because of a dead battery at a Pack ‘N’ Mail in Gainesville, Texas.
According to the Western Journal, it was raining and Bradshaw had parked beside the stalled vehicle. An employee with Pack ‘N’ Mail, Cindy Hammer, videoed the incident explaining that when Bradshaw found out the man’s car battery was dead, he went into the store, purchased a set of booster cables and quickly helped start the stalled vehicle.
When the car started Bradshaw threw his hand in the air, shouted “touchdown” and then gave the man the booster cables.
When a person commenting on the video asked if the man knew that an NFL legend had just helped start his car, Hammer replied:
“He had no idea who was helping him until he came in the store to use the computer and we told him lmbo!! He him and his wife are such sweet humble people.”
Terry Bradshaw is also believer and in an interview in 2008 with CBN, he shared about his encounter with Christ:
“I had one of those great, wonderful, salvation moments in life. It was one of those moments that I knew God’s Spirit had moved into my heart… I couldn’t escape it. Because I learned that God forgave me.”
He went on to say that “everything that I’ve done, everything that I do, is to this day, all the major decisions are through prayer.”
After football, Terry also had a career in broadcasting, and he shared the dangers associated with publicly declaring your faith in Christ.
“He added that today, “We can’t talk about Jesus. We can’t mention that anymore. So we say I’m religious because if you say ‘Jesus,’ you automatically are pigeonholed and kicked off the desk.”
During this interview, he also shared how early during his career he had to fight off statements in the media that he was too “stupid” and “dumb” to be an NFL quarterback.
It reminds me of Jesus who faced similar severe criticism during the early days of His ministry. In chapter 3 of his Gospel, Mark recorded two bizarre criticisms that were levelled against Jesus in rapid succession. First, Christ’s family actually showed up to take Jesus away because they though the Lord was crazy (Mark 3:21) and then immediately after that, the religious and political leaders of the day accused Christ publicly of being demon possessed (Mark 3:22).
These would be hard accusations to deal with, but Jesus chose to believe what His Heavenly Father said at the Lord’s baptism:
“This is beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
We have the same choice. Will we believe what God says about us?