Terry Bradshaw has been in the limelight since the 1970s when he carried the Pittsburgh Steelers to multiple Super Bowls and became one of the most successful quarterbacks in the history of the National Football League.
Before his football career was even over, he began expanding into the world of entertainment.
Whether you know Bradshaw better from his athletic career or his acting career, you can’t miss his face or baseball glove-sized hands.
What Is Terry Bradshaw’s Net Worth?
Terry Bradshaw has a net worth of $45 million with an annual salary of $5 million.
Although Bradshaw may have started as the strongest arm in the National Football League, he has managed to broaden his horizons and take on many different industries.
His 14-season run with the Pittsburgh Steelers was one of the most successful careers of a professional football player.
Fans were amazed by the way that he played, allowing him to build up a fanbase.
After his time in the National Football League, Terry Bradshaw turned to the television and film industries where he found great friends and even more success.
The former football star has been acting since 1978 and continues to appear in movies and films to this day, meaning that his acting career has been going on longer than did his football career.
While entertainment was fun to be a part of, Bradshaw wanted to make his money go further.
He began buying real estate all over Oklahoma, Texas, and Mexico, but his luck quickly ran dry when the recession of the early 2000s began to set in.
Bradshaw lost nearly $1 million on real estate, but he doesn’t have a single regret about the money he lost.
He prefers to be wise with his money and learned the importance of being financially conservative.
Terry Bradshaw still needed something to satisfy his hunger for the business world, so he began to buy and sell private jets for a living.
This self-proclaimed “airplane junkie” has gotten his airplane sales down to a science.
Bradshaw was able to earn himself a little money as a country musician, starting back in 1976, with his most recent song being released in 2020.
He has even written multiple books about his time as a professional football player.
Spending His Younger Years On The Field
During Terry Bradshaw’s younger years, he was a force to be reckoned with on the gridiron.
Bradshaw has been best known for his powerful throwing arm ever since he was first spotted playing in college at Louisiana Tech.
He was drafted into the National Football League in 1970 and was the first overall pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers as their quarterback.
Bradshaw stayed with the Pittsburgh Steelers the entire time he was in the professional football league.
With Bradshaw’s support, the Pittsburgh Steelers were able to win four Super Bowls.
In those four games alone, he ran 932 yards and scored nine touchdowns.
In 19 postseason games, Bradshaw ran for 3,833 yards.
Living up to his nickname the “Blonde Bomber”, Bradshaw was able to complete his 14-season career having completed 2,025 passes, run 27,989 yards, and scored 212 touchdowns.
During his time in the National Football League, Bradshaw developed the most unique relationship with legendary coach Chuck Noll.
There was no doubt that Chuck Noll’s leadership helped direct the natural talent that Terry Bradshaw had.
However, they were known for not getting along with each other and fighting frequently.
With Noll’s guidance, Bradshaw became the best quarterback that the National Football League had ever seen at that point.
Only Ben Roethlisberger has since topped his performance.
Together, the iconic Steelers pair won 107 games.
Despite the success that Bradshaw and Noll found, they also had an extremely rocky relationship.
Noll believed Bradshaw to be a brat, and Bradshaw thought that Noll was nearly nothing but mean.
When the legendary coach passed away, Bradshaw skipped his former coach’s funeral.
Occasionally, there were times when Noll was kinder to Bradshaw.
During a winter game, Bradshaw’s hands were freezing and numb, so Noll shoved his hands in his pockets to help the young player stay warm.
His Appearances On Television
Back in the early years of the National Football League, players were not paid enough to support themselves solely by playing football.
Instead, many players would work off-season jobs or try their hands at other types of entertainment.
Throughout the years, Bradshaw could be spotted all over popular TV shows as lovable side characters, building up his filmography and branching out.
One of Bradshaw’s first roles in a show was as Lester Smith on Hardcastle and McCormick in the 1985 episode She Ain’t Deep But She Sure Runs Fast.
When the show Evening Shade was still airing, Bradshaw appeared as himself in two different episodes, which were directed by the show’s star, Burt Reynolds.
Bradshaw even made his way over to the 1990s sitcom Blossom, where he played Coach Morton for the episode Graduation.
He slipped onto the show right before the series ended.
He started the 2000s off by voicing the role of Preston Rogers on King of the Hill.
In 2002, Bradshaw took on the role of Coach Clarence on Malcolm in the Middle.
In the same year, he was Steve Smith on 8 Simple Rules.
In 2019, Bradshaw reminded the world of his musical prowess when he appeared on The Masked Singer as the Deer.
From Football Player To Movie Star
Terry Bradshaw’s acting career started with a movie starring Burt Reynolds called Hopper.
Bradshaw played Sherman in the 1978 film.
This wouldn’t be the last time that Reynolds and Bradshaw would act alongside each other thanks to their chemistry.
In the 1981 television movie Stockers, Bradshaw played J.J. Spangler alongside a rather small cast.
The most notable cast member aside from Bradshaw was Alice Nunn, who is best known for playing Large Marge in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.
Once again, Terry Bradshaw appeared alongside Burt Reynolds for The Cannonball Run in 1981.
They were joined by Dom DeLuise, Farrah Fawcett, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Jackie Chan.
In 2005, Bradshaw took on his second voice role to appear as one of the side characters in the Dreamworks film Robots.
Although his role as the Broken Arm Robot was short and nameless, he was simply glad to be a part of such an enjoyable family movie.
One of Terry Bradshaw’s most iconic roles comes from a 2006 romantic comedy called Failure to Launch.
The movie starred Matthew McConaughey as Bradshaw’s 30-year-old son who still lives at home with his parents.
In the same year as Failure to Launch’s release, Bradshaw starred in the ABC Family Original movie Relative Chaos.
This movie followed the competitive Gilbert family who were all looking to win their family reunion trophy.
The most recent movie that Terry Bradshaw appeared in was Father Figures, a comedy starring Owen Wilson and Ed Helms as twin brothers who go on a journey to find their long-lost father.
In the movie, Bradshaw plays himself and Debra Stipe plays Karen Bradshaw.
The movie was made for mature audiences, and the cast’s ability to make all of their outlandish lines seem natural is what makes the scenes even funnier.
Hopping Into The World Of Real Estate
Ever since finding success, Terry Bradshaw knew that it was best to do something with his money rather than just let it sit in a bank account and collect dust.
Making the smart move like many others, Bradshaw joined the world of real estate, specializing in elaborate country homes.
Before the recession of 2008, Bradshaw had invested $13 million in real estate all over the country.
He claimed that there was a day when he felt extremely sick to his stomach from anxiety and couldn’t pin down what exactly was causing the anxiety.
With the money situation quickly plummeting, Bradshaw thought unloading and selling some of his properties would help alleviate some of the stress he was feeling.
He called a friend, and within days, all of his properties in Texas, Oklahoma, and Mexico were sold.
Bradshaw was unable to turn a profit during this time, costing him a $900,000 loss on the market.
However, Bradshaw’s financial advisor believed that it was the smartest move that Bradshaw could have made.
While Bradshaw may have lost nearly $1 million, he doesn’t regret selling the properties at a loss.
Had he attempted to keep all of his properties, they could have easily bankrupted him during the financial recession.
Terry Bradshaw claims that he has never wanted to be the richest person but would rather just continue to be smart with his money.
In his eyes, the most important thing can do is take care of himself, so he has more opportunities with his grandchildren.
Bradshaw often reminds rookies in the National Football League to be smart with their money.
According to the football veteran, young athletes should wait until they are deep and comfortable within the league before they go off making crazy purchases.
Flipping Planes Rather Than Houses
Most people may know Terry Bradshaw best for his football and acting careers, but he also flips private planes for a profit.
His love of planes began when he studied them for four years, trying to figure out if the business was worth the investment.
Bradshaw is a frequent attendee of the National Business Aviation Association’s conventions and exhibits, often going to see what the latest and greatest planes are like.
His private pilots have gotten used to Bradshaw’s habit of getting the latest and greatest plane, often teasing him about the amount of time that Bradshaw will actually be owning the plane.
Most recently, Bradshaw has owned a Lear 40XR, which is a larger private plane.
Bradshaw claims that the Lear 40XR gives him the headspace he needs in the cabin to keep him from having to be hunched over or hitting his head.
Bradshaw also owns a Lear 31A.
This plane is smaller than the Lear 40XR, but is much faster and has the sleeker design that Bradshaw prefers.
One day, he hopes to own a Bombardier Challenger 300 or 604, Gulfstream 450, or a Cessna Citation Latitude.
Bradshaw claims that the reason he considered buying a plane was to make visiting his grandchildren in Hawaii much easier for him and his wife.
When asked if he ever considered flying his own planes, Bradshaw admitted that he is too forgetful and prone to daydreaming to safely be able to fly his own plane.
His Musical Career
When looking at Terry Bradshaw and his history, you may not think that he’d be much of a musician.
However, Bradshaw does a little bit of everything and doesn’t limit himself to one set of skills or another.
In 1976, Terry Bradshaw released a cover of I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, and it became one of the Top 20 hits of the year.
The song isn’t bad, but the novelty of one of the most popular football stars of the time singing a sad country song was probably beneficial as well.
For decades, Bradshaw’s singing voice went undetected again as he was busy with self-improvement and other career ventures.
However, Bradshaw took to the stage again, but in a disguise this time.
In 2019, Terry Bradshaw appeared on the singing competition show, The Masked Singer, where he wore the deer costume to conceal his true identity.
At the time, he was 70 years old and said that it was difficult trying to breathe in the costume, let alone sing.
Sadly, Bradshaw didn’t last long in the competition due to Robin Thicke being a huge fan of his and recognizing his Louisiana accent and the twang from Sunday night football.
Although Terry Bradshaw didn’t make it far into the competition, he was able to make a little money on the show.
Becoming An Author
Terry Bradshaw has written eight different books about himself and the sport that he loves most, American football.
Bradshaw has lived an extensive life that has been filled and fueled by hard work and dedication.
It’s Only a Game is one of Bradshaw’s most beloved books, which talks about his time outside of football and shows the many other sides of Bradshaw.
When he’s not acting, flipping planes, or making music, he is a youth minister, cattle-raiser, and a public speaker.
One topic that Bradshaw likes to talk about frequently is men’s mental health.
Ever since his retirement from the National Football League, Bradshaw has found that he suffers from depression.
Because the illness is seen as a weak or less manly trait, men don’t normally like to talk about their mental state.
Through his books and public appearances, Terry Bradshaw hopes to change the narrative around depression and mental illness in men.
He also wrote specifically about his time as a professional quarterback in Terry Bradshaw, Man of Steel.
It was co-written by David Diles.
In his book Keep It Simple, Bradshaw took a look at his life and gave his honest opinion about what happened to him and the decisions that he made as a younger man.
This book was co-written by David Fisher, who also co-wrote It’s Only a Game.
In another book written with Charles Paul Conn, No Easy Game gave an in-depth review of how Bradshaw was able to pull off the work that he was capable of.
It was released during the height of his career in 1979.
Additional books authored by Terry Bradshaw include Looking Deep, Terry Bradshaw (from the Football Hall of Famers series of books), and two fantasy football journals.
Remaining Popular Even After Retirement
Although Terry Bradshaw once thought that the greatest part of his life was over after retiring from the National Football League, he had no clue that football would only be the very beginning of his success in life.
Despite all of his successes and achievements, Bradshaw wants to be remembered for being a good person above all else.