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Bradshaw address highlights Union’s Golf and Gala event

Terry Bradshaw speaks at the Roy L. White Legacy Golf and Gala April 26. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)
Terry Bradshaw speaks at the Roy L. White Legacy Golf and Gala April 26. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)

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JACKSON, Tenn.April 27, 2012 – On a night when Andrew Luck was the first selection in the 2012 NFL draft, a former top pick told stories of his own playing days to a crowd of Union University supporters.

Terry Bradshaw, the former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst, was the keynote speaker for Union’s fourth annual Roy L. White Legacy Golf and Gala at the Carl Perkins Civic Center April 26.

“You should be eternally happy that God has given you a life and given you happiness, I hope,” Bradshaw said. “He’s given you an understanding of how to accept the grace that he’s given you. He’s also given you an understanding of how to accept the failures in our life.”

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.

In an address filled with humor and antics that those familiar with Bradshaw’s personality might expect, the former quarterback told about his life growing up in Louisiana, where he was raised by Christian parents who taught him about the importance of family.

“We accomplish nothing in life if we don’t turn around and say ‘Thank you’ to somebody else,” Bradshaw said.

Bradshaw encouraged listeners to surround themselves with good people, to find a reason to live and a purpose to get up in the morning.

“You’ve got to have a willingness to overcome mistakes,” he said. “You’ve got to be able to deal with failure. You’ve got to find your way.”

Bradshaw poked fun at his intellectual prowess, saying that he graduated with a degree in physical education and a 2.2 grade point average.

“And two of that was given to me,” he said about his GPA. “You figure out which two.”

He talked about some of the challenges he faced in Pittsburgh, with fans who didn’t always appreciate him and who questioned his intelligence.

“You ever been booed when you got to work?” Bradshaw asked. “You ever walked in your doors at work – ‘Boo!’ It ain’t a good feeling, people, and it hurt my feelings. The Pittsburgh people were nasty.”

Between funny stories that brought laughs from the audience, Bradshaw offered moments of serious reflection and counsel.

“It’s in the quiet crucible of our personal private suffering that our most noble dreams are born, and God’s greatest gifts are given,” he said. “We are measured so often by our status in a community, our enrollment at a university, the money that we have, the car that we drive, the club that we’re a member of. But really, what’s more important, all of that or what kind of person you are?”

The Golf and Gala event featured a golf tournament earlier in the week, with the team of Jimmy Kostaroff, David Salyers, Chris Tursky and Brad Tursky taking first place.

 

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4/27/12 - Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst, addresses the importance of family and relationships at the fourth annual Roy L. White Legacy Golf and Gala.
4/27/12 - Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst, addresses the importance of family and relationships at the fourth annual Roy L. White Legacy Golf and Gala. - Ebbie Davis
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4/26/12 - Roy L. White, title sponsor of the Roy L. White Legacy Golf and Gala, introduces keynote speaker Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst.
4/26/12 - Roy L. White, title sponsor of the Roy L. White Legacy Golf and Gala, introduces keynote speaker Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst. - Ebbie Davis
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4/26/12 - Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst, speaks during the Roy L. White Legacy Golf & Gala.
4/26/12 - Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst, speaks during the Roy L. White Legacy Golf & Gala. - Jacob Moore
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4/26/12 - Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current Fox sports analyst, speaks about the importance of family during his keynote address at the Roy L. White Legacy Golf and Gala.
4/26/12 - Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current Fox sports analyst, speaks about the importance of family during his keynote address at the Roy L. White Legacy Golf and Gala. - Anne Richoux
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4/26/12 - Terry Bradshaw, Fox sports analyst, laughs while recounting stories from his days as a Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback during his keynote address at the Roy L. White Legacy Golf and Gala.
4/26/12 - Terry Bradshaw, Fox sports analyst, laughs while recounting stories from his days as a Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback during his keynote address at the Roy L. White Legacy Golf and Gala. - Anne Richoux
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4/26/12 - Keynote speaker Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst, speaks to donors and guests about the impact his past experiences have had on his life during the Roy L. White Legacy Golf & Gala.
4/26/12 - Keynote speaker Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst, speaks to donors and guests about the impact his past experiences have had on his life during the Roy L. White Legacy Golf & Gala. - Zac Calvert
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4/26/12 - Keynote speaker Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst, speaks to donors and guests during the Roy L. White Legacy Golf & Gala about the importance of the people around you and keeping life simple.
4/26/12 - Keynote speaker Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst, speaks to donors and guests during the Roy L. White Legacy Golf & Gala about the importance of the people around you and keeping life simple. - Zac Calvert
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4/26/12 - Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst, relates stories in his life that showed how the people in your life are important.
4/26/12 - Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst, relates stories in his life that showed how the people in your life are important. - Zac Calvert
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4/26/12 - Terry Bradshaw, keynote speaker for the Roy L. White Legacy Golf & Gala, speaks to donors and guests about the need for God and family in life.
4/26/12 - Terry Bradshaw, keynote speaker for the Roy L. White Legacy Golf & Gala, speaks to donors and guests about the need for God and family in life. - Zac Calvert
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4/26/12 - Keynote speaker Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst, speaks to donors and guests during the Roy L. White Legacy Golf & Gala.
4/26/12 - Keynote speaker Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst, speaks to donors and guests during the Roy L. White Legacy Golf & Gala. - Zac Calvert
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4/26/12 - Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst, gets down on his knee while telling a story from his past to the audience of the Roy L. White Legacy Golf & Gala.
4/26/12 - Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst, gets down on his knee while telling a story from his past to the audience of the Roy L. White Legacy Golf & Gala. - Zac Calvert
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4/26/12 - Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst, speaks at the fourth annual Roy L. White Legacy Golf & Gala.
4/26/12 - Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst, speaks at the fourth annual Roy L. White Legacy Golf & Gala. - Ebbie Davis
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4/26/12 - Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst, speaks on the importance of family and relationships.
4/26/12 - Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst, speaks on the importance of family and relationships. - Ebbie Davis
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4/26/12 - Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst, gives an animated keynote address at the fourth annual Roy L. White Legacy Golf and Gala.
4/26/12 - Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst, gives an animated keynote address at the fourth annual Roy L. White Legacy Golf and Gala. - Ebbie Davis
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4/26/12 - Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst, kneels to emphasize an important part of a story while speaking at the Roy L. White Legacy Golf and Gala.
4/26/12 - Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst, kneels to emphasize an important part of a story while speaking at the Roy L. White Legacy Golf and Gala. - Ebbie Davis
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4/26/12 - Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst, speaks during the fourth annual Roy L. White Legacy Golf & Gala.
4/26/12 - Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst, speaks during the fourth annual Roy L. White Legacy Golf & Gala. - Jacob Moore
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4/26/12 - Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current Fox sports analyst, talks about his experiences as a Steelers quarterback during the Roy L. White Legacy Golf and Gala.
4/26/12 - Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current Fox sports analyst, talks about his experiences as a Steelers quarterback during the Roy L. White Legacy Golf and Gala. - Anne Richoux
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4/26/12 - Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst, speaks to a large audience at the fourth annual Roy L. White Legacy Golf and Gala.
4/26/12 - Terry Bradshaw, former NFL quarterback and current FOX Sports analyst, speaks to a large audience at the fourth annual Roy L. White Legacy Golf and Gala. - Ebbie Davis
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4/26/12 - David S. Dockery, president of the university, presents keynote speaker Terry Bradshaw with a Holman Christian Standard Bible and a Union ballcap at the Roy L. White Legacy Golf & Gala.
4/26/12 - David S. Dockery, president of the university, presents keynote speaker Terry Bradshaw with a Holman Christian Standard Bible and a Union ballcap at the Roy L. White Legacy Golf & Gala. - Zac Calvert

Media contact: Mark Kahler, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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