Friday, February 03, 2006
Terry Bradshaw Born
Well, it is Super Bowl week. But no, this is not that Terry Bradshaw; this Terry Bradshaw saw limited action for the Cardinals in 1995 and '96. That Terry Bradshaw was induced to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989 while this Terry Bradshaw had a mediocre call-up in 1995 and although he faired slightly better in '96, never saw Major League action again.
Bradshaw isn't the only player to share his name with a NFL great; there are actually two mediocre ballplayers named Jim Brown (one is a pitcher with a 2-15 record, the other a lifetime .250 hitter). Willie Davis was actually a pretty good player for the Dodgers winning three Gold Gloves and making two All-Star teams but still isn't as good as his namesake NFLer, a Packer defensive lineman considered one of the all-time greats. Another mediocre pitcher, Bill George shares his name with another great from the NFL's early days, a Bears' linebacker. Those are all relatively common names, of course, and sadly there haven't been any ball players named Dan Marino or anything else equally unique, but I remain forever hopeful.