There is little argument that Terry Bradshaw was a great quarterback in the NFL. He was drafted first overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970 NFL Draft, he led the team to four Super Bowl victories, he was selected to three Pro Bowls (1975, 78, 79), won two Super Bowl MVP awards, was the MVP of the entire NFL in 1978, and was eventually elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Quarterbacks are often measured statistically, not just by their wins and losses, but also by their 300 yard games and 3,000 yard seasons.
In Terry Bradshaw’s career, he played in 168 games over 14 seasons, in all that time he only threw for 300 yards or more in a game on six occasions. He did this three times in 1979, once in 1980, and twice in 1981.
Bradshaw also had just two 3,000 yard seasons during his career (1979, 1980).
By comparison, here is a look at how many 300 yard games other quarterbacks had during their careers:
Dan Marino – 63
Joe Montana – 39
Drew Bledsoe – 37
Steve Young – 28
Joe Namath – 21
George Blanda – 19
Dave Krieg – 18
Randall Cunningham – 18
Brad Johnson – 15
This is not to say that Terry Bradshaw was not a great quarterback, it is just an interesting look at one stat that he did not perform in nearly as well as many other quarterbacks, both those in the Hall of Fame as well as those who are not considered elite quarterbacks at all.