Terry Bradshaw Has Been Battling 2 Cancers for a Year

He also announced on Fox NFL Sunday that he's now cancer-free
By Mike L. Ford,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2022 7:39 AM CDT
Terry Bradshaw Has Been Battling 2 Cancers for a Year
Fox commentator Terry Bradshaw is seen before the NFC Championship NFL football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers on Jan. 30, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. On Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, Bradshaw said that he has been treated for two forms of cancer in the past year.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Steelers legend Terry “Blonde Bomber” Bradshaw took a moment during this week’s Fox NFL Sunday pregame show to address concerns about his health following an incident in the studio last week. Per Fox News, the former quarterback recalled how he “ran out of breath” and required assistance from co-host Howie Long. “I just want to address it and let you know what has happened in my life," Bradshaw told the camera. “In November, I was diagnosed with bladder cancer. I went to the Yale University Medical Center—surgery, treatment. As of today, I am bladder-cancer free.”

Bradshaw, 74, then explained that he was diagnosed in March with a Merkel cell tumor, a rare skin cancer, which doctors in Houston successfully removed. “I may not look like my old self, but I feel like my old self. I’m cancer-free, I’m feeling great,” he added. Per CNN, Bradshaw “appeared to become emotional” as co-host Michael Strahan offered support, saying, “We’re just so happy that you’re here … and I think you’re going to give a lot of hope to a lot of people out there who are going through something very similar.”

During six seasons with the Steelers in the 1970s, Bradshaw was twice named Super Bowl MVP. He was later inducted into the Hall of Fame. Following retirement in 1983, he worked as an announcer with CBS, and he’s been with Fox since 1994. Per Steeler Nation, Bradshaw provided more details about the effects of radiation treatment during a Facebook livestream, saying, “The cancers are not there, I’m not dying ... I may not look fine, but I’m totally fine.” This is not the first time Bradshaw’s health has been a public topic; previously, he revealed that he’s been battling depression for nearly three decades. “I’m proud of it,” Bradshaw said of seeking help for his depression during a recent interview with Men’s Journal. “To think that coming out with [depression] is a sign of weakness is wrong.” (Read more Terry Bradshaw stories.)

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