Game of the Week: 1983 Steelers 34 at Jets 7
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05-07-2017, 10:54 PM

1983 Steelers 34 at Jets 7

Terry Bradshaw's Last Rodeo

Despite the absence of Bradshaw due to offseason elbow surgery and a generally miserable season by his backup, Cliff Stoudt, Pittsburgh jumps out to a surprising 9-2 start in 1983 keyed by a strong running game and an opportunistic, ball-hawking defense. But late in the season, the Steelers find themselves in need of a savior after the 3 straight losses put them in jeopardy of missing the playoffs. 

Enter Terry Bradshaw.  Smokin

For his swan song, a still-injured Bradshaw comes off the bench and delivers a brief but truly exceptional playoff-saving performance in the final game of his Hall of Fame career (also the Jets' final game at Shea Stadium). While playing only the 1st quarter and one series into the 2nd quarter, Bradshaw is sharp, effective and fully in charge of the offense, hitting 5 of 8 passes for 77 yds and 2 TD's -- the first to rookie Gregg Garrity, to whom Terry had never previously thrown a pass (not even in practice) and the second to Calvin Sweeney -- shaking the Steelers out of their late-season slump while ensuring them of a playoff spot with the badly-needed win. Sadly, Terry destroys his ailing arm (which is not yet fully healed from off-season surgery) on his first TD toss, but Bradshaw gallantly continues to play in pain until he throws his 2nd TD. 

The entire team is energized by the presence of Bradshaw and goes on to simply steamrolls the Jets, ending New York's slim playoff hopes while securing a playoff spot of their own. In addition to being the final on-field action of Bradshaw's career, this is also the final 100-yd game of Franco Harris' career. Footage includes nice postgame interviews with Bradshaw and Cliff Stoudt. 
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05-12-2017, 05:02 AM

The Steelers management (and Bradshaw) shouldn't have rushed him back into action. I blame Terry in part for that, as well. As you can see from this NY Times interview in early 1984, fresh off the Steelers' AFC Divisional thrashing by the Raiders, Terry states that he would like to play four, maybe even five more years. He had a lot of football left in him, but I think he was rushed back into the line up before that elbow injury had properly healed. Here is a link to the NY Times article. http://www.nytimes.com/1984/01/02/sports...uture.html
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05-12-2017, 02:31 PM

(05-12-2017, 05:02 AM)Guest Wrote: The Steelers management (and Bradshaw) shouldn't have rushed him back into action. I blame Terry in part for that, as well. As you can see from this NY Times interview in early 1984, fresh off the Steelers' AFC Divisional thrashing by the Raiders, Terry states that he would like to play four, maybe even five more years. He had a lot of football left in him, but I think he was rushed back into the line up before that elbow injury had properly healed. Here is a link to the NY Times article. http://www.nytimes.com/1984/01/02/sports...uture.html

Thanks for the link! Agreed, Bradshaw obviously came back way too soon. It was a risky surgery in those days, even more so at Terry's age. I don't think Noll was ever really on board with Terry having the procedure since he was still able to play at a fairly high level without surgery (as evidenced in '82 with more of a dink & dunk passing game). And there's the rub: I think Terry really believed he had 4-5 years left in the tank while Noll accepted that it was the end of the road and Terry had maybe 1-2 more solid years without surgery, even though it meant his deep ball wouldn't be quite as deep anymore. Whether the front office pressured him or not, I think the biggest factor was that Terry felt Noll's disapproval ("Terry who?") and rushed himself back.
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05-16-2017, 03:38 PM

Yeah, Bradshaw was rushed back for sure. They were trying to stop a losing streak and get themselves into the playoffs, but the team really wasn't that good that year, at least not good enough to make any serious playoff run. Maybe if they would've just kept him out and brought him back for the 84 season, he could've played a few more years. We'll never know. I was 8 years old when Bradshaw played in his final game was excited at the time to see him play. I was too young to remember any of his games before that. Thanks for uploading this. Brings back a fond memory. Thanks for starting to upload some more recent games as well from a time I grew up watching them in the 80s and 90s. Much appreciated.
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05-16-2017, 03:47 PM

(05-16-2017, 03:38 PM)Guest Wrote: Yeah, Bradshaw was rushed back for sure. They were trying to stop a losing streak and get themselves into the playoffs, but the team really wasn't that good that year, at least not good enough to make any serious playoff run. Maybe if they would've just kept him out and brought him back for the 84 season, he could've played a few more years. We'll never know. I was 8 years old when Bradshaw played in his final game was excited at the time to see him play. I was too young to remember any of his games before that. Thanks for uploading this. Brings back a fond memory. Thanks for starting to upload some more recent games as well from a time I grew up watching them in the 80s and 90s. Much appreciated.

Glad you're enjoying it! Lots of games from the early 80's and even more from the mid-90's are about to hit.  Thumbsup
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(05-16-2017, 03:38 PM)Guest Wrote: Yeah, Bradshaw was rushed back for sure. They were trying to stop a losing streak and get themselves into the playoffs, but the team really wasn't that good that year, at least not good enough to make any serious playoff run. Maybe if they would've just kept him out and brought him back for the 84 season, he could've played a few more years. We'll never know. I was 8 years old when Bradshaw played in his final game was excited at the time to see him play. I was too young to remember any of his games before that. Thanks for uploading this. Brings back a fond memory. Thanks for starting to upload some more recent games as well from a time I grew up watching them in the 80s and 90s. Much appreciated.

If Bradshaw had played a few more years, did the Steelers have another Super Bowl run in them?
'84- NO- Malone played okay but the defense lost it to the red hot Dan Marino.

'85- Best chance.  9-7 wins the division and Bradshaw is good for 2 extra wins.  MIA barely beat the 8-8 Browns in the 1st round so I think the Steelers win that one, they host New England in the AFC Champ.  Good chance to win that but they would have been soundly beaten by the Bears.   

After that, Bradshaw's skills would erode and he'd probably retire after '86 or '87.
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06-03-2017, 07:46 AM

Do you have the 1984 week 16 game vs L.A Raiders???
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06-03-2017, 08:03 AM

He does. He just got the tapes from me. Smile
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06-03-2017, 08:06 AM

Quote:'85- Best chance. 9-7 wins the division and Bradshaw is good for 2 extra wins. MIA barely beat the 8-8 Browns in the 1st round so I think the Steelers win that one, they host New England in the AFC Champ. Good chance to win that but they would have been soundly beaten by the Bears.

Boy I would have loved to have seen Terry's big play, vertical game, just like Marino did to them, against that defense. Maybe not win, but I don't think we'd get plastered like New England did.
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07-26-2017, 03:01 AM

I attended this game. As a lifelong Jets fan, this was one of the saddest moments in my sports life. Coming into the 83' season, we were so optimistic. The previous year we had come within one game of the Super Bowl. We felt like we had one of the best rosters in the league. After a dozen years of futility, the Jets were finally back, and the atmosphere at Shea Stadium was electric.

But the 1983 season was a nightmare. We lost Freeman McNeil for 7 weeks in Game Three. Our offensive line fell apart. QB Richard Todd seemed to lose his confidence, and went from a first-rate QB to an interception machine. The once vaunted defense would play well, but often fail to make the clutch plays. Our special teams were disastrous. Worst of all, the team announced it was leaving Shea Stadium to play as a guest in arch-rival Giants Stadium in New Jersey, where we would always be second-class citizens.

On this December day, the Steelers completely dominated the Jets, and ended our slim playoff hopes. Perhaps most humiliating of all was the fact that on the last game of our lives at our beloved Shea Stadium, it seemed like half the fans in the crowd were rooting for Pittsburgh. I have always respected and admired the way Steeler fans travel and support their team. You folks have definitely built something special.
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02-18-2018, 10:37 PM

Weigh in on this week's "Game of the Week!"
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It's been so long, I forgot that Franco could dance around like he did... Enter Cliff Stoudt   Roll
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02-19-2018, 02:18 AM

(02-19-2018, 12:51 AM)Cali-Steeler Wrote: It's been so long, I forgot that Franco could dance around like he did.

Franco definitely still had his moments, even this late in his career. Thumbsup



(02-19-2018, 12:51 AM)Cali-Steeler Wrote: Enter Cliff Stoudt   Roll
  
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02-19-2018, 11:43 AM

total screw up by the whole organization on QBs for years. Stoudy Malone just STUPID
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02-19-2018, 12:22 PM

Jim Kelly was PLEADING for the Steelers to get him out of Buffalo and they didn't even TRY.
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I've heard that Bradshaw had the off-season elbow surgery in a vacuum, that he didn't let the team know. He just decided to do it. If that's true, you have to wonder how the Steelers' '83 draft strategy might've changed had they known ahead of time? Would Dan Marino have become more palatable? I've gotta believe it would've changed things.

That said, I could have my facts mixed up.

I still don't fully understand why Bradshaw felt compelled to have the surgery. Somebody must've given him one helluva pitch about the effectiveness of the procedure. It just doesn't make sense to me. He still had a stronger arm than most of the QBs in the league -- watch the first quarter of the '82 Chiefs game if you doubt me -- and the way the Steeler offense was changing, arm strength really wasn't that critical anyway.
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Yesterday, 06:30 AM

No they knew. Where they disagreed was doctors apparently told Noll that NOTHING would save Terry's career and he should retire.

Terry wanted the surgery because he was tired of taking cortisone shots every week (SOP is one per MONTH) and swallowing a drug store just to get through the week to prepare for games.

The Chief wanted Marino, Marino begged them to draft him. They didn't.
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