Professional athletes are some of the most recognizable figures in the world, and often do what they can to avoid drawing attention beyond the field.
That was the case for Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw, who donned an alias to undergo elbow surgery in 38 years ago today in 1983.
According to The Pittsburgh Press, Bradshaw was admitted to Doctor’s Hospital in Louisiana on March 3, 1983 under the pseudonym “Thomas Brady.”
On this date in 1983, the winningest quarterback in Super Bowl history checked into a Louisiana hospital using an assumed name. pic.twitter.com/Yr3ujc0fHC— Quirky Research (@QuirkyResearch) March 3, 2021
Yes, you read that right. Bradshaw was admitted under the alias “Tom Brady.”
“Many times, we have to admit people under and assumed name or under no name to keep the press and fans away,” hospital administrator Charles Boyd told The Pittsburgh Press.
Little did Bradshaw know that the real Tom Brady was just a six-year-old in Northern California learning the game of football nearly two decades before achieving his own NFL stardom. Fast forward to 2021, Brady is fresh off a seventh Super Bowl title and widely considered the greatest player of all time.
Brady (7) and Bradshaw (4) have won the most and second-most Super Bowls by a quarterback in NFL history, respectively. Bradshaw’s alias is just another thread intertwining the two legends beyond winning.
The surgery was the beginning of the end for Bradshaw, who played just one game in the 1983 season before calling it a career.