Long-time Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw fought his way to four Super Bowls in the 1970’s, playing against some of the toughest defenses to ever step on a football field. Now, the Hall of Fame quarterback is prepared to take on a different kind of battle.
Through a new public awareness campaign, the ALS Association and Bradshaw have teamed up to raise awareness of the disease that has gained so much traction since the “Ice bucket challenge” that originated in 2014. ALS is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that causes muscle weakness, difficulty breathing and swallowing, and paralysis while leaving the senses intact. ALS is always fatal, and there is no cure.
“ALS is a terrible disease that has taken far too many Americans, including several former NFL players,” said Bradshaw. “I’m honored to be fighting for all those living with ALS and their family members. We desperately need the public’s support to keep the momentum going.”
Bradshaw first started raising awareness after Harrison Anderson, a long-time Steelers fan suffering from ALS, reached out to Bradshaw via the Dream Foundation in hopes to have Bradshaw aid in the fight by spreading awareness. Bradshaw jumped at the opportunity right away.
“Even though I didn’t know Harrison, I knew from that first phone call with him that I wanted to help,” Bradshaw said. “My wife and I have traveled to North Carolina to meet Harrison and his wife, and we are so touched that he asked us to join the fight against ALS. We are heartbroken that he passed, and our prayers go out to Robin and his family.”
Bradshaw teamed up with co-founder of the ALS bucket challenge Pat Quinn for a light-hearted 90 second ad.
Unfortunately, more than 5,600 people per year are diagnosed with ALS according to the foundation’s official website. Many of those include former NFL players such as Steve Gleason, O.J. Brigance, Tim Shaw, Tim Green and Dwight Clark, who recently passed in his fight with ALS.
About The ALS Association
“The ALS Association is the only national nonprofit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The ALS Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. For more information about The ALS Association, visit our website at www.alsa.org.”
Steelers Defense First in 30 Years with Four Straight 50-Sack Seasons
PITTSBURGH — Stephon Tuitt’s third quarter sack of Philip Rivers gave the Steelers defensive unit at least 50 sacks in each of the last four seasons (2017-20). The Steelers are the first team in the NFL to record 50-plus sacks in four consecutive seasons since the New York Giants (1985-1988).
This marks yet another historic achievement for the Steelers defense. Earlier in the game, TJ Watt became the first player in the illustrious history of the Steelers franchise to record 14 or more sacks in multiple seasons while wearing black and gold.
Unlike the time period of the Steelers streak, the Giants were a consistent contender and won a Super Bowl during that span under Bill Parcells in the late 1980’s. After missing the playoffs in both 2018 and 2019, this Steelers team is assured a spot in the 2020 postseason. But just being in the playoffs is not enough on its won to secure receiving the respect of great defenses of the past.
TJ Watt Becomes First Steelers Player with Multiple 14-Sack Seasons
PITTSBURGH — While the Steelers defense joined NFL history with its streak of consecutive games with a sack a couple weeks ago, linebacker TJ Watt’s sack of Philip Rivers early in the first quarter of his team’s game against the Colts gave him an historic achievement all to himself.
Watt became the first player in the illustrious history of the Steelers franchise to record 14 or more sacks in multiple seasons while wearing black and gold. The 26-year-old linebacker continues a season that has him firmly in the discussion to earn his first career Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Watt is also on pace to surpass his previous career high for solo tackles in a season. He entered the game with 40 with 50 being his best total from the 2018 season.
Steelers to Announce 2020 Hall of Honor Class in Halftime Livestream
The Pittsburgh Steelers will announce their 2020 Hall of Honor class at halftime of the Week 16 meeting with the Indianapolis Colts in a livestream video presentation, the club announced Saturday night.
The event will be hosted by AT&T Sportsnet and ESPN Pittsburgh’s Stan Savran, and will provide fans a virtual tour of the new Hall of Honor display and include interviews from former Steelers players and coaches on the 2020 class.
As announced back in September, the safety Troy Polamalu, middle linebacker James Farrior, outside linebacker Greg Lloyd, safety Mike Wagner and defensive end Dwight White will be honored as the 2020 class.
Pittsburgh inducted 24 inaugural members when the Hall of Honor was created in 2017. The Steelers added five more inductees in 2018, while four new members were enshrined last year.