Terry Bradshaw and Depression

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Terry Paxton Bradshaw


September 2, 1948, Shreveport, Louisiana.


Bradshaw has been married three times. He was married to Melissa Babich from 1972-73 to ice skater JoJo Starbuck from 1976-83, and to Charlotte Hopkins from 1983-99. Hopkins is the mother of his two daughters, Rachael and Erin. He has been divorced three times.


Bradshaw attended Woodlawn High School in Shreveport, Louisiana.

He was also a student at Louisiana Tech, where in 1969 he was considered by most pro scouts to be the most outstanding college football player. He was the first player selected in the 1970 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 1996, Bradshaw was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame.


Terry Bradshaw is a former star quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers football team. During the 1970s, Bradshaw led the Steelers to four Super Bowl wins over six seasons and was twice a Super Bowl MVP. After retiring in 1983, he became a sports commentator working for both the CBS and FOX networks.


After his NFL career ended, Bradshaw admitted that he had frequently experienced anxiety attacks after games. The problem became worse in the late 1990s after his third divorce when he says he "could not bounce back" as he had in the past. He began to experience weight loss, crying and insomnia in addition to the anxiety and was diagnosed with clinical depression.

Since then he has become a champion for removing the stigma of depression and urging people to get the help they need. During 2004 he traveled around the U.S. speaking about his depression and his use of the antidepressant Paxil CR.

In 2013, he revealed that he has been suffering from memory loss related to the physical trauma sustained during his football career.

  He stated at the time that his memory issues had been triggering bouts of depression.  He further said that he was dealing with his memory-associated problems through the use of medication.

In recent years, evidence has emerged suggesting that concussions sustained during sports injuries may be associated with depression and anxiety, perhaps due to damaged white matter in the brain. 

Although there was a lawsuit against the NFL, which ended up paying out $765 million to former players, Bradshaw opted out of participating in it, stating that, "I chose not to, because I didn't want to be used.  I've always took care of myself."  He further added, "...if I'm not in the settlement, that's one less guy out of the mix to pay and a little more money for someone else who really needs it."


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Miller, Bryce.  "Terry Bradshaw Coping With Memory Loss, Depression."  USA Today.  Gannett Company, Inc.  Published:  November 7, 2013.  Accessed:  November 12, 2015.

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