Singing certainly isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and Fox football analyst Terry Bradshaw.
But defying expectations is part of the point of “Terry Bradshaw America’s Favorite Dumb Blonde — A Life in Four Quarters.”
“That’s one of the reasons I wanted to do it is that I don’t know anybody else in my field that’s doing something like this,” Bradshaw said during a conference call with reporters last week. “I always liked doing things that other people can’t do. Maybe they could do it, but they don’t pursue it. I pursue it.”
Bradshaw brings the show to MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa on Friday. “A Life in Four Quarters” includes comedy, storytelling and singing. Bradshaw talks about growing up in Louisiana, playing in the NFL, his three marriages, his toupee model days and cattle ranch fiasco, according to a show description. The performance also includes short video clips of the funniest moments of his life, according to the description.
“It’s a fun show,” Bradshaw said. “The only sad part about the show is actually the last song, and it’s a thank you song. But for the most part, it’s high energy, a lot of fun, and really it’s just an entertaining show.”
Bradshaw has been a corporate speaker for more than three decades, but he’s never done anything like the 90-minute, eight-song autobiographical routine that is “A Life in Four Quarters.”
“It takes a lot of stuff to get up and do this,” Bradshaw said. “It’s not easy, you kidding me? Everybody thinks I’m nuts. Jimmy Johnson thinks I’ve lost my mind. He said, ‘Why are you doing this?’ I said, ‘I don’t know. It’s fun. It’s a challenge.’ Television’s easy. This is fun.”
Although Bradshaw is well-traveled, Lake Tahoe should be a pleasant surprise to the four-time Super Bowl champion.
“In all my corporate speaking, and I’ve been doing it 33 years, I’ve only been to Lake Tahoe once,” he said. “And that I landed late afternoon and flew out that night, so I have absolutely no idea what it looks like, really, other than I know it’s really pretty.”
Friday will be the third time Bradshaw has performed the show in front of a paying audience and the first time outside of Las Vegas, where he performed twice in June. He plans to take the act on the road following the Lake Tahoe date.
“I love entertaining people. I just love making people feel good,” Bradshaw said. “That’s the reason why I’m doing it. I’m 65 years old and I’m starting over, and to me, that’s kind of cool.”