Steelers legend Terry Bradshaw to close bidding process on $22.5M Oklahoma ranch
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Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw had a rough year in 2022. He came under constant fire in his job as a Fox Sports analyst on Sundays. There was genuine concern for his health, which compelled him to publicly admit he was battling cancer and he was coming to grips with Father Time. At 74 years old, he was bound to slow down a little.
Few personalities over the last 50 years have inspired consistent goodwill as Bradshaw. The legendary signal-caller’s down-home appeal is not for everyone, but for every critic, there are a dozen fans to drown them out. Bradshaw’s colleagues from the NFL and the broadcast business genuinely embrace him. It is what made the struggles of the past year so personal for those of us who grew up watching him on Sunday.
The iconic Steelers signal-caller — undoubtedly one of the greatest small-school QBs of all time — has enjoyed a very successful retirement. He has a stable of championship-caliber quarter horses, a successful reality television show “The Bradshaw Bunch” and vast real estate holdings. Last year when he decided to officially slow down a little while he was sick, he listed his ranch in Love County, Okla., for $22.5M. The ranch is near the Winstar Casino in a growing area of Oklahoma just north of Dallas, Texas. It is not the first time the property has been listed by the Bradshaw family.
The horse and cattle ranch has been for sale on and off for more than five years. https://t.co/p0AG5DqYVm
— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) April 12, 2023
Bradshaw has moved his family and his quarter-horse business to a smaller ranch located in Texas. He has spent the NFL offseason presumably celebrating a return to some normalcy after being pronounced cancer-free in October. The Bradshaws almost sold the 744-acre ranch last year, but the bid fell through and it returned to the market. A deal may be close at hand, as reported by Steve Brown from the Dallas Morning News on April 11.
“We are doing a final sale call for offers,” Bernard Uechtritz who is the real estate broker for the transaction told Brown. “He built this place from the ground up and what is happening around here is huge.”
The sale was not prompted by Bradshaw’s health, as the ranch has been on and off the market for five years, but the urgency to make a deal may have been affected by his cancer diagnosis. The ranch was featured prominently in “The Bradshaw Bunch” and parting with the property is not ideal for the Hall of Famer and his wife.
“My wife Tammy and I are both sad to leave this great big ranch and our wonderful home,” Bradshaw told the Dallas Morning News last year. “However, it is time that we slowed down a little, freeing us up to travel more as well as enjoy new grandchildren, family and other interests.”
Bradshaw has stated repeatedly that he has no plans to leave Fox and the NFL Sunday program he has been a staple of for decades. He still enjoys the challenge of performing every week. The 2023 offseason came just in time for him to rejuvenate his health and prepare for what will hopefully be a renaissance season as a broadcaster.
It is GOOD TO BE ALIVE ~ #TerryBradshaw at #ConnexFM23 pic.twitter.com/2kgSsUdovS
— ConnexFM (@ConnexFM) April 4, 2023
The Steelers have not announced any plans for honoring Bradshaw or some of his iconic teammates from the 1970s, who are starting to celebrate golden anniversaries for some of the biggest moments in franchise history. The Steelers have only retired three numbers in their history, Ernie Stautner, Joe Greene and Franco Harris, who sadly passed just before he was honored.
The Steelers can’t retire every number but, Bradshaw, Mel Blount and a pair of Jacks probably deserve the recognition while we can still stand and cheer them.