A bizarre Terry Bradshaw story has remerged this morning, recalling the time he got elbow surgery way back in 1983.
Now normally, a professional football player getting surgery is nothing out of the ordinary, and a surgery from 1983 wouldn’t even be newsworthy today, but this particular surgery was a bit different.
Why? because of the alias that the four-time Super Bowl champ used was… Tom Brady.
Yes, you heard that correctly. In 1983, the winningest quarterback in NFL history used the name Tom Brady to secretly check into a hospital for elbow surgery. Tom, the real Tom Brady, would’ve been about 5 years old at the time.
For Bradshaw however, he would only play one game that season before reinjuring his elbow and ultimately retiring from the NFL.
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
According to Charles Boyd, the hospital health administrator at the time, via UPI, it’s not uncommon for celebrities to use fake names when checking in to avoid the press
“The four-time Super Bowl quarterback was admitted March 3 under the name Thomas Brady. Bradshaw, who owns a farm south of Shreveport, was operated on the same day for muscle tears in his right elbow. He left the hospital March 5.”
“Many times, we have to admit people under an assumed name or under no name to keep the press and the fans away.”
Pretty wild, right?
Of course the real Tom Brady would grow up to become the winningest quarterback of all time, a seven-time Super Bowl Champ after his recent victory with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He would also go on to get drunk during the Super Bowl parade after his 7th ring, spawning the creation of incredible memes like the one pictured below.