Bradshaw named speaker for 2020 Holtz Hall of Fame gala

EAST LIVERPOOL — An NFL football great, an author, a TV sports analyst, an actor, a gospel singer and a motivational speaker. No, that isn’t the entire slate of inductees for the 2020 Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame. It’s just a brief description of the celebrity guest speaker — all-American icon Terry Bradshaw.

“This will be a very memorable event,” said Robin Webster, Holtz Hall of Fame director, while making the announcement. “Terry is the consummate entertainer, and you just never know what he’s going to say or do. It promises to be a real experience.”

Bradshaw also will be inducted as the 2020 Lifetime Achievement recipient when the annual banquet is held June 8 at the St. Florian Event Center in Wintersville.

He played for the Pittsburgh Steelers 14 seasons, led them to eight AFC Central championships and won four Super Bowl titles in a six year- period between 1974 and 1979.

In 1972 he threw the “Immaculate Reception” pass to Franco Harris to beat the Raiders in the AFC Division playoffs — arguably one of the most famous plays in NFL history. He was a two-time Super Bowl MVP and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996.

Bradshaw retired after the 1983 season, and although the Steelers have not officially retired the No. 12 jersey, they have not issued it to anyone since.

His post-football career has been highlighted by extensive work in broadcasting as a football analyst on CBS and Fox.

He has written and co-written five books and recorded six albums — country western and gospel — three of which were Billboard hits. A devout Christian, he wrote “Terry Bradshaw: Man of Steel” with broadcaster Dave Diles.

Bradshaw has appeared in many television commercials and had cameo appearances on many shows, such as “Brotherly Love,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Married With Children,” “Modern Family,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “The League” and “The Jeff Foxworthy Show.”

Most recently, he starred along with William Shatner, Henry Winkler, George Foreman and Jeff Dye on the NBC series “Better Late Than Never,” which featured the group of celebrities traveling the world together. Earlier this year, he was revealed to be “The Deer” on the popular show “The Masked Singer.” He also made dozens of appearances on “The Tonight Show” and “The Tonight with Jay Leno.”

He has appeared in a volume of films including “Hooper,” “The Cannonball Run” and “Smokey and the Bandit II” with Burt Reynolds, and “The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.” and “Failure to Launch” with Matthew McConaughey.

Bradshaw is only NFL player to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Individual ticket sales will begin Sept. 1, but anyone expecting to purchase group tickets for 10 or more people can contact the hall of fame immediately to reserve tickets now.

“We’re making this announcement early and targeting a date for advance tickets sales because it is sure to sell out quickly and seating is limited,” Webster said. “In 2014 when Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was our guest speaker, we announced advance ticket sales and were nearly sold out within three days. We had to halt sales temporarily and set aside tickets for our event sponsors. It was like nothing we’d ever seen here. We expect these tickets to be in great demand.”

Tickets are $135, which covers admission, the buffet meal, a keepsake gift, a commemorative program and a chance at prize drawings held at the event. Half of that cost is tax deductible.

The entire slate of 2020 inductees will be announced at a later date.

Those interested in group ticket sales or information can call (330) 386-5443 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. The Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame is located at 120 E. 5th St. in East Liverpool.

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