Former Cowboys Star Pulled Into Steelers Family Squabble

    A war of words broke out this weekend between iconic Terry Bradshaw and current . A former star was pulled into the crossfire.

    Bradshaw fired the first volley on sports talk show for :

    “I don’t think he’s a great coach at all… he’s a nice coach. To me, I’ve said this, he’s really a great cheerleader guy. I don’t know what he does. I don’t think he is a great coach at all. His name never even pops in my mind when we think about great coaches in the NFL.”

    That's a harsh assessment of a coach who's won two Super Bowls and has five division titles and seven playoff appearances in 10 seasons. As you can imagine many current Steelers players have not taken kindly to Bradshaw's critique.

    However, it was Mike Tomlin himself who had the best response of all:

    “…terms like ‘cheerleader guy,’ to me, maybe fall outside the bounds of critique or criticism. They probably fall more to the area of disrespect or unprofessional. But what do I know? I grew up a Dallas fan. Particularly a Hollywood Henderson fan.”

    There's no question that Tomlin knew exactly what he was evoking by bringing up Henderson in relation to Bradshaw.

    Hollywood Henderson
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    A Cowboys in the late 1970s, Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson gained notoriety for insulting Terry Bradshaw in the lead-up to the Cowboys and Steelers meeting in XIII. Henderson said that Bradshaw was so dumb that “he couldn't spell ‘cat' if you spotted him the ‘C' and the ‘A.'”

    Bradshaw got the laugh laugh that year, beating Henderson and the Cowboys in that Super Bowl. He will have a much harder time winning any fight with Mike Tomlin, though, as the Steelers' coach has arguably the best resume of any active head coach other than .

    Tomlin may have to go through the Dallas Cowboys if he wants to win his third Super Bowl this season. If that day comes, I'll be more than happy to see Dallas help Bradshaw's case.

    Jess Haynie
    Jess Haynie
    Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!


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