Terry Bradshaw reveals why he kept cancer diagnosis a secret

Early last month, Fox NFL Sunday co-host and analyst Terry Bradshaw revealed on the show that he had been battling cancer for a year. Bradshaw said there that he was diagnosed with bladder cancer last November, underwent surgery and treatment for it, and then was diagnosed with Merkel cell tumor (a rare form of bladder cancer). skin) in March, had undergone treatment for it and was now cancer-free. NBC Today featured an article about Bradshaw from NBC News correspondent Harry Smith on Wednesday, and it included Bradshaw explaining why he didn’t publicly reveal his cancer diagnosis for nearly a year.

Here are some key quotes from NBC writing this.

“I didn’t talk about it because I didn’t want pity. I haven’t talked about it because a lot of celebrities – unfortunately I’m one of them – when they say that, I think the perception around America with all the millions of people is, ‘Aw, look at it . Bless his heart. He has cancer. Well, my husband died of cancer! My kids are… “I didn’t want that.”

“It took me a long time to tell my family about it,” he added.

But when he received negative feedback from fans, he decided to share his story publicly.

“I couldn’t breathe,” he recalls. “That’s when everyone noticed. ‘What’s wrong with him?’ Social media was saying, ‘Get rid of him. He must be off the air. It is a source of embarrassment. And I was like, ‘Embarrassment? I have cancer.’

This interview also includes some notable quotes of Bradshaw’s wife, Tammyin particular about his diagnosis of Merkel cell tumor:

“The doctor calls me to tell me what it is, and then I’m shaken because I was a radiation therapist for 10 years,” she says. “I knew where this could lead. I knew what the results might be. And it scared me the second time with this diagnosis.

“I never told him that, but inside I carried a lot more worry and stress than what I told him, I think.”

It’s understandable why Bradshaw didn’t necessarily want the attention that comes with someone so much in the public spotlight announcing that they’re battling cancer. And it’s interesting that he was motivated to finally mention it by the criticism he took for running out of steam in a particular segment.

Bradshaw, who turned 74 in September, had a significant NFL career as a quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1970 to 1983, but he had an even longer career. in broadcasting. He was a guest analyst for the NFL on CBS postseason shows from 1980 to 1982 while playing, then became a regular game analyst for them in 1984, working alongside Verne Lundquist. He then went to CBS The NFL today studio show in 1990 and worked there until 1993, then was an original figure on Fox NFL Sunday when it launched in 1994 and has been there ever since.

Bradshaw’s life has had many ups and downs as he discussed in the HBO documentary Terry Bradshaw: Going Deep (based on his autobiographical variety show, with additional interviews) earlier this year. But he seems to be in a good position now, both mentally and physically. And it’s good to hear that he’s fine, even though there have been some scary times for his family because of this cancer scare.