Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw has always embraced the spotlight. He led the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl titles, he's appeared in several feature films, he's written five books, he's a TV pitchman, he shines on the pregame set of Fox's NFL broadcasts and now he's going to be performing on the Las Vegas Strip.
His fast-paced musical, comedy and storytelling production, "The Terry Bradshaw Show," is at the Luxor Hotel & Casino on Oct. 22 and 29.
"It is an abbreviated story of my life," Bradshaw said. "Words and songs are put to the events. I've always enjoyed being the center of attention and telling stories and singing and being funny and making the family laugh. That is just in my DNA. It's a calling. It's a pull."
From picking watermelons as a youth to picking up a football for the first time to competing at the sport's highest level, Bradshaw regales audiences with his self-deprecating humor and, perhaps, surprises them with his singing.
"A large part of me wishes that I had pursued my singing career when I had a chance back in the early '70s, but people don't take you seriously," Bradshaw said. "Because if you're a football player, you are a football playeryou're not qualified for politics, for being a doctor, a singer, an actor. It's taken a long time and still does for us to cross over. Once the opportunity is presented, we can deliver. That's the challenge of this. I love to entertain!"
Nine musical numbers are sprinkled in the show's 70 minutes, including five original songs, to reflect key moments in his life. "Going Deep," for example, is a song about Bradshaw's love for throwing the deep pass.
Bradshaw, 71, said professional athletes frequently have large personalities -- think fellow commentator Michael Irvin and "Good Morning America" co-host Michael Strahan. And he is no exception.
"We have to be careful because we can wear you out," Bradshaw said. "We're bold, and we're loud and sometimes obnoxious. So I'm very much aware of that, and I think I've done a great job in analyzing myself as a person, and I know what's irritating to me as me! I find it's more fun to be self-deprecating. I don't take myself seriously. I just enjoy people laughing."
Bradshaw is excited about the NFL's Oakland Raiders' move to Las Vegas in 2020. "It's perfect, and if (the late Raiders' owner) Al Davis were alive today, he would say, 'I told you so!' It's the Raiders, baby! Just win for Vegas! Who better to be in Vegas than the Raiders? Who better to represent the NFL, which has been so anti-gambling, than the Raiders? They've accepted it. The Raiders will be a smash here, a beautiful marriage. I can't wait."
Tickets to Bradshaw's show start at $65.99 (plus taxes and fees). VIP tickets, $199.99 (plus taxes and fees), include premier seating and a meet-and-greet with Bradshaw.