BRADSHAW: Webster was part of Steelers' foundation

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Terry Bradshaw

Terry Bradshaw is a two-time Super Bowl MVP who led the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl championships during his pro career. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989 and joined "FOX NFL Sunday" in 1994.

Unlike myself, I know Webby's life after football wasn't the grandest. He went through a lot of tough years, but he never complained about anything. I want his family to know that I am deeply saddened by his passing because I know how much he loved them. In the last ten days we've lost Johnny Unitas, Bob Hayes and now Mike. These men were a huge part of the NFL family because they were such great players. Mike meant more to me than just a teammate because our careers with the were so intertwined. He was my center for the last nine years of my career, when my career really took off as a quarterback, and I couldn't have asked for a more dependable blocker and leader in front of me. His arrival was the beginning of our Super Bowl run, our four championships. I know writers have joked about how much Webby helped me with my audibles, and some of that is true. I couldn't have been the player I was without him. We were on the same wavelength during a game. He was so smart; so prepared for everything we would face in a game. We were a pulling team and the line calls started with Webby. He might have been the quickest center of all time. And, boy, was he physically and mentally tough. We all worked hard, but none as hard as Mike did. It was a great personal honor for me when Mike asked me to present him when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. I was blown away when he asked me because I know how deeply personal that moment is. I would have given anything to have been with Mike last week and ask him to bend that beautiful butt over one last time and let me put my hands under the greatest center of all time. I'm sure up in heaven Johnny U. is doing it for me.

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