Terry Bradshaw knows a thing or two about a good quarterback. All he has to do is look in the mirror and remember he won four Super Bowl championships, the 1978 NFL MVP, and made three Pro Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers. So when he says someone isn’t good, perhaps we should all listen.
Alright, maybe that’s taking it a little too far. After all, he’s getting paid these days talking about the game he loves on Fox NFL Sunday each week and knows how to rile up football fans across the country. His latest target just so happened to be the University of Texas Longhorns and quarterback Sam Ehlinger.
Speaking at his alma mater, Louisiana Tech, where the 6-foot-3 signal caller became the No. 1 overall pick in the 1970 NFL Draft, the 70-year-old decided to take a few shots at college football powerhouses, something that will surely get Longhorns fans worked up.
Terry Bradshaw’s take on Texas QB Sam Ehlinger? “He ain’t that good.”
If the Texas Longhorns and head coach Tom Herman needed some bulletin board material heading into the season opener at Darrell K. Royal — Texas Memorial Stadium on August 31, they certainly have it now. Their opponent, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, just had the biggest star in school history and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame insult their starting quarterback.
“I never understood why players would want to go and stack up, like Texas. We open up with Texas this year. And in one year they signed three 5-A quarterbacks, two are now gone. And the one that’s playing, he ain’t that good. I’m like, ‘Really, 5-A?’ You watch him throw the football and you go, ‘Man alive.’ It’s like they go there and can’t throw the football. I’ll take our boys any day.”
— Former Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Terry Bradshaw
The “5-A” Bradshaw is referring to, of course, is a five-star quarterback. Ehlinger was a four-star recruit coming out of Austin Westlake High School.
Regardless, Bradshaw doesn’t think Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger is an elite quarterback, although his stats from last season and current Heisman Trophy odds say other wise.
As a sophomore in 2018, the 6-foot-1 Ehlinger completed nearly 65 percent of his passes for 3,292 yards with 25 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He’s expected to be one of the best players in the Big 12 next season after a solid performance against the Georgia Bulldogs of the SEC in the Sugar Bowl.
Will Ehlinger have an All-American campaign next NCAA college football season? Well, La Tech better hope it starts after the first game.