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Get excited for former NFL star Terry Bradshaw’s keynote address at the ConnexFM2023 National Conference.


On any given Sunday, a football team’s quarterback is one of the unquestioned leaders on the field. The responsibilities and pressure week in and week out can lead to stress for even those with the strongest bodies and minds — not dissimilar to the challenges that facilities professionals are forced to navigate in their day-to-day roles.


But with the right attitude and mindset, one can translate those challenges into personal and professional growth. With a full history of experience in this area, former NFL star Terry Bradshaw will be at the ConnexFM2023 National Conference as this year’s keynote speaker.

At a time when business is experiencing serious challenges, perhaps it’s time to go back to basics and take a closer look at what makes people successful despite disappointment, adversity and relentless competition. Legendary Hall of Fame Quarterback Terry Bradshaw, a success both on and off the field, will share with audiences his strategies for maintaining success through persistent self-improvement through his presentation, “Why Not Your Best?” All of us, he says, want to better ourselves, to learn about ourselves and to apply that learning toward a common goal. Bradshaw invites audiences to think in new ways about sacrifice, pain, competition and adversity, while giving specific examples of how to focus the power of dreaming, thinking and strategizing toward goals and success.


“At ConnexFM, we believe in delivering a competitive advantage,” stated Bill Yanek, CEO of ConnexFM. “By securing Mr. Bradshaw as our keynote this year, we are certain that his messages will resound with our attendees and inspire them to bring their efforts to the next level. It’s an honor to have one of the greatest football players in history deliver the keynote address at the 2023 event.”


The only NFL player with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Bradshaw continues to defy an easy pigeonhole. He’s a four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers), two-time Super Bowl MVP and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee; a multi-Emmy and award-winning broadcaster for FOX NFL Sunday; and an enduringly popular actor, most notably in the box office smash comedy romance “Failure to Launch.” He’s also a gospel/country singer, motivational speaker, New York Times best-selling author and breeder of championship quarter horses.


No one can spiral them into the end zone like Bradshaw.


On the Field


A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Bradshaw attended Woodlawn High School, the program that also produced former Buffalo Bills quarterback Joe Ferguson. He went on to attend Louisiana Tech, where he still holds the single-season passing and total offense records. He was a first-team Associated Press All-American as a senior in 1970 and later that year received a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Louisiana Tech.


The first player chosen in the 1970 draft, the 6'3" Bradshaw became one of the most prolific quarterbacks in history. He was the first quarterback to win four Super Bowl championships (1975, 1976, 1979 and 1980), making him a perfect 4-0 Super Bowl play, an extraordinary feat that has only been duplicated once, 10 years later, by Joe Montana. In those four performances, he completed 49 of 84 attempted passes (nine for touchdowns) for 932 yards (second all-time), with just three interceptions while amazingly calling his own plays — something rarely done when Bradshaw played and unheard of in today’s NFL. He still holds the Super Bowl passing records for average yards gained per attempt over his career (11.1 yards) and average yards gained in a game (14.71 yards in Super Bowl XIV). Bradshaw, a two-time Super Bowl MVP (Super Bowls XIII and XIV), was a four-time All-Pro. He retired prior to the 1984 season.


Life After Football


Widely acknowledged as today’s preeminent NFL studio personality, Bradshaw segued to broadcasting as a guest commentator for CBS Sports’ NFC postseason broadcasts (1980–1982). He joined CBS Sports as an NFL game analyst in 1984, then became a studio analyst on The NFL Today for four seasons beginning in 1990. Currently with his dual roles as co-host and analyst on FOX NFL Sunday, he has been a primary force in making the show America’s most-watched, and four-time Emmy Award-winning, NFL pregame program. His work on FOX NFL Sunday earned him Sports Emmy Awards in the Outstanding Sports Personality/Analyst category in 1999, 2001 and 2009, and he was named TV Guide’s Favorite Sportscaster in 1999. This hard work and dedication has made Bradshaw one of the most sought after personalities for TV talk shows and he has appeared on virtually every show on air, including numerous appearances on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno.


Along with his broadcasting career, Bradshaw has appeared in several feature films, most notably Paramount’s $100 million hit “Failure to Launch,” starring Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Bates, also lending his unique voice to the $250 million grossing animated film “Robots.” Previously, Bradshaw garnered kudos for his appearances

in “Hooper” and “Cannonball Run.” His television roles include guest starring spots on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “8 Simple Rules” and “Malcolm in the Middle,” among others. Bradshaw hosted his own talk show, “The Home Team with Terry Bradshaw,” the first talk show ever to debut simultaneously on network and syndicated television. He starred alongside Henry Winkler, William Shatner and George Foreman in 2016’s top rated summer NBC reality show, “Better Late Than Never.” Most recently, Bradshaw starred alongside Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, Glenn Close, Christopher Walken and others in the road trip, buddy mystery comedy film “Father Figures.”


Deserved Recognition


Bradshaw has racked up numerous awards and honors during his long, diverse career, and his work on behalf of those less fortunate has helped raise a tremendous amount of money and awareness while earning the gratitude and respect of countless charitable organizations. He was named NFL Player of the Year by The Associated Press, Sport magazine and the Maxwell Club of Philadelphia following his 1978 season with the Steelers. In 1979, he shared Sports Illustrated’s Man of the Year award with Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1993, he won the NFL’s Bert Bell Memorial Award for significant contributions made to the league. In 2001, Bradshaw added yet another prestigious distinction with the NFL Alumni’s Career Achievement Award.


Outside the realm of football, he was named 1999’s Man of the Year by the Big Sisters of America, 2000’s Father of the Year by the National Father’s Day Council and in October 2001 became the NFL’s first and only player to receive a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

Bradshaw spends his time at his home in Oklahoma with his wife, Tammy. He has three daughters, Rachel, Erin and Lacey.


Visit the National Conference site for more information about Terry Bradshaw's keynote address.

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