Mike Tomlin Claps Back At Terry Bradshaw With A Truly Legendary Burn
Tanya Ray Fox 04:03 pm, December 27th, 2016
In an appearance on Fox Sports 1's Speak For Yourself, Terry Bradshaw was asked about whether Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin still needs to prove that he's a great coach.
That's a fair enough question, to which you would expect to hear a diplomatic if not entirely glowing answer regarding Tomlin's up-and-down history over the years. After all, Bradshaw is one of the most iconic Steelers players of all-time.
But then again, he's Terry Bradshaw.
He did it. He went full Bradshaw.
Did you understand anything he said there? I heard something about Bill [Cowher] and Chuck Noll and the rest was incoherent. If it weren't for Jason Whitlock and Cris Carter clarifying what was said, I'd have been hard-pressed to understand any of it.
Conversely, Tomlin's response to Bradshaw's attempt at criticism was crystal clear and gloriously passive aggressive.
This is a world class response. It's the perfect combination of self-deprecation and self-defense, and it addresses his ability to take criticism while outlining the distinct difference between critique and insult.
But it's that very last comment about Hollywood Henderson and the Dallas Cowboys that makes this such a legendary clap back.
In order to fully appreciate the burn we most hop in our time machines and travel all the way back to January 21st, 1979 as the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers prepared to face off in Super Bowl VIII. Cowboys linebacker and renowned smack-talker Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson told reporters that Bradshaw "is so dumb, he couldn't spell cat if you spotted him the c and the a."
That burn is nearly 40 years old and it still plays. It's so good. It's mean, but it's a very well-crafted diss by any era's standards.
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