‘He’s Like the Older Brother I Never Wanted’

This week, Hollywood is in mourning after the death of comedian Robin Williams. His career spanned decades and he was loved by millions who watched his stand-up sets on Comedy Central or saw him win an Oscar for best supporting actor in 1989’s Dead Poet Society. Williams’ impact goes beyond just movies–he had a big hand in shaping pop culture as we know it today.

“He’s Like the Older Brother I Never Wanted” is a short story about a young man who has an older brother that he never wanted. The older brother does not understand what it means to be younger than his sibling, and always makes fun of him for being so young.

'He's Like the Older Brother I Never Wanted'

For over three decades, Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw have adorned TV screens in the hour leading up to Sunday NFL games. Both are Hall of Famers who are now well-known television personalities. Long recently spoke out on his friendship with Bradshaw and the rest of his FOX NFL Sunday “family.”

Since 1994, Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw have collaborated.

Fox Sports analyst and former NFL quarterback Terry Bradshaw talks with analyst Howie Long prior to Super Bowl LIV between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida.

Fox Sports analyst and former NFL quarterback Terry Bradshaw talks with analyst Howie Long prior to Super Bowl LIV between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long | Getty Images/Jamie Squire .

Since 1994, Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw have been on TV together.

According to FOXSports, Bradshaw departed from the NFL in 1984 and immediately joined CBS as an NFL commentator. When FOX, a little upstart network at the time, shockingly purchased the rights to a portion of the NFL package in 1993, the former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback switched to the network.

According to FOXSports, Long retired in 1993 and promptly joined the new FOX team. The FOX NFL Sunday pregame program debuted in 1994, with presenter James Brown and former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson.

Johnson went to coach the Miami Dolphins after the debut season. Ronnie Lott, a Hall of Fame safety with the San Francisco 49ers, took his spot. Lott was subsequently replaced by Cris Collinsworth, Johnson was reinstated, and Brown was replaced by Curt Menefee. After Collinsworth departed, Michael Strahan joined the team, resulting in the current lineup of Menefee, Long, Bradshaw, Johnson, and Strahan.

The program has featured a diverse group of non-NFL players and coaches throughout the years. Jimmy Kimmel, Jillian Barberie, Frank Caliendo, and Rob Riggle are among them. The non-player/coach positions will be filled by NFL insider Jay Glazer and reporter Charissa Thompson in 2021.

The former Raider expressed his sentiments regarding the former Pittsburgh Steeler and the rest of his ‘FOX NFL Sunday crew’ in an interview.

Howie Long was recently on the Pat McAfee Show, and one of the subjects discussed during the discussion was the FOX Sunday team. Long, Terry Bradshaw, Curt Menefee, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson, and Jay Glazer, according to the presenter, seem to be a close-knit family.

Long discussed his brotherly bond with Bradshaw as well as the other members of the Sunday morning crew:

Terry and I have been together for 28 years, at least six of which have been spent as dogs. He’s the one I’m looking for. I adore him to the point of obsession. He reminds me of the elder brother I never had. We have a terrific group, and everyone in that group, clearly, has a cause to brag and feel good about themselves. When you walk through the door, though, all of that goes out the window. We also laugh more off-camera than on-camera. Terry never tells me what he’s going to say. Michael, Jimmy is fantastic; we couldn’t have picked a better man for the program if we tried. Curt is the only person on set who can read the prompter, which is fantastic. What you see is precisely what you get.

Terry Bradshaw and the ‘FOX NFL Sunday’ team, according to Howie Long

Because of the co-hosts’ connections, Long claims that the FOX NFL Sunday team breaks through the noise of “75,000 distinct programs with 75,000 takes.”

The show’s tenure, particularly with Long and Bradshaw, is incredible, and the two are now broadcasting legends.

Many fans of Bradshaw and Long, the pregame hosts, may not be aware with their Hall of Fame careers and may not know who was the better player a couple decades after their playing careers ended.

Who had the most successful career? Howie Long or Terry Bradshaw? 

Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long both had Hall of Fame careers in the NFL. Despite the fact that they both came from tiny colleges that aren’t renowned for football — Bradshaw Louisiana Tech and Long Villanova — their careers took quite different paths.

In the 1970 NFL Draft, Bradshaw was the first overall choice. The “Blonde Bomber” went on to become one of the most successful quarterbacks in NFL history over the following 14 seasons.

Bradshaw led the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 107-51 record as a starter. According to StatMuse, his 66.1 percent career winning percentage ties him with Joe Montana for seventh greatest all-time among quarterbacks with at least 150 games played. He is tied for third all-time in postseason victories with Montana (16) and Tom Brady (14). (34).

Bradshaw’s résumé includes the 1978 MVP Award, three Pro Bowl appearances, one All-Pro selection, and four Super Bowl appearances (tied with Montana for second most behind Brady’s seven).

Long, a Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end, also won a Super Bowl in 1983. His Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, on the other hand, only made it to the AFC Championship once more in his 13-year tenure.

While Bradshaw’s Steelers enjoyed greater success than Long’s Raiders due to his eight Hall of Fame colleagues, the pass rusher won more individual awards. He was an eight-time Pro Bowler and a three-time All-Pro. His 91.5 career sacks rank him 80th all-time in the NFL.

So, was Howie Long’s Terry Bradshaw better?

They were both all-time greats, to be sure. However, Bradshaw’s Super Bowl victory likely gives him the edge as an all-time great. Long, on the other hand, was the player with the most individual dominance.

Pro Football Reference provided all stats.

READ MORE: Raiders Legend Howie Long Has a Strong Message for His Raider Family Before the Team Steamrolled the Broncos and After the Jon Gruden Scandal

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