Happy Birthday to Longhorn Legend Bill Bradley

Happy Birthday to the legendary Longhorn and one of the best athletes in the history of the State. Bradley led Palestine the 1964 state title, coming back from a 23-0 halftime deficit. A right-handed passer and left-footed kicker, at 5'11 he could dunk a basketball with either hand, broad-jumped 23 feet in his first attempt, played shortstop and switch-hit at the plate. On the football field, he could throw with either hand, kick with either foot. 

Bradley was so good on the diamond that the Detroit Tigers drafted Bradley offering a $40,000 dollar signing bonus. Bradley opted to join Darrell Royal's dynasty at Texas. At Texas Bradley played quarterback and defensive back. Tabbed "Super Bill" while at UT, was a sophomore quarterback for the Longhorns and was featured in an SI article that same season as his legend grew.

He served as a tri-captain on Darrell Royal's 1968 Longhorn team that finished the season 9-1-1, and tied for the Southwest Conference championship. The 1968 Longhorns were ranked third in the final Associated Press poll, and went on to win the Cotton Bowl.

Bradley went on to a great career with the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, and the St. Louis Football Cardinals. He was a 3X Pro Bowler from his defensive back position. Bradley went into coaching after his playing days were over, including  stops with the Chargers, Bills, Jets, Baylor, the Toronto Argonauts, Calgary Stampeders, San Antonio Texans, Florida Tuskers, and his alma mater. 

Most recently Bradley was defensive coordinator for Ray Woodard's Lamar Cardinal program, retiring in 2014. Bradley retired from the game as a member of the Texas Sports, Texas High School, University of Texas and Philadelphia Eagles Halls of Fame.

Posted on January 24, 2017 and filed under Southwest Round-Up, Texas.