Terry Bradshaw said he was certain that somewhere, Art Rooney, the late owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, was smiling.
"Art Rooney is in heaven looking down, saying, `My boys! My boys! I told you you'd make it,' " Bradshaw said Tuesday after he and a Steelers teammate, Mel Blount, were named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Blount and Bradshaw, mainstays of the Steelers teams that won an unprecedented four Super Bowl championships in the 1970s, were joined by two other members of teams that were dominant - offensive tackle Art Shell of the Oakland Raiders and defensive back Willie Wood of the Green Bay Packers.
"You've got representatives of the best teams of the '60s and '70s," Bradshaw said. "It speaks well for what athletes are taught. Athletes are told to win and they are judged on how many games they win. It's not personal accomplishments or statistics that matter most. America loves winners."
Bradshaw and Blount each gained entry in their first year of eligibility. It was Shell's second try and Wood's 13th.
Blount, a cornerback, and Bradshaw, a quarterback, each spent their 14 professional seasons with the Steelers.
Blount, a graduate of Southern University, led the NFL in interceptions in 1975 with 11 and had 57 for his career, seventh all-time, for 911 yards. He also recovered 13 fumbles, returning two for touchdowns. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound third-round draft pick played in six conference title games, four Super Bowls and five Pro Bowls.
Bradshaw, a 6-foot-3, 210-pounder from Louisiana Tech, was the first player chosen in the 1970 NFL draft. He completed 2,025 of 3,901 passes for 27,989 yards and 212 touchdowns and ran for 32 scores. Bradshaw, MVP of the 1979 and 1980 Super Bowls, holds Super Bowl records with 932 yards passing and nine touchdown passes.
Wood spent 12 seasons as a defensive back with the Packers, who won five NFL titles and the first two Super Bowls, in 1967 and 1968. He also played in seven Pro Bowls. During his career, he had 48 interceptions for 699 yards, returning two for touchdowns.
Shell played offensive tackle for the Raiders from 1968-1982, participating in eight AFL or AFC title games and two Super Bowls.
Shell, Wood, Blount and Bradshaw will be enshrined Aug. 5.