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April 24, 2013

Georgia Christian to host Terry Bradshaw

DASHER — With Georgia Christian preparing to field its first football team in 50 years this fall, school officials wanted to revert to the sports origins for its annual Benefit Dinner while retaining the popularity of recent speakers that included former First Lady Laura Bush and former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

Four-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, sports commentator, actor and television pitchman Terry Bradshaw is the man for the job.

Bradshaw is scheduled to be Georgia Christian School’s 2013 Benefit Dinner speaker on Oct. 8, said GCS Headmaster Brad Lawson and board member Ryan Warren Tuesday.

“We looked at a lot of sports stars but Terry Bradshaw seemed to be the only one who is historic but also current,” Warren said.

Having been in the spotlight through various career moves for more than 40 years, Bradshaw has a multi-generational appeal. He is also a figure who should have a positive message for the Christian school, Lawson said.

Bradshaw was the first pick of the 1970 draft and became one of the NFL’s dominant quarterbacks. He was the first quarterback to win four Super Bowl championships (1975, 1976, 1979, 1980), a feat duplicated only one other time a decade 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,” according to Bradshaw’s bio sheet. “He still holds the Super Bowl passing records for average gain per attempt in career (11.10 yards) and average gain 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.”

After football, he became a popular sports commentator. He also became a regular in various television commercials. He’s acted in numerous TV shows as himself and as characters, and played Matthew McConaughey’s father in the movie “Failure to Launch.”

In scheduling Bradshaw, Georgia Christian School returns to the beginnings of its popular Benefit Dinner events. Originally, the dinner featured sports figures as speakers. Two years ago, organizers changed directions with Mike Huckabee. Last year, the dinner featured Laura Bush.

With the school organizing its first football team in decades, organizers felt a need to return to a sports figure but one with a universal appeal.

Georgia Christian School’s Benefit Dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 8, 6 p.m. President’s Reception, 7 p.m. dinner, Valdosta State University Student Union. Various sponsorship opportunities, tickets available. Visit www.georgiachristian.org; or call (229) 559-5131.

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