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All he would acknowledge in response to the suggestion that a record four Super Bowl victories already constitute a dynasty was, "nobody else has done it."
Bradshaw noted that he has two years to go on his contract with the Steelers and said, "I'm here to announce I'm not going to retire, I'm here to announce officially that I will be back next season after consulting with Joe Greene and Jack Lambert.
"I have no thoughts of retiring."
Asked what team leaders Greene and Lambert said to him, Bradshaw grinned and reported, "They said they were going to kick me if I didn't come back, So . . . after giving it deep thought and consideration, I decided to come back.
"I was tired last night (at the Steeler team party Sunday) when I talked about retiring. I thought about it the last couple years. It will take me three or four months to get juiced up again. I'm really tried of football right now, the mental parts, the drain, watching films, and so forth." f
Then, Bradshaw voluteered, "I'd like to add that this young quarter-back (vince Ferragamo of the Rams) played a fine game -- if he had any doubts.
"I told him so. He knows how to handle pressure."
What should the Rams do next season about Pat Haden, who missed most of this season because of surgery on the little finger of his passing hand and Ferragamo?
"If I were coach of the Rams, I would tell Haden "You've got to beat out. Ferragamo,'" Bradshaw said.
Bradshaw was asked which quarter-back he admired. "A lot of them -- Ken Stabler, Bert Jones, Joe Ferguson -- Roger Staubach will play 'til he's 50 -- and I use to have Bob Griese up there when he was at his best. But one? Stabler. He never leaves any doubt that he can bring the Raiders back, or that he can win; even in the season when he had 30 interceptions."
Bradshaw was at the microphone as the recipient of Sport Magazine's award for being the most valuable player in the Steelers' 31-19 victory on Sunday and was asked who else rated consideration for the honor.
The quarterback was a unanimous selection last year.This time, he beat John Stallworth and kick returner Larry Anderson.
"If I had to vote, I would be between Stallworth and Anderson, for running back all those kicks for so many yards," Bradshaw said. "I'd probably vote for Stallworth who caught a 73-yard scoring pass and a 45-yarder that set up the final touchdown."
As to the dynasty question, Bradshaw said, "I'd never say the Steelers are a dynasty, they're good but not a dynasty. Dallas is a great team; the Rams are good, and Houston is knocking at the door, I don't think we'll ever be. What is a dynasty?"
When someone suggested that winning four Super Bowls in six seasons stacked up as a dynasty, bradshaw said, "Well, then I guess we are -- there, I guess I said it."
He was asked if normally impassive Coach Noll was emotional.
"He's pretty emotional when things are not going very well.
"He was very emotional after my three interceptions. He talked to me, I listened and walked away. He said of one of the interceptions. That one was not so bad; at least it was not run back for a touchdown.'"
Bradshaw said it was hard for the Steelers to come up with new plays because "Bud Carson (the former Pittsburgh defensive coordinator now with the Rams and Dan Radakovich (another former Steeler assistant now with the Rams) know me so well. It was like them being in our meeting room.
"The pass we did put in for the Rams I overthrew the first time, but then I used it twice successfully (on the two big passes to Stallworth)."