Terry Bradshaw, whose football career spanned from Shreveport’s Woodlawn High School and Louisiana Tech to four Super Bowl wins with the Pittsburgh Steelers, headlines a group of four to be honored March 7 for their contributions to the sport by The Touchdown Club of New Orleans.
Also scheduled to be honored are collegiate award winner Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth, prep award recipient Lutcher High School coach Tim Detillier and Bob Roesler Media Award winner John DeShazier, a former sports columnist for The Times-Picayune currently working as the color analyst for the Pelicans and writer for NewOrleansSaints.com.
Bradshaw, the 25th recipient of the Pete Rozelle Award, is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1989) and Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (1988). When his playing career ended in 1983, he moved into sports broadcasting. He later became a studio analyst, first with The NFL Today (1990-93), then in his current position as an affable entertainer on Fox Sports Sunday.
“He’s very excited about it,” said Charles Heim, chairman of the selection committee, adding that all four honorees are planing to attend the banquet.
At UL-Lafayette, Hudspeth has compiled the best four-year span in school history. During this time, the Ragin’ Cajuns became the lone program in NCAA history to win the same bowl game — the New Orleans Bowl — in four consecutive seasons (2011-14).
During his 28 seasons as a prep football head coach (four at St. Charles Catholic and 24 at Lutcher), Detillier’s teams have never missed the playoffs. He also has won more than 250 games.
At Lutcher, he won state titles in 2003, 2006 and 2008 as well as numerous semifinal and quarterfinal appearances.
“I’ve been blessed because we’ve had a lot of talented players and coaches,” he said. “I have to share this honor with them because I couldn’t have don’t this by myself. I’m very, very thankful.”
DeShazier, a native of Macon, Georgia, moved to New Orleans in 1992 as a high school sportswriter, quickly moving up to cover the Saints and become a general sports columnist. He’s entering his third season with the Saints and Pelicans.
The group will be honored at a banquet held at the Windsor Court Hotel. Tickets ($125) are available; call (504) 242-4545.