Hey, I'm a single guy. And I'm not perfect. Besides, you've got to have the whole picture. Man, this interview has gone from buying homes to women at Safeway to dancing on bars. This interview just got good.
You know what else is good? Football. Bradshaw has a home near Dallas, as well as Phoenix, so guess which city's NFL team he'd rather play for?
If I could still play today, I'd want to go to Arizona, because there's no way they'd accept me in Dallas . But I also think one of the great minds in coaching is [the Cardinals'] Denny Green. I think I'd learn a lot from him.
Then again, he might not want to play at all.
Two things would be appealing to me about being able to play today. First and foremost, I'd be making millions. Well, as a matter of fact, that would be the only thing that'd be appealing. They wouldn't let me call my own plays [like he did with the Steelers], and I wouldn't like that. I really prefer the era I played in. The game today is too exposed - too many radio talk shows, too much television, too much everything. Everything gets out, you can't keep things in-house. I liked the game itself better when I played, too. It was more physical. They didn't have chuck rules after five yards. You could body slam quarterbacks, bump and run. It was vicious.
Depression is vicious, too, especially when you're known for being a maniacally cheery TV guy.
I was diagnosed as being clinically depressed seven years ago. I was as surprised as anyone to find out. But I was happy to know that I had something wrong with me. I didn't want to talk about it publicly at first. But going public with it has been the greatest thing I've ever done. I feel like I'm helping people. I've had men come up to me in the grocery store and thank me. Grocery stores are a big part of my life, have you picked up on that?
Got it. But, then, so is golf, and the Phoenix area is home to more than 200 courses. His club of choice is private and requires a hefty membership fee.
I play at Whisper Rock. It's eight minutes up the road from my house, and it's truly awesome. But the area is loaded with great places to play. We have some of the greatest courses in the world.
Just don't forget, it's hot out there. Yeah, yeah, it's a dry heat. But it's still hot.
Phoenix has 13 or 14 percent humidity, whereas Dallas could have 60 percent. But, still, we were out playing golf one day, and it was 113 degrees. I forgot my sunglasses, so as we're driving around from hole to hole, I would just close my eyes. It was so hot, it was burning my eyelids. Then, the next day it was 109, and I felt like I should put a sweater on. It was comfortable. That doesn't make any sense, but that's how it is.
When it drops to 108, we hear they even freeze water and play hockey.
I wanted to move out to the Phoenix area in part because of the climate and sports activities. We have the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Coyotes, and we have golf tournaments. It's an excellent sports town. Plus, you have every social activity you can think of, from opera to ballet to country music. And the wonderful thing about it is that you can pick and choose whatever you want to do. You can drive a Jeep or a Rolls-Royce. (I prefer the Jeep.) You can do the city stuff, or stay out in nature. I'm there because it's beautiful and relaxing and natural. But if and when I choose to go out and do something, it's all there, too.