Bill Bradshaw is 81-years-old and has recently hit two hole-in-ones, on and off the golf course.

Two years before Bill Bradshaw retired, his son Terry Bradshaw, also known as the Blond Bomber and two-time Super Bowl MVP for NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, bought him a set of golf clubs. Twenty-two years later, Bill Bradshaw hit his first hole-in-one.

Last Saturday, Bill Bradshaw and two of his sons, Terry and Gary Bradshaw spent the day at the WinStar Casino Golf Course in Thackerville, Okla.

On hole No. 17 of 18, Bill Bradshaw said he used his driver to hit a ball 210 yards. However, he did not know he made a hole-in-one at first.

“The cross-wind was blowing and I fade the ball anyway,” said Bill Bradshaw. “He (Terry Bradshaw) can’t be me out of it and nobody else, but I nearly hit it good and I knew it went to the sand trap because the sun was in our eyes.”

For about five minutes the three men searched the sand trap looking for Bill Bradshaw’s golf ball. Luckily, he said he always marks his balls with a red line around the center.

With no luck finding the missing ball, Terry Bradshaw said he decided to go ahead and try for a birdie. But when he looked into the hole, he couldn’t believe what he found.

“When I looked by the cup I asked Gary to come over and look too,” said Terry Bradshaw “I said, ‘Oh my God Gary, is that his ball?’ Gary asked dad if he had a red stripe on his ball and he said, ‘yeah,’ so we pulled it out. It got me. I made a birdie, Gary made a par but it was the coolest thing ever. I couldn’t believe it. I just went beside myself. 81 and a driver on par 3.”

Bill Bradshaw describes his son’s reaction a little differently.

“You nearly killed me the way you were slapping me on the shoulder,” said Bill Bradshaw.

The thrill of Bill Bradshaw’s shot was much more than just the excitement of the golf game. Saturday marked the first day he was able to play 18 holes in a year.

Fifteen months ago, Bill Bradshaw was diagnosed with colon cancer. Shortly after he discovered he had cancer, 15 of his lymph nodes and 2 feet of his colon were removed.

Eight weeks later, Bill Bradshaw began chemotherapy.

“It’s terrible,” he said. “The side affects are terrible. I lost 35 pounds.”

But the day before Christmas, Bill Bradshaw and his family received an early Christmas present.

“We went up to the hospital and they showed us on a cat scan,” said Bill Bradshaw. “You talk about a hole-in-one, that don’t even compare to that. It was the best Christmas present I could have is to hear that I’m cancer free. That was great.”

Doctors have told him that they are 89.8 percent sure at this point that he will not have cancer again.

If in six months, Bill Bradshaw’s colon cancer has not returned then he said he won’t have to worry about it returning and will only have to be checked once a year for cancer.

“He’s got bragging rights now,” said Terry Bradshaw about both the hole-in-ones his father has made.

Bill, Terry and Gary Bradshaw all plan to sign the famous golf ball, date it and frame it for safe keeping.

Bill Bradshaw said his hearing is fading and he currently talks by using his false vocal chords, but he stills feels young and hopes to make another hole-in-one on the golf course.

“I’ll be 82 in April but I feel like I’m 59,” said Bill Bradshaw. “You can’t beat that.”





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