Terry Bradshaw, NFL Legend Eliminated From 'Masked Singer,' Had Billboard Success as a Country Singer in the Late '70s

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Terry Bradshaw photographed circa 1970.

Terry Bradshaw showed off his singing chops on Wednesday night’s (Jan. 16) The Masked Singer -- but it wasn’t enough to take him to next round, as the Hall of Fame NFL quarterback was eliminated after his deer-costumed performance of Florida Georgia Line's “Get Your Shine On.”

Bradshaw’s not-to-be-forgotten vocals were on full display while he sang FGL's 2012 country smash -- but the Shreveport native had some hits of his own when he came out with his debut album, I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, in 1976.

The two-time Super Bowl MVP told Billboard in 2012 that music was his first love, which might be why he began his professional music career with the LP while he was quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He even landed on the Billboard Hot 100 with the record’s namesake song, a cover of Hank Williams' 1949 country classic "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."

"Lonesome" also became Bradshaw's biggest hit on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, peaking at No. 17 in March of 1976, while the album's rendition of Roger Miller's “The Last Word in Lonesome is Me,” also made it to the chart, hitting No. 90 that July. 

Following up Bradshaw's first album was his 1980 LP, Until You. The record’s title track reached No. 73 on Hot Country Songs, and is another slow-jam with romantic lyrics, “I never had a special place to go and kick my shoes off/ And really sing the blues when I was blue/ Until you.” It was his final appearance on a Billboard chart. 

On Wednesday’s The Masked Singer appearance, Bradshaw said that it was the challenge that attracted him to the show. “I’m glad I did it,” he said after he was eliminated. “The deer represents me in the sense that I got a wild side to me, I find deer to be extremely beautiful, just like me.”