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July 17, 2008

Release from Bengals opened world of medicine to Bradley

Dr. Jim Bradley has had a tremendous impact on the careers of some of the NFL’s top performers for two decades. His skills as an orthopedic surgeon have enabled hundreds of injured athletes to continue playing the game.

Between a football playing career that included a stop at Penn State and a tryout with the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals, and his work in medicine, Bradley earned his spot in the Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame. He will be inducted Saturday alongside his sister, Patty Bradley-Marino, and seven others.

“My first reaction was that my brother Tom and Jack Ham have been making fun of me for years because they were in and I wasn’t and now I’m happy that I don’t have to listen to that anymore,” he joked.

“The second thing is that it is such a rich area for athletics that they would choose me is a great honor. I understand why Jack and Tom got in, but I’m a little different story.”

Bradley has been the head team physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers since 1991 and is the past president of the NFL Physicians Society. He serves on the NFL Injury and Safety Panel.

Bradley specializes in orthopedic sports medicine and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, elbow and knee and has built a practice with his business partner, Chip Burke, that caters to elite-level athletes in sports from football and hockey to professional golf.

His athletic career has roots at Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown, where he played football and earned all-state honors on both offense and defense in 1970. As a Crushers end, Bradley was an Associated Press first-team defense pick and a second-team offense selection.

His athletic skills took him to Happy Valley, where Bradley played under legendary Penn State coach Joe Paterno.

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