President Nixon compares hands with Louisiana Tech’s Terry Bradshaw in this April 1970 photo. The All-American quarterback, who was visiting the White House with his teammates, was drafted No. 1 overall in the 1970 NFL Draft.
“The first time I saw him—I didn’t know who he was—I saw him make this one run. He fought for every inch. He must’ve twisted and knocked 3 or 4 guys over. Spun around. Accelerated. And I said, ‘Oh my goodness! What kind of animal is this?’ All those moves. The strength, the tenacity. Give me the heart of Walter Payton. There’s never been a greater heart.”